Dimitris Papaioannou Plus

Athens, Greece

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director, choreographer,
visual artist, performer


Born in Athens in 1964. Trained with the painter Yannis Tsarouchis. He has worked as a painter, performer, comics artist, choreographer and director. A founding member of Edafos Dance Theatre (1986-2002), he conceived, directed and choreographed all of the company’s productions. Conceived and directed the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the ATHENS 2004 Olympic Games.

In 2006, he created the work “2”, and in 2008 presented “MEDEA(2)”. In 2009, he inaugurated the renovated Main Stage of the Greek National Theatre with the work “NOWHERE”. He spent Spring 2010 in New York on a Fulbright Artist’s Scholarship. Returning to Athens, he staged “K.K.”, the concert of a song cycle by Lena Platonos for 13 poems by C.P. Cavafy with video projections. In 2011, he created the six-hour theatrical installation “INSIDE”.

At the Athens Festival 2012, he presented his latest work “PRIMAL MATTER”, appearing as a performer for the first time in ten years. The work has since been performed in Thessaloniki, New York, Edinburgh and Moscow, and was presented again at the Athens Festival in 2013 for a run of 26 performances. In November 2013, he was invited to take part in the PEN American Center Tribute to C.P. Cavafy in New York, where he brought the evening to a close with the finale from “PRIMAL MATTER”, and also presented a video projection from “K.K.”.

He will première a new work, "STILL LIFE", at the Onassis Cultural Centre in Athens on 23 May 2014.

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