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Dimitris Papaioannou: Eine neue Arbeit

A New Work

In co-operation with Onassis Stegi, Athens

German Premiere

“The Great Tamer” wowed audiences in Recklinghausen last year. The show reached over 90.000 people in 23 countries worldwide. Now, Ruhrfestspiele will co-produce and present Dimitris Papaioannou’s new and still untitled project.

Last spring, more than 500 performers and dancers from all over the world auditioned for Papaioannou. Those who made the cut have begun rehearsals with him in January 2020. The premiere of his second international coproduction is expected in May in Athens, only four weeks before it will be presented in Recklinghausen. Until then, silence. There can be no title for a work that is in progress in every sense. Or as Papaioannou himself has said: “My works evolve during rehearsal; they are not composed beforehand. I prepare material only in order to kickstart the process – and most of the time, I throw it out. I’ve resolved to not know what the outcome will be ahead of time, to trust in the process. In the end, if I am lucky, the work reveals itself and I try to understand it, to perfect it. I reserve the right to change it all at the last moment. What’s the use of plans and pretensions? Art is praxis. If I talk about it, I will only either mislead you or betray the work.”

Produced by ONASSIS STEGI / premiere at ONASSIS STEGI Athens, May 2020 / Co-produced by Ruhrfestspiele Recklinghausen (Recklinghausen), Biennale de la danse de Lyon 2020 (Lyon), Dance Umbrella / Sadler's Wells Theatre (London), Fondazione Campania dei Festival – Napoli Teatro Festival Italia (Naples), Grec Festival de Barcelona (Barcelona), Holland Festival (Amsterdam), Luminato Festival Toronto / TO Live (Toronto), Saitama Arts Theatre (Tokyo) / ROHM Theatre Kyoto (Kyoto), Stanford Live / Bing Concert Hall (Stanford), Teatro Municipal do Porto (Porto), Théâtre de la Ville – Paris / Théâtre du Châtelet (Paris), UCLA’s Center for the Art of Performance (Los Angeles) / With the support of Festival Aperto (Reggio Emilia), HELLERAU – European Centre for the Arts (Dresden), Lithuanian dance information centre (Vilnius), National Arts Centre (Ottawa), ONE DANCE WEEK Festival (Plovdiv), P.P. Culture Enterprises Ltd (Tel Aviv), Teatro della Pergola – Firenze (Florence), Torinodanza Festival / Teatro Stabile di Torino – Teatro Nazionale (Torino). Supported by Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports / Dimitris Papaioannou is supported by MEGARON - THE ATHENS CONCERT HALL / Executive producer: 2WORKS

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