Dimitris Papaioannou presents “The Great Tamer” at Usine C from January 24-27


Dance-theatre | Greece | 1 h 40
Special event | Canadian première

Dimitris Papaioannou offers the must-see event of the 2019 winter season with a single stop in Canada in between Los Angeles and Australia. The renowned Greek choreographer presents his most recent creation, the world-acclaimed The Great Tamer, at Usine C for four nights only, from January 24 to 27. A visual masterpiece, infused with a dreamlike quality and elements of tragedy, the piece for 10 performers offers a dazzling performance. A rare opportunity for Montreal audiences to experience this truly unique artistic event.

After creating a sensation at the Avignon Festival in 2017, The Great Tamer has seduced audiences around the world. At once mysterious and enchanting, it conjures up images that pay homage to some of history’s greatest artists, from Rembrandt to Kubrick. The inclined stage is covered with moveable grey plates evoking the substrata of a cemetery or a geological site. Trap doors open and close, the ground shifts and undulates as the bodies of the performers disappear into the entrails of the earth. In his visually rich, dreamlike world, Dimitris Papaioannou evokes ancient and modern myths and combines dance, theatre and physical props to offer up his vision of life and death. World chaos has never looked this poetic.

“Dimitris Papaioannou deploys the language of painters […] to depict
a brief history of humanity.”
Philippe Noisette, Les Échos, 2017

“A dreamlike creation, hovering in the space between mysterious layers and infernal rebus.
Suffocating in its beauty.”
Anne DiatkineLibération, 2017


© Julian Mommert

Dimitris Papaioannou

After winning acclaim as a visual artist and comic-book illustrator, Dimitris Papaioannou shifted his focus to the performing arts, as a set, lighting and sound designer, performer and founder of the renowned Edafos Dance Theatre. Since 1986, he has built an international reputation for his visually stunning original works that are a hybrid of experimental dance, physical theatre and performance. He has created more than 25 productions, seen on stages around the world. He has also received major commissions, including designing the opening and closing ceremonies of the Athens Olympic Games in 2004 and an invitation to create an original choreography for Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch in 2018.

Conceived – Visualized + Directed by Dimitris Papaioannou With Pavlina Andriopoulou, Costas Chrysafidis, Dimitris Kitsos, Ioannis Michos, Evangelia Randou, Kalliopi Simou, Drossos Skotis, Christos Strinopoulos, Yorgos Tsiantoulas, Alex Vangelis Set Design + Art Direction in collaboration with Tina Tzoka C Artistic Collaborator for costumes Aggelos MendisLighting Designed in collaboration with Evina Vassilakopoulou Artistic Collaborator for Sound Giwrgos Poulios Sound Design Kostas Michopoulos Music Johann Strauss II, An der schönen blauen Donau, Op. 314 Music Adaptation Stephanos Droussiotis Sculpture Design Nectarios Dionysatos Costume – Props Painting Maria Ilia Creative – Executive Producer + Assistant Director Tina Papanikolaou Assistant Director Stephanos Droussiotis Assistant Director + Rehearsal Director Pavlina Andriopoulou Technical Director Manolis Vitsaxakis Stage Manager Dinos Nikolaou Assistant Sound Designer Nicholas Kazazis Assistant to the Set Designer – Set Painter Mary Antonopoulou Assistants to the Sculptor Maria Papaioannou + Konstantinos Kotsis Production Assistant Tzela Christopoulou, Kali Kavvatha Tour Manager + International Relations Julian Mommert Executive Production Assistant Kali Kavvatha Produced by Onassis Cultural Centre – Athens (Greece) Co-produced by CULTURESCAPES Greece 2017 (Switzerland), Dansens Hus Sweden (Sweden), EdM Productions, Festival d’Avignon (France), Fondazione Campania dei Festival – Napoli Teatro Festival Italia (Italy), Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg (Luxembourg), National Performing Arts Center-National Theater & Concert Hall | NPAC-NTCH (Taiwan), Seoul Performing Arts Festival | SPAF (Korea), Théâtre de la Ville – Paris / La Villette – Paris (France). Executive Producer 2WORKS, with the support of ALPHA BANK et MEGARON – THE ATHENS CONCERT HALL Presented by Usine C, with the support of Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec and Fondation Onassis USA.



For tickets and more information, visit www.usine-c.com

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