New Creation

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The 2020 archive

Dimitris Papaioannou

Athènes / Created in 2020



The struggle of the son against the father, of modernity against Antiquity, of dwarves against giants… Dimitris Papaioannou asks the major question of legacy and of the acceptance of what is passed on to us. Founding myths exist to inspire us and help us on our paths. Who is the Minotaur, this step-son born of adultery, monstrous and kept locked up, killed by Athens so the city can become the new civilisation? Who is Zeus, the son who escaped his father Kronos’s hunger to found a new world? New Creation is all that. Stories of sons, stories of men. Confrontations, transgressions, assimilations. For this handover, the Cour d’honneur du Palais des papes transforms right in front of us and becomes a place of illusions, full of mythological figures and burlesque silhouettes. In an inexhaustible quest for classical beauty, this visual theatre gives us the possibility of an island: an enchanting and philosophical place from which we could look back on our modern times with tenderness, a place of water and femininity.


With Šuka Horn, Jan Möllmer, Breanna O'Mara, Damiano Ottavio Bigi, Dimitris Papaioannou, Lukasz Przytarski, Christos Strinopoulos, Michalis Theophanous
(in progress)

Conception and direction Dimitris Papaioannou


Production Onassis Stegi
Executive production 2WORKS
Co-production Festival d'Avignon, Biennale de la danse de Lyon 2020, Dance Umbrella / Sadler's Wells Theatre (Londres), Fondazione Campania dei Festival - Napoli Teatro Festival, Grec Festival de Barcelona, Holland Festival, Luminato (Toronto) / TO Live, Ruhrfestspiele Recklinghausen, Saitama Arts Theatre/ ROHM Theatre Kyoto, Stanford Live / Stanford University, Teatro Municipal do Porto, Théâtre de la Ville - Paris / Théatre du Châtelet, UCLA's Center for the Art of Performance (Los Angeles).
With the support of Festival Aperto (Reggio Emilia, Italie), Hellerau European Centre for the Arts (Dresde), National Arts Centre (Ottawa), New Baltic Dance Festival (Vilnius), One dance week Festival (Plovdiv, Bulgarie), P.P. Culture Enterprises Ltd (Tel Aviv), Teatro della Pergola (Florence), Torinodanza Festival / Teatro Stabile di Torino - Teatro Nazionale (Turin), Ministère de la Culture et des Sports (Grèce), Megaron (Athènes)

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