Dimitris Papaioannou

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and light designer, choreographer and director. During a work period in New York under the wings of Ellen Stewart, he became acquainted with butoh and avant-garde dance. He was co-founder of Kontrosol sto Haos (1986-1992), one of the first Greek fanzines to discuss gay topics. As the principal founder of the influential company Edafos Dance Theatre (1986-2002) he conceived, directed, and choreographed all of the company’s 17 productions. In 2004, he designed and directed the opening and closing ceremonies for the Olympic Games in Athens. In 2006 he presented his work 2 that enjoyed a successful run of 100.000 sold tickets, and in 2008 he restaged Medea that received the same success. In 2009 he presented Nowhere, the opening performance for the renovated main stage of the National Theatre of Greece. With Primal Matter (2012), Papaioannou performed for the first time in many years himself on stage. This performance premiered at the Athens Festival and toured to Thessaloniki, New York, Edinburgh, Moscow, Vicenza, Vienna, and London. In 2014 his work Still Life premiered at the Onassis Cultural Centre – Athens, and one year later he was responsible for Origins, the opening ceremony of the 1st European Games in Baku. In 2015-17 Still Life toured to theatres in Bordeaux, Paris, Milan, Stockholm, Cagliari, Santiago, Limassol, Braga, São Paulo, Antwerp, Belgrade, Montpellier, Singapore, Rennes, Seville, and Sydney. This new creation is Papaioannou's debut at the Holland Festival.