Greek artist made film in one single six-hour take


Dimitris Papaioannou

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Inside is an art film, made in one single fascinating six-hour take, capturing a large-scale theatre experiment. The Greek artist Dimitris Papaioannou, whose new work is being performed at the festival, built a room in the Pallas Theatre in the heart of Athens. Thirty performers went home to it repeatedly. For six hours they performed the rituals, movements and habits of people in their homes. Inside shows the extraordinary similarity of all people’s behaviour when in the confines of their own home. Audiences are invited to enter whenever they want, see as much as they want, and come back as many times as they want.

'Reality stands in opposition to the aesthetically perfect appearances of the thirty young performers, who seem to have sprung from Edward Hopper and David Hockney paintings to fill the space. This endeavour manages to stimulate thought in these times of absolute impasse, where the need for mental reorientation is urgent and essential.’  – Naftemporiki



Dimitris Papaioannou (1964) was born in Athens. As a teenager, he was trained by painter Yannis Tsarouchis and he studied at the Athens School of Fine Arts. Throughout the course of his career, Papaioannou has presented himself as a performer, painter, 

cartoonist, stage designer, choreographer and director. During a work period in New York, he became acquainted with butoh and avant-garde dance. He was also co-founder of Kontrosol sto Haos (1986-1992), one of the first Greek magazines to discuss gay topics, and he provided contributions to the activist gay magazine To Kraximo (1981-1994). For his comic Un Bon Plan he received first prize from the RTM (Régie des Transports de Marseille) at the 4th Biennale of Young Artists from Europe and the Mediterranean (BJCEM). As one of the founders of the influential company Edafos Dance Theatre (1986-2002) he was responsible for creating, directing and choreographing all of their productions, including The Mountain (1987), The Last Song of Richard Strauss (1990), the trilogy The Songs (1991), Medea (1993) and For Ever (2001). In 2004, he designed and directed the opening and closing ceremonies for the Olympic Games in Athens, for which he received the Golden Cross of the Order of Honour, awarded by the President of the Hellenic Republic. In 2009, with Zafos Xagoraris, he was co-curator of the exhibition Heaven Line at the 2nd Athens Biennale. In the same year, 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 at the Athens Festival. This performance toured to Thessaloniki, New York, Edinburgh and Moscow. His successful production Still Life premiered at the Onassis Cultural Centre in 2014 and went on tour to theatres in Bordeaux, Paris, Milan, Stockholm, Cagliari, Santiago, São Paulo, Antwerp and Belgrade. One year later he was responsible for Origins, the opening ceremony of the 1st European Games in Baku. In the same year, the Italian magazine Danza&Danza named him Choreographer of the Year. This film, together with a new performance mark Papaioannou's debut at the Holland Festival this year. 



visual concept, direction, costume, light
Dimitris Papaioannou
set design, video installation
Dimitris Theodoropoulos, Sofia Dona
Kostas Michopoulos
Alekos Yiannaros
Thanos Papastergiouproductie
Thanassis Akokkalidis, Pavlina Andriopoulou, Natassa Aretha, Panos Athanasopoulos, Savvas Baltzis, Ilia De Tchaves-Poga, Nikos Dragonas, Altin Huta, Yorgos Kafetzopoulos, Konstantinos Karvouniaris, Amalia Kosma, Eleftheria Lagoudaki, Euripides Laskaridis, Tadeu Liesenfeld, Konstantinos Maravelias, Yorghos Matskaris, Yiannis Nikolaidis, Christos Papadopoulos, Yiannis Papakammenos, Simos Patieridis, Ilias Rafailidis, Kalliopi Simou, Diogenis Skaltsas, Drossos Skotis, Manolis Theodorakis, Michalis Theophanous, Simon Tsakiris, Sophia Tsiaousi, Vangelis Zarkadas
on-stage video projections shot by
the Inside team
assistant director, creative producer
Tina Papanikolaou
technical director, production manager
Kostas Kefalas
camera operators
telios Kammitsis, Thodoris Michopoulos
colour correction & projection technical advisor
Matt Johnson (Haos Film)
stage installation presented at
Pallas Theatre in Athene, april en mei 2011
stage installation produced by
Elliniki Theamaton
video installation produced by
air carrier sponsor
Aegean Airlines