Andonis Foniadakis — last seen at The Joyce Theater as choreographer of Ballet du Grand Théâtre de Genève (2007) and Benjamin Millepied & Company (2006) — now premieres The Rite of Spring at Joyce SoHo, November 20-23. For his Joyce SoHo debut, the Greek-born choreographer will present a solo version of the evening-length work which he created last year for the Ballet du Grand Théâtre de Genève. This provocative piece, set to Stravinsky’s masterpiece, celebrates the female body as the ultimate instrument and carrier of sexual and unseen internal forces as it recalls her lost primitiveness. Superbly danced by Ioanna Toumpakari, The Rite of Spring charts the passage from ordinary to ecstatic while conveying the violence and eroticism sparked by the battle between the soloist and Stravinsky’s power-packed score. After Hours @ Joyce SoHo, a post-performance Q&A with the artists, will follow the November 21 performance. For Tickets go to www.joyce.org or via phone at (212) 352-3101.
About the Artist:
A native of Crete, Greece, Antonios (aka Andonis) Foniadakis has performed with Bejart Ballet Lausanne under the direction of Maurice Bejart (1994-96), Lyon Opera Ballet under the direction of Yorgos Loukos (1996-2002), and Saburo Teshigawara/Karas under the direction of Saburo Teshigawara (2004). During these years, he also performed works by choreographers Maguy Marin, Jiri Kilian, William Forsythe, Dominique Boivin, Nacho Duato, Mats Ek, Ohad Naharin, Frederic Flamand, Bill T Jones, Herve Robbe, Tero Saarinen, Lionel Hoche, Joachim Schlomer, John Jasperse, Alessio Silvestrin and Jo Kanamori. In 2003 Foniadakis created his own company, Apotosoma, based in Lyon, France, for which he choreographed Sensitive Screens Skins Intervals (Kalamata International Dance Festival, Greece, 2003) and Use (Biennale de la Danse in Lyon, France, 2004). Most recently he has created works for Ballet du Grand Théâtre de Genève, Greek National Opera, and Lyon Opera Ballet, among others. His credits also include choreography for two operas: Rameau’s Les Boreades (Opera National du Rhin, 2005) and Claudio Ambrosini’s Il Canto de la pelle (Grame Lyon, 2006). Foniadakis has studied at the State School of Dance, Athens and Rudra Bejart in Lausanne.