“STILL LIFE” visual performance, conceived and directed by Greek artist Dimitris Papaioannou, and produced by 2WORKS with the support of the Onassis Cultural Centre in Athens, will travel across the world, sponsored by Aegean Airlines, from October 7, 2015 through March 31, 2016.
Papaioannou’s latest project draws inspiration from the Greek mythological figure of Sisyphus, who was condemned by the gods for his deceitfulness and self-aggrandizing craftiness to the endless and futile task of rolling a rock up a hill, only to watch it roll back down, repeating the action for eternity.
Dimitris Papaioannou’s piece offers “a condensed idea of Greece, in between the modern world and its past, its political reversals and its primordial myths,” said of the recent reviewers of the performance.
The elusive iconoclast that was reintroduced to people worldwide during the 2004 Athens Olympic Games, represents the contemporary dance theater of bold aesthetics, through his effortless talent to surprise audiences with his moving symbolic images and his provocative reports.
“STILL LIFE” is the result of the artist’s personal research, focusing on “the greatest possible simplicity and the reformulation of elemental stage materials.” Some of the findings of this scrupulous study have already been presented in plays, such as “NOWHERE” (2009), “INSIDE” (2011) and “PRIMAL MATTER” (2012).
Born in Athens, Greece, in 1964 and having trained with legendary Greek painter Yannis Tsarouchis, Papaioannou was the founding member of the ground-breaking “Edafos Dance Theatre” (1986-2002). He is now an acclaimed artist whose gaze into, either mythical forms, such as Medea, or into urban everyday life, reveals that we do not actually need much to feel the magic of art.
2015-2016 “Still Life” Tour
– France: Bordeaux, Festival Novart, October 7 & 8, 2015,
Paris, Théâtre de la Ville, October 13-16, 2015
– Italy: Milano, CRT Milano, October 28 & 29, 2015,
Cagliari, Sardegna Teatro, December 3 & 4, 2015
– Sweden: Stockholm, Dansens Hus, November 5 & 6, 2015
– Chile: Santiago, Santiago a Mil International Theatre Festival, January 15-19, 2016
– Brazil: São Paulo São Paulo International Theatre Festival (MITsp), March 2016
– Belgium: Antwerp deSingel International Arts Campus, March 18-20, 2016
– Serbia: Belgrade (13th Belgrade Dance Festival) March 31, 2016
Performers: Prokopis Agathokleous, Drossos Skotis, Michalis Theophanous, Costas Chrysafidis, Christos Strinopoulos, Kalliopi Simou, Pavlina Andriopoulou and Dimitris Papaioannou
Visual Concept, Direction, Costume & Lighting Design: Dimitris Papaioannou
Sound Composition: Giwrgos Poulios
Sets Designed in collaboration with: Dimitris Theodoropoulos, Sofia Dona
Sets adapted for the tour: Thanassis Demiris
Sculpture Design, Set Painting: Nectarios Dionysatos
Costumes Designed in collaboration with: Vassilia Rozana
Creative Producer & Assistant Director: Tina Papanikolaou