Press Release 05/12/2018

 

The Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch is striking new ground

 

Now in its forty-fourth season, the first season with Adolphe Binder as intendant and artistic director, for the first time in its history, the Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch will present two full-length premieres by international trans-disciplinary guest choreographers.

Dimitris Papaioannou from Greece and Alan Lucien Øyen from Norway have each been working with the ensemble’s dancers on a new work, each following their personal artistic ap-proach. After the initial performances in Wuppertal the pieces will tour internationally.

 

 

New Piece I

Since she – A piece by Dimitris Papaioannou

A coproduction with:
Théâtre de la Ville / La Villette, Paris
Sadler’s Wells, London
Holland Festival, Amsterdam
Onassis Cultural Centre-Athens, Athens
Supported by Kunststiftung NRW
Premiere
12, 13, 15, 16, 18, 19 and 20 May 2018 Wuppertal Opera House
International Performances Season 2017-2018
20, 21 and 22 June 2018 as part of the Holland Festival, Amsterdam, Stadsschouwburg

 

 

New Piece II

Creation by Alan Lucien Øyen

A coproduction with:
Théâtre de la Ville / Chaillot- Théâtre national de la Danse, Paris
Sadler’s Wells, London
Norwegian National Ballet, Oslo
Supported by Kunststiftung NRW
Premiere
2, 3, 5, 6, 8, 9 and 10 June 2018, Wuppertal Opera House
International Performances Season 2017-2018
24, 25, 26, 27, June 2018, Oslo, Den Norske Opera & Ballett

Informations and tickets
www.pina-bausch.de

 

 

New piece I

Since she – A piece by Dimitris Papaioannou

Conceived, visualized and directed by Dimitris Papaioannou

Set Design Tina Tzoka

Costumes Thanos Papastergiou

Light Design Fernando Jacon, Stephanos Droussiotis

Sound Design Thanasis Deligiannis

Music Arrangement Thanasis Deligiannis, Stephanos Droussiotis

Artistic Consultants Tina Papanikolaou, Stephanos Droussiotis

Rehearsal Director Barbara Kaufmann

Sculpturer Nectarios Dionysatos

Collaboration Costumes Rike Zöllner

Artistic Photography Julian Mommert


With Ruth Amarante, Michael Carter, Silvia Farias Heredia, Ditta Miranda Jasjfi, Scott Jennings,
Milan Kampfer, Blanca Noguerol Ramírez, Breanna O’Mara, Franko Schmidt, Azusa Seyama,
Ekaterina Shushakova, Julie Anne Stanzak, Oleg Stepanov, Julian Stierle, Michael Strecker,
Tsai-Wei Tien, Ophelia Young

Music Christos Constantinou, Richard Wagner, Charles Ives, Johann Sebastian Bach, Aram Khachaturian, Gustav Mahler, Gija Kantscheli, Marika Papagkika, Wayne King, Leo Rapitis, Manos Achalinotopoulos, Sergei Prokofiev, Giuseppe Verdi, Tom Waits

World Premiere 12 May 2018
Duration 80´, no intermission

Partners
In Coproduction with
Théâtre de la Ville- Paris / La Villette, Paris; Sadler’s Wells, London; Holland Festival, Amsterdam; Onassis Cultural Centre-Athens, Athens
Supported by Kunststiftung NRW

                                                                                  
Intendant and Artistic Director Adolphe Binder
Production Team
Production-Manageme
nt Robert Sturm
Technical Direction Jörg Ramershoven
Lighting Direction Fernando Jacon
Collaboration Set Design Gerburg Stoffel   
Sound Andreas Eisenschneider
Stage Management Andreas Deutz
Props Arnulf Eichholz
Lighting Peter Bellinghausen, Kerstin Hardt, Lars Priesack
Stage Martin Winterscheidt, René Hinrichs, Michel Wenzel
Wardrobe Harald Boll, Anna Heinz, Renatus Matuschowitz, Ulrike Schneider



Dimitris Papaioannou - Director

Born in Athens in 1964, Dimitris Papaioannou gained early recognition as a painter and comics artist, before his focus shifted to the performing arts, as director, choreographer, performer, and designer of sets, costumes, make up, and lighting.

He was a student of the iconic Greek painter Yannis Tsarouchis before studying at the Athens School of Fine Arts.

He formed Edafos Dance Theatre, in 1986 as an initial vehicle for his original stage produc-tions, hybrids of physical theatre, experimental dance, and performance art.

Originating in the underground scene, the company challenged perceptions and gained an ex-panding number of dedicated followers. MEDEA (1993) marked the company’s transition to big theatres and is considered its iconic work. The Edafos company spanned 17 years, to 2002, and set its indelible stamp on the arts scene in Greece.

Papaioannou became widely known in 2004, as the creator of the Opening and Closing Cere-monies of the ATHENS 2004 Olympic Games.

Restarting in 2006, with his production ‘2’, he found himself in the odd position of creating avant-garde works in major theatres in Athens that enjoyed record-breaking long runs.

In 2009, he began using this platform to create theatrical experiments on a large scale: NOWHERE (2009) for the inauguration of the renovated Greek National Theatre and INSIDE (2011) for the Pallas Theater.

In 2012, stripping down his work to bare essentials, he created PRIMAL MATTER for the Ath-ens Festival, with him back on stage after a ten-year absence.

On the same quest for simplicity, he created STILL LIFE (2014), the first work that toured ex-tensively in Europe, South America, Asia, and Australia.

In 2015, he created the Opening Ceremony for the Baku 2015 First European Games.

Papaioannou’s 25 productions range from mass spectacles with thousands of performers, to intimate pieces, and have appeared in a wide variety of venues, from his famous underground squat theater in Athens, to the ancient theatre in Epidaurus, and from Olympic stadiums to Théâtre de la Ville – Paris, and Teatro Olimpico in Vicenza.

In 2017, he created  THE GREAT TAMER, his first international co-commissioned work with ten co-producers, including the Festival d’Avignon. THE GREAT TAMER is on an international tour, scheduled until 2019.

In 2018, Dimitris will become the first artist to create a new, full-length work for Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch.


WORKS
by Dimitris Papaioannou


2017   THE GREAT TAMER
2015   ORIGINS 2015 | OPENING CEREMONY — FIRST EUROPEAN GAMES
2014   STILL LIFE
2012   PRIMAL MATTER
2011   INSIDE
2010   K.K.
2010   HOMER'S ILIAD - BOOK FOUR 2010 THE COLOUR OF THE SUN 2009 NOWHERE
2009   HEAVEN LIVE - AB2 2008 MEDEA(2)
2006   2
2005   BLACK BOX
2005   BEFORE
2004   CLOSING CEREMONY - ATHENS 2004 OLYMPIC GAMES  
             OPENING CEREMONY - ATHENS 2004 OLYMPIC GAMES
2001   FOR EVER
2000   A TALE
2000   LA SONNAMBULA
1999   HUMAN THIRST
1999   THE RETURN OF HELEN
1998   TREE
1998   VOLCANO
1997   THE STORM
1997   MONUMENT
1997   DRACULA
1996   THE BROTHERS GRIMM FAIRY TALES
1995   NEFELI
1995   A MOMENT'S SILENCE
1995   XENAKIS' ORESTEIA - THE AESCHYLUS SUITE
1995   IPHIGENIA AT THE BRIDGE OF ARTA
1993   MEDEA
1992   MOONS
1991   THE SONGS
1990   THE LAST SONG OF RICHARD STRAUSS
1988   ROOM II
1988   ROOM Ι
1987   THE RAINCOAT
1987   THE MOUNTAIN

 



Tina Tzoka – Set Design

Born in Athens. Graduate School of Architecture (NTUA, 2008) and Interdisciplinary Postgradu-ate
Programme Architecture-Spatial Design. Since 2007 has been co-founder and active member of City  Index Lab working on the fields of architecture and new technologies. City Index Lab’s work has been presented at the Benaki Museum, the National Museum of Contemporary Art, the Kunsthalle Rotterdam and the Onassis Cultural Centre. As a set & costume designer she has collaborated with the directors Zoe Xanthopoulou, Hristos Theodoridis, Yannis Moshos, Eleana Tsichli, Irene Fanarioti, Demetra Barla, Aris Laskos-Kitty Paitatzoglou-Eleana Stra-vodimou and Gerasimos Michelis-Giorgos Christodoulou in numerous stages. She has col-laborated in short movies and promotional clips with the directors Paris Patsouridis, Charis Krekoukiotis, Oliwia Weronika Twardowska, Claire Fafouti, Vagelis Zouglos and Charis Pan-telidakis. Associate costume designer in Angelos Mentis team for the Garden of Miniatures segment of the Opening ceremony - Baku 2015 First European Games, under the artistic di-rection of Dimitris Papaioannou. Set design editor and scenographer for the international tour of the performances Homer’s Iliad by Stathis Livathinos (2013-2016), Still Life and Primal Mat-ter by Dimitris Papaioannou (2016-2017), as well as set design and art direction in collabora-tion with Papaioannou in his work “The Great Tamer”, premiered at the Onassis Cultural Cen-tre–Athens May 2017.



Thanos Papastergiou - Costumes

Film director Thanos Papastergiou was born in Larisa, Greece in 1985. In 2003, he won a scholarship to study medicine at the National Kapodistrian University of Athens, graduating in 2009. He has worked as a sculptor, journalist, as well as photographer for To Vima, Marie Claire and Elle. In 2008, he worked as an art-director and costume designer for stage director Dimitris Papaioannou's Medea; they continued their collaboration for the performances No-where (2009), K.K. (2010) and Inside (2011). He also worked as a costume designer on the films Attenberg (2010) by Athina Rachel Tsangari, and Alps (2011) by Yorgos Lanthimos. In 2011, he began an MFA in Film Production and Directing at the UCLASchool of Theater, Film and Television, winning the Carl David Memorial Award (2012), the James Bridges Award in Film Directing for his thesis production (2014), the Nancy Richardson Fund Award (2016) and The Gerald Hughes Comedy Directing Fellowship (2016). His Advanced film Dead Man Dating has been part of the Directorʼs Spotlight 2015 and received
“Best Narrative Film Award”, “Best Screen--play Film Award”, “ Most Original Film Award” and “Best Editing Film Award”. His Thesis film Sandy Beach has been part of the Directorʼs Spotlight 2016 and received “Best Visual Design Award” and “Best Sound Design Award”. He is currently the editor for the Distant Vision documentary, which is about Francis Ford Coppo-laʼs live cinema workshop at UCLA.



Stephanos Droussiotis -  Light Design, Music Arangement and Artistic Consultant

Born in Cyprus in 1984, Stephanos Droussiotis studied piano performance at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Frankfurt am Main and Theatre Studies at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. As a theatre director his personal work includes pieces for the stage as well as various musical projects performances. In 2017 he was commissioned by the Cyprus National Theatre to conceive and curate a three-month theatre festival about the post-dramatic theatre. His collaboration with Dimitris Papaioannou started in 2009 and since then he has worked closely next to the Greek director, collaborating on the music, lighting and dramaturgical structure of his most recent works; he has created the music script for the Baku 2015 European Games Opening Ceremony as well as the music for Dimitris Papaioan-nou’s The Great Tamer in 2017.

 



Dimitris Papaioannou’s Website & Social Media:

Official website:

dimitrispapaioannou.com

Website page:
dimitrispapaioannou.com/en/current/the-great-tamer

Tour dates:
dimitrispapaioannou.com/en/calendar
 
Facebook:
fb.com/papaioannou.page
@papaioannou.page
 
Twitter:
twitter.com/Papaioannou_D
@Papaioannou_D

Instagram:
instagram.com/papaioannou_d/
@papaioannou_d

Vimeo:
vimeo.com/papaioannou/thegreattamer
vimeo.com/papaioannou
vimeo.com/album/4433531 (collection of videos of recent works)
 
YouTube:
youtube.com/user/2BlackBox

 



Intendant and Artistic Director Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch
Adolphe Binder


Adolphe Binder has been intendant and artistic director of Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch since May 2017. From 2011 to 2016 she was artistic director of the Gothenburg Danskompani, in Sweden, developing
a new image for the company and curating a range of productions.

Her work focusses on the creative conception and development of multi- and transdiscipli-nary works and programmes. She has worked as curator, dramaturg and creative producer. As former artistic director of the dance theatre at Berlin’s Komische Oper and dramaturg at the Deutsche Oper she has extensive experience in theatre. She has been active across a range of stages, at festivals, arts magazines and colleges. Her artistic and journalistic involvement with organisations ranging from Schauspiel Hannover, FriedrichVerlag publishers, the cultural programme of EXPO2000 and the Gotenburg Opera to the creative agencies artattack and BPB, which she founded, demonstrate the range of her interests.

Over the last twenty years she has collaborated with a range of international artists from ever genre. She has published various texts and a book on gender theory and theatre. Adolphe Binder is and has been a member of a range of German and international committees, juries and networks for artists and producers, joint managing director of Dance Germany’s lobbying network 'Ständige Konferenz Tanz', and a Goethe-Institut artistic research fellow.

She was born in Transylvania, Romania in 1969 and emigrated to West Germany in 1978. She studied Literature, Political Science, Philosophy and History

 

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