In Primal Matter Greek artist Dimitris Papaioannou employs the simplest of means – the human body – in a personal response to the new political, social and ethical realities of today’s Europe.
Throughout the work the two performers struggle between matter and mind, creator and creation. Moving through a series of identities and attitudes they manipulate their bodies into intriguing, unsettling and witty images.
Papaioannou first established an international reputation when he created the epic opening ceremony for the 2004 Athens Olympics. A director, choreographer, performer and visual artist, he has reached far beyond traditional art forms, taking storytelling to a new level.
“A bona-fide work of contemporary art in its purest form… The performance resonated in the hearts of audiences… Clearly the ability to create spectacles that lift people up and bring them together still runs in the veins of the Greeks.”
Maya Dinova, TeatrAll
“A work of extreme succinctness and maximum expressiveness… Despite the fact that the performance seems to spring out of absolutely nothing, ideas of genius hang in the air.”
Sergei Lebedev, St. Petersburg Theatre Magazine
“The sense that you are watching something of mythically colossal proportions does not just wash over you, it electrifies the very air. …You wish time would stand still and let you watch these bodies, materials and ideas shifting in the dark, you wish this creation of matter would go on for a long time yet.”
Fedor Vyazemsky, LiveJournal
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