Quite honoured and rather excited, I am following as an intern the trip of Dimitris Papaioannou‘s new creation at Tanztheater Wuppertal, Pina Bausch‘s legendary company. The piece will be premiered in May 2018 and will have a world tour throughout the year.
During the first workshop in August 2017 I had the chance to meat the entire company; all its dancers, and the team running Tanztheater Wuppertal. My main focus is to observe how Papaioannou works; how he organises his working time; how he evolves material and ideas; how he designs and develops working methods; what is his approach towards space and time – or timing. I got as well the chance to meet his company’s team and became part of it; assisting in the documentation of the rehearsals and getting involved with the workshop’s sound and music needs.
Papaioannou’s work is basically composing with elements such as bodies in space, light and sound, very close in its core to the work of a composer. His latest piece The Grate Tamer is a composition of scenic material, ideas in space and time, put together in a way that is both abstract (thus leaving space for the audience to actively interpret the performance), but as well clear in intensions, communicative and triggering a substantial counterpoint of emotions.
More workshops and material to follow throughout the season of 2017/18. Let’s have this trip begin!