Working with Dimitris Papaioannou / Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch

Quite honoured and rather excited of being involved with Dimitris Papaioannou‘s new creation at Tanztheater Wuppertal, Pina Bausch‘s legendary company. The piece was premiered in May 2018 and will have a world tour throughout 2018 and 2019.

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photo by Julian Mommert

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. Next to being part of the creating team, my interest was to observe how Papaioannou works; how he collaborates with his team; how he organises his rehearsal time; how he evolves material and ideas; how he designs and develops working methods; what is his approach towards space and time – or timing.


Dimitris Papaioannou, photo by Thanasis Deligiannis

Papaioannou’s work is actually 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.

TTW photo by Julian Mommert

Julie-Anne Stanzak, photo by Julian Mommert

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photo by Thanasis Deligiannis


photo by Julian Mommert


photo by Thanasis Deligiannis

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Breanna O’Mara, photo by Julian Mommert


photo by Julian Mommert

The making process consisted of three 12-day workshops and a final rehearsal period of 1,5 months, all in Wuppertal. I did the sound design for Since She, and was involved in the music research and the music arrangements of the piece. Working with this team of people was such an intense, wonderful experience.

Click here to have a look at a related article on the greek edition of Huffington Post.


About Thanasis Deligiannis

Composer | Performer | Stage director