Can we pause for a moment and take this in?…………. Ok…..Papaioannou has been living off my radar and I am excited to connect. I am inspired by this artist because of the range of skills he weaves together. He is in the vein of total dance theater. It would be freeing to have the ability (finances) to set my imagination free. I see this in Papaioannou’s work. All in all, the ability to imagine anything you want and see it come to fruition has to be life giving.
A quick backstory on Papaioannou who was 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.
Papaioannou’s work is visually captivating and in a way full of spectacle < but I sense intention and decision in the work which means it is not just for “art’s sake”. However, I enjoy how multi-talented the work is and at times simple. These worlds and movement aesthetics that Papaioannou is working with are aligned to the big dreams that live in my head. You know… The if you could make anything with unlimited resources and dancers – what does the result look like type dream. All in all, I am excited to see his work continue to unfold and continue to shift in the realms of imagination reality.
Also, I am very excited his New Work 1 will be shown and set on Pina Bausch’s dancers at Tanztheater Wuppertal May 2018.