A picture from the production "ION"
© Elina Giounanli

Orangerie Herrenhausen


Christos Papadopoulos (GR)


“The choreographer has developed his own movement language with his ensemble. The movement comes primarily from the feet. They are constantly gliding, while the dancers’ hips and legs remain almost motionless. Papadopoulos does not simply imitate natural phenomena, [...] he translates and condenses it all into a kind of movement poem. Here, a few verses mean the world. [...] At just over an hour, the show is one long magic moment.”

Hannoversche Allgemeine Zeitung, 13 September 2022

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Athens-based choreographer Christos Papadopoulos has been causing a stir on the international dance scene for several years now with his intense, minimalist movement artworks. In “ION” he explores the mechanisms of swarm intelligence, cleverly applied to human relationships, and opened to metaphorical interpretation on various levels. This showpiece of purist kinetics is a meditative experiment for ten dancers, whom Papadopoulos has choreographed as an organic structure, a living system. Like ions in a particle decelerator, the dancers seem to float above the stage floor, going through almost imperceptible transitions and sharpening the viewers’ perceptions. The slightest changes in the movements, music, or lighting have a sensational impact in this subtle and hypnotic work of art, which generates poetry and inspires individual associations.

Watch a video on Youtube: youtube.com/watch?v=191GEFXZc9w

(approx. 60 mins)

cast & credits

Concept & Choreography: Christos Papadopoulos

Dramaturgy: Tassos Koukoutas

Dance: Pagona Boulbasakou, Maria Bregianni,, Giorgos Kotsifakis, Sotiria Koutsopetrou, Katerina Liontou, Efthymis Moschopoulos, Tasos Nikas,
Ioanna Paraskevopoulou, Alexis Tsiamoglou, Sevasti Zafeira

Music: Coti K

Lighting: Tasos Palaioroutas

Relighting: Evina Vassilakopoulou

Costumes: Angelos Mentis

Set Design: Evangelia Therianou

1st Assistant Choreographer: Katerina Spyropoulou

2nd Assistant Choreographer: Ioanna Antonarou

Set Technician: Stefania-Elettra Pantavos

Production Organisation: Theodora Kapralou

Manager on Tour: Konstantina Papadopoulou

International Distribution: Key Performance

Produced by: Onassis Stegi, Athens

Co-production: Théâtre de la Ville, Paris/ Le Lieu Unique-Scène nationale de Nantes
With the support of the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès (Paris) within the framework of the New Settings programme

Partnership: Dublin Dance Festival

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