Dimitris Papaioannou at NEON’s Portals

Dimitris Papaioannou at NEON’s Portals

What: NEON presents a series of performances Sisyphus / Trans / Form (2019) by internationally acclaimed Greek choreographer, director and performer who blends experimental dance, physical theatre and performance art in surreal, dreamlike and immersive performances.  Sisyphus / Trans / Form (2019), a piece for six performers, is based on the myth of Sisyphus, condemned by the gods to roll a rock up to the top of a mountain which then rolls back down again so that he endlessly has to repeat the exercise. In Papaioannou’s interpretation mountain and rock become a single, vast rectangular stone slab: a burden for Sisyphus but also a frame for the performance and a portal through which the protagonist disappears and re-emerges.

At its heart, Sisyphus / Trans / Form is a meditation on the absurd. During the enactments of Sisyphus’s struggle there are moments of pure slapstick. At one point Sisyphus is castrated and his rock flattens him like a cartoon character. Once the emasculated Sisyphus has managed to stagger to his feet, he is trans/formed to a woman.

Performers: Dimitris Papaioannou, Christos Strinopoulos, Drosos Skotis, Michalis Theophanous, Kalliopi Simou, Pavlina Andriopoulou.

Work created with the support of Megaron – The Athens Concert Halland realized in collaboration with Collezione Maramotti + Max Mara

Produced by 2WORKS in collaboration with EdM Productions / Elisabetta Di Mambro and Simona Fremder

Commissioned by the Collezione Maramotti and I Teatri di Reggio Emilia.

When: On 27, 28, 29, 30 December 2021 at 15:30 daily.

Reservations open on 6 December via neon.artsvp.co.

Admission Free with a ticket booked in advance.

Where: The Tobacco Factory basement, Lenorman Avenue

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