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The Great Tamer

Nov 16, 2017 - Nov 19, 2017
Venue:National Theater (No.21-1, Zhongshan S. Rd.)

Greek renowned director of the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2004 Athens Olympic Games and the opening ceremony of the 2015 European Games,
Dimitris Papaioannou visits Taiwan for the first time!

Like drawing a dynamic painting, Dimitris Papaioannou revives Homer's epic on the stage!

Dimitris Papaioannou, director of the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens as well as the opening ceremony of the Baku 2015 European Games, will visit Taiwan for the first time and bring with him the internationally-acknowledged brand-new production, The Great Tamer, which made the world premiere in May 2017. Inspired by Homer's epic, Papaioannou is to tell a story about time. He sees human life as a journey of discovery, an exploration for hidden treasures, and an inner archaeological excavation for meaning. Everything will eventually come to an end and time ultimately tames life. Based on his experiences of artistic creation for 30 years, Papaioannou creates fascinating theatrical aesthetics with his in-depth cultural accomplishment. With his ingenuity, the bodies, settings, and objects on the stage are transformed from two-dimensional static presentations to three-dimensional dynamic visions. Dimitris Papaioannou's work is indeed a scroll of dynamic arts. At the moment of the scroll being spread out, the 3-D images of Greek cultures reveal themselves and showcase a dreamlike arena.

Creator/Director Dimitris Papaioannou
Born in Greece in 1964, Dimitris Papaioannou is rooted deeply in the fine arts. He gained early recognition as painter and comics artist before his focus shifted to the performing arts and demonstrated versatile talents as director, choreographer, performer, and designer of stages, costumes, and lighting. He formed Edafos Dance Theatre in 1986 and then became widely known as the creator of the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens.

Conceived – Visualized + Directed by Dimitris Papaioannou
With Pavlina Andriopoulou, Costas Chrysafidis, Ektor Liatsos, Ioannis Michos, Evangelia Randou, Kalliopi Simou, Drossos Skotis, Christos Strinopoulos, Yorgos Tsiantoulas, Alex Vangelis
Produced by Onassis Cultural Centre - Athens (Greece)
Co-produced by CULTURESCAPES Greece 2017 (Switzerland), Dansens Hus Sweden (Sweden), EdM Productions, Festival d'Avignon (France), Fondazione Campania dei Festival – Napoli Teatro Festival Italia (Italy), Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg (Luxembourg), National Performing Arts Center - National Theater & Concert Hall | NPAC - NTCH (Taiwan), Seoul Performing Arts Festival | SPAF (Korea), Théâtre de la Ville – Paris / La Villette – Paris (France)
Executive Producer 2WORKS
With the support of ALPHA BANK

◎Duration: approx. 100 minutes with(out) intermission.
◎Pre-talk: 30 minutes before every performance at the Lobby of National Theater.
◎Post-talk: 11/18(Sat.) at the Lobby of National Theater.
◎This production contains partial nudity. Audience discretion is advised.