An internationally accomplished choreographer and dancer
Andonis Foniadakis is a famous choreographer and dancer and has appeared with the best dance companies all over the world. He is the Ballet director of Greek National Opera.
He grew up in Ierapetra of Crete, where he discovered his love for dancing at an early age. He started taking dance lessons in a small dance school and in 1990, he enrolled in the State Dance School of Athens, where he studied for two years. He later received the Maria Callas scholarship to continue his studies abroad in Rudra Bejart, Lausanne.
He has collaborated with Bejart Ballet of Lausanne from 1994 to 1996 under the direction of Maurice Bejart. From 1996 to 2002, he worked for Lyon Opera Ballet under the direction of Yorgos Loukos and in 2004 he started dancing with Saburo Teshigawara/Karas Co.
In 2003, he started his own dance company Apotosoma, based at Lyon in France.
As a freelance choreographer, he has performed choreographic works for the world’s largest dance companies and ballets, like Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, Geneva Ballet, Lyon Opera Ballet, Bern Ballet Ballet du Rhin, Maggio Danza, National Dance Company of Wales, Dansgroep Amsterdam, Cia Sociedade Masculina-Brazil, Bale da Cidade of Sao Paulo Brazil, Helsinki Dance Company Finland, National Ballet of Greece, National Theater of Northern Greece, Benjamin Millepied Dance Company USA, WashingtonBallet, Dansgroep Amsterdam, Bejart Ballet Lausanne, Ballet Junior Geneva, Hellenic Dance Company and CNSMD Lyon Copenhagen International Dance Festival.
In 2002, Foniadakis received the Danza and Danza Award for Best Choreographer 2012 in Italy for Les Noces.
He has been commissioned to choreograph for two operas, Les boreades by Rameau at the Opera National du Rhin and Il canto de la pelle by Claudio Ambrosini at GRAME Lyon.
Moreover, Andonis Foniadakis has been teaching seminars in the State Dance School in Athens and several dance schools all over the world, like DOCK11 in Berlin and Dansgroep in Amsterdam.
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