Dimitris Papaioannou’s Sisyphus in New York
The internationally celebrated artist Dimitris Papaioannou will present in New York a segment from his last work, Still Life, which was presented for the first time in Onasis Ciltural Center in Athens. the opening segment from STILL LIFE SISYPHUS will be presented in the US for the first time by Robert Wilson at this year’s Watermill Center Summer Benefit Gala in New York, on 26 July.
In this work, he goes back to where everything starts, the body. He reminds us that art can conjure magic out of the most minimal of means.
Dimitris will also be staying on at Watermill to workshop new material with the Summer Program participants.
Dimitris has worked as a painter, performer, comics artist, choreographer and director. A founding member of Edafos Dance Theatre (1986-2002), he conceived, directed and choreographed all of the company’s productions. Conceived and directed the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the ATHENS 2004 Olympic Games. In 2006, he created the work «2», and in 2008 presented «MEDEA2″. In 2009, he co-curated the «HEAVEN LIVE» exhibition at the 2nd Athens Biennial with Zafos Xagoraris, and inaugurated the renovated Main Stage of the Greek National Theatre with the work «NOWHERE». He spent Spring 2010 in New York on a Fulbright Artist’s Scholarship. Returning to Athens, he staged «K.K.», a concert with video projections for 13 poems by Constantine Cavafy set to music by Lena Platonos. In 2011, he created the six-hour theatrical installation «INSIDE». At the Athens Festival 2012, he presented his latest work «PRIMAL MATTER», appearing as a performer for the first time in ten years. The work has since been performed in Thessaloniki, New York, Edinburgh and Moscow, and was presented again at the Athens Festival in 2013 for a run of 26 performances.