a Primal Matter Photo: Nikos Nikolopoulos

A piece for two performers
Michalis Theophanous & Dimitris Papaioannou

In Primal Matter Greek artist Dimitris Papaioannou employs the simplest of means - the human body – in a personal response to the new political, social and ethical realities of today’s Europe. 

Throughout the work the two performers struggle between matter and mind, creator and creation. Moving through a series of identities and attitudes they manipulate their bodies into intriguing, unsettling and witty images.     

Papaioannou first established an international reputation when he created the epic opening ceremony for the 2004 Athens Olympics.  A director, choreographer, performer and visual artist, he has reached far beyond traditional art forms, taking storytelling to a new level.  

“A bona-fide work of contemporary art in its purest form… The performance resonated in the hearts of audiences… Clearly the ability to create spectacles that lift people up and bring them together still runs in the veins of the Greeks.”
Maya Dinova, TeatrAll

“A work of extreme succinctness and maximum expressiveness… Despite the fact that the performance seems to spring out of absolutely nothing, ideas of genius hang in the air.”
 Sergei Lebedev, St. Petersburg Theatre Magazine

“The sense that you are watching something of mythically colossal proportions does not just wash over you, it electrifies the very air. …You wish time would stand still and let you watch these bodies, materials and ideas shifting in the dark, you wish this creation of matter would go on for a long time yet.”  
Fedor Vyazemsky, LiveJournal


To book access tickets please contact the Dance Umbrella Box Office on 020 7259 9384 or email access@danceumbrella.co.uk.

There is a ramp at the back of U Block The Old Truman Brewery. Wheelchair users will need to access via the car park 142 Brick lane and then access the space from the back.

For any queries on access you can contact The Old Truman Brewery on 0207 770 6000 or email info@trumanbrewery.com

Concept, direction, set, costume and lighting design Dimitris Papaioannou
Sound design Konstantinos Michopoulos
Creative producer Tina Papanikolaou
Rehearsal director Pavlina Andriopoulou
Assistant set designer Dimitris Theodoropoulos
Lighting installation Miltos Athanasiou

Presented by Dance Umbrella

With support from the Edwin Fox Foundation, the Hellenic Foundation and the DP Syndicate (Felix Appelbe, Jules & Cheryl Burns, Tony Elliott, Emma Gladstone, Anu Giri, Toby Murray, Cressida Pollock, Robin Price)

Produced by the Athens Festival (2012) and 2WORKS (2013) with the support of EMPAC (New York)

Tour produced by 2WORKS

Tour travel sponsor AEGEAN Airlines

With thanks to The Old Truman Brewery

Wed 12-Fri 14 Oct

Primal Matter

Dimitris Papaioannou
The Old Truman Brewery
U Block, 148 Brick Lane, E1
12-14 October

£28 (£22 concs)
80 mins / no interval
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