A piece for two performersMichalis 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.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 email@example.com
Concept, direction, set, costume and lighting design Dimitris PapaioannouSound design Konstantinos MichopoulosCreative producer Tina PapanikolaouRehearsal director Pavlina AndriopoulouAssistant set designer Dimitris TheodoropoulosLighting 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
Really enjoyed @Papaioannou_D in 'Primal Matter' at @DanceUmbrellaUK fest on Friday. Excellent show. Ευχαριστώ πολύ. https://t.co/IHaTnkLFlJ
Dimitris Papaioannou – Primal Matter - Old Truman Brewery - LondonDance https://t.co/YDy4COhMuf https://t.co/lgMmZdQMOg
Just a amazing experience @DanceUmbrellaUK #primal matter @Papaioannou_D Bravo!!!
Primal Matter @DanceUmbrellaUK left me wanting 2 c more! @Papaioannou_D hope to see you again in London very soon! https://t.co/hB2hCPs8hO
@Papaioannou_D @DanceUmbrellaUK Thoroughly enjoyed PM last night. Visually captivating, visceral, moving with a few unexpected vignettes!
From Dimitris Papaioannou's 'Primal Matter' @ The Old Truman Brewery https://t.co/IxnWs2KOod
Dimitris Papaioannou 'Primal Matter' at The Old Truman Brewery, London. ❤️ https://t.co/xqV7VhQeq6
A profound, inspiring and moving performance, #PrimalMatter by Dimitris Papaioannou. Last London show tonight, part of @DanceUmbrellaUK
Thank you @Papaioannou_D and @DanceUmbrellaUK for an amazing performance this evening. Very inspiring!
Highly crafted imagery with a culturaly mischievous beating heart @Papaioannou_D @DanceUmbrellaUK @trumanbrewery #PrimalMatter #DUFest16
@Papaioannou_D greeting his guests @DanceUmbrellaUK #PrimalMatter A must seen performance https://t.co/KWZipwpkDf
Acute physicality revealed in iconoclastic humour... loved it. @DanceUmbrellaUK @Papaioannou_D @trumanbrewery #PrimalMatter #DUFest16
Another great night courtesy of @DanceUmbrellaUK . Primal Matters gives so much with very little. Funny, provoking… https://t.co/82TJRdAPqZ
Just finished watching a wonderful, crazy, mesmerising performance
Last show tomorrow
Catch if you can at
Great performance from @Papaioannou_D #PrimalMatter @DanceUmbrellaUK
Indelible memory of DimitrisP's Medea @ Riverside. His Primal Matters now @DanceUmbrellaUK: subtly witty intelligent half-nude male 2-hander
✌🏾️✨ This was great @danceumbrellauk #dimitrispapaioannou #performance #ART #inspiration 🤓👌🏾💫 https://t.co/Ohom0IDOWb
For a long time I waited to see @Papaioannou_D #primalmatter the wait is over and is superb @DanceUmbrellaUK thanks https://t.co/ajynvfhyY0
I left @trumanbrewery with so many fantastic images & they're still here now! LOVED #PrimalMatter @Papaioannou_D @DanceUmbrellaUK #DUFest16