Christos Papadopoulos / Leon & the Wolf (GR)
In 2008 maakte Christos Papadopoulos een dansvoorstelling in Kenya. Hij sliep in een klein tentje in de savanne, ‘s nachts omringd door leeuwen. Toen hij besefte hoe compleet weerloos hij was als mens in deze onmetelijke natuur, een nietig radertje, voelde hij een enorme rust, een bevrijding van al het ‘westerse drama’. Die ervaring zie je terug in zijn voorstellingen. Papadopoulos schrijft poëzie in betoverende meditaties over onze plek als mens in het grote geheel.
Hypnotising performance about the essence of life.
Nature is Papadopoulos’ great source of inspiration. His previous work, Elvedon, presented at Julidans 2017, evoked the endless, restless movement of the ocean. For his new work Ion, the Greek choreographer studied the flight movements of birds and swarms of insects. From there, he zoomed in on ions, electrically charged atoms, the smallest level of life. Papadopoulos looks through the microscope at the coexistence of people. The process of attraction and repulsion between individuals, just as in an atomic level, provides movement and therefore life.
Just as the atom is invisible to the eye, but determines everything we see, the changes in the dancers' movements on stage are minimal, but together they create a hypnotic flow of movements and interactions.
A French reviewer called Papadopoulos ‘an essential new face in the dance world.’ He is seen throughout Europe as a rising star. After studying dance and political science in Amsterdam and Athens, his work was immediately picked up by international co-producers and festivals. Performances such as Elvedon, OPUS and Counter Reset were shown on the international stages. Papadopoulos also works as an actor and theatre director and was part of the team that created the choreography for the opening ceremonies of the Olympic Games in Athens (2004) and the European Games in Baku (2015).
‘The music is addictive and Ion makes full use of its enchantment. Time goes by without you noticing.’ - Sceneweb
‘With its concentrated simplicity and minimalism, Ion invites a different point of view. The succession of hypnotic, trance-invoking micro movements, like a physical mantra, often have a magical effect.’ - The Arts Review