“Dismembered limbs crawling across stage, arrows riding high and astronauts padding over a lunar landscape — surrealist nightmares are rarely this much fun.”
Evening Standard 4*

“Nude, skewed and turbo-charged: the dancers weaving a mesmerising magic”.
The Guardian 4*

“Papaioannou serves up such a banquet of indelible and often surreal body-focused stage imagery”
The Times 4*

“Avant-garde choreographer Dimitris Papaioannou digs deep into Greek Myth for this visionary piece fragmenting the human experience”
The Observer 4*

Dimitris Papaioannou returns to Dance Umbrella with his enigmatic exploration of life in The Great Tamer, an elemental yet epic production that seduces the imagination with scenes of birth, death, destruction and reconstruction.

In a dreamlike universe between illusion and reality human bodies distort and unite, raw materials take flight, hidden objects emerge from the ground, uncovered in feats of simple invention. Paying homage to the Old Masters Papaioannou draws on his roots in the fine arts, his Greek heritage and the history of humankind to create a witty and surreal feast of visual delights.

An artist whose work spans theatre, dance and film Papaioannou first attracted recognition for directing the ceremonies of the 2004 Olympics. This internationally acclaimed work marks his debut at Sadler’s Wells.


Contains nudity

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Conceived, visualised and directed by Dimitris Papaioannou
Performers Pavlina Andriopoulou, Costas Chrysafidis, Ioannis Michos, Evangelia Randou, Kalliopi Simou, Drossos Skotis, Christos Strinopoulos, Yorgos Tsiantoulas, Alex Vangelis
Set design and art direction in collaboration with Tina Tzoka
Artistic collaborator for costumes Aggelos Mendis
Lighting designed in collaboration with Evina Vassilakopoulou
Artistic collaborator for sound Giwrgos Poulios
Sound design and operation Kostas Michopoulos

Music Johann Strauss II, An der schönen blauen Donau, Op. 314

Music adaptation Stephanos Droussiotis
Sculpture design Nectarios Dionysatos
Creative Executive Producer & Assistant Director Tina Papanikolaou
Assistant Director Stephanos Droussiotis
Rehearsal Director Pavlina Andriopoulou

Presented by Dance Umbrella in partnership with Sadler’s Wells

Produced by Onassis Cultural Centre – Athens (Greece)

Co-produced by CULTURESCAPES Greece 2017 (Switzerland), Dansens Hus Sweden (Sweden), EdM Productions, Festival d’Avignon (France), Fondazione Campania dei Festival – Napoli Teatro Festival Italia (Italy), Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg (Luxembourg), National Performing Arts Center – National Theater & Concert Hall | NPAC-NTCH (Taiwan), Seoul Performing Arts Festival | SPAF (Korea), Théâtre de la Ville – Paris / La Villette – Paris (France)

Executive producer 2WORKS

With the support of ALPHA BANK

Generously supported by The Hellenic Foundation