Nowhere but everywhere
Papaioannou created NOWHERE in 2009. It was a commission by the Greek National Theatre for the inauguration of its renovated Main Stage.
NOWHERE was conceived as a site-specific project. The scenic space itself was choreographed by programming the new stage mechanisms. A group of humans confronted the spatial challenges created, measuring space with their bodies. NOWHERE was performed twice daily in overlapping shows, bringing the audiences face-to-face.
According to Papaioannou, NOWHERE is a series of visualised thoughts about the very nature of theatre, as a machine that mirrors human life.
Papaioannou filmed NOWHERE himself with his handheld JVC camera, one of the first HD cameras launched in mass production. The filmed version of the central scene (dedicated to the memory of Pina Bausch who had just passed away) was published seven years ago in June 2014, and went viral with over 2.5 million views, and has been copied extensively.
Edited by Papaioannou, the full performance of NOWHERE will be released for the first time this year. A co-commission by the NVAF, Dance Umbrella Festival and Ruhrfestspiele Recklinghausen.
Papaioannou’s latest work Transverse Orientation will be staged at the NVAF next year.