NOWHERE (Director’s Cut)

Dimitris Papaioannou

Dimitris Papaioannou

About the Artists

“...the magical NOWHERE… Papaioannou weaves a wondrous piece, using every gantry and lighting rig, all the traps and every hidden door to muse on the sadness of life and the potential of human beings. It combines simple movements with huge imagination for maximum effect...”

— The Guardian, UK

Dimitris Papaioannou

Dimitris Papaioannou

About the Artists

26 - 27/11

Theatre, Hong Kong City Hall

26/11 (Fri) 8PM

27/11 (Sat) 8PM


Approx 40 mins long with no dialogue

The film contains nudity and audiences below 16 will not be admitted

Insight talk after each screening

Moderator: Lau Tin-ming

Speakers: 26/11 (FRI) Ata Wong; 27/11 (SAT) Daniel Yeung

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.

© Marilena Stafylidou