Dimitris Papaioannou presents the UK premiere of INK at Sadler's Wells Theatre

Dimitris Papaioannou presents the UK premiere of INK at Sadler’s Wells Theatre

Greek director, choreographer, and visual artist Dimitris Papaioannou returns to Sadler’s Wells Theatre with the UK premiere of INK from Wednesday 28 February – Saturday 2 March 2024. Following sold-out and Olivier-nominated productions of The Great Tamer and Transverse Orientation at Sadler’s Wells in 2019 and 2022 respectively, Papaioannou continues his exploration of hyper-visual dance theatre in INK.

A true master of visual spectacle, Papaioannou creates a succession of dream images at breakneck speed. INK takes place in an enigmatic water world in which a duet transforms into a duel under the influence of mythical primal forces. In a battle between old and young, father and son, civilisation and wasteland, stewardship and inheritance, eroticism and torture, Papaioannou is joined on stage by dancer and collaborator Šuka Horn. Probing the limits of reality through the filters of science fiction and horror, INK features hundreds of litres of water, a golden field of wheat and an octopus.

In 2018, Papaioannou was the first choreographer to create a new evening-length work for Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch since Bausch’s death in 2009. He also conceived and directed the opening and closing ceremonies for the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. With a background rooted in painting and visual art, Papaioannou’s productions blur theatre, experimental choreography and live performance.

Ahead of INK’s UK premiere at Sadler’s Wells, Dimitris Papaioannou said “I’m excited to return to Sadler’s Wells for the fourth time. INK is a very personal work that was initially conceived as a visual and sound installation but evolved into a full show. INK is an unexpected sequel to Primal Matter – my debut in London back in 2016 – and it brings me back on stage for one last time.”

Alistair Spalding, Sadler’s Wells Artistic Director and Chief Executive said “Sadler’s Wells has a proud history of working with Dimitris Papaioannou. Following his debut performance at Sadler’s Wells in 2017 with The Great Tamer, Dimitris became the first guest choreographer to create new work for Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch with Since She in 2019 and returned with Transverse Orientation in 2022. We’re delighted to continue our relationship with this co-production of INK.”

INK is created by Dimitris Papaioannou, with music by Kornilios Selamsis, sound design by David Blouin, and lighting design by Lucien Laborderie and Stephanos Droussiotis.

Please note that performances of INK contain full nudity and scenes of a disturbing nature.

Dimitris Papaioannou’s INK will be at Sadler’s Wells Theatre, Wednesday 28 February – Saturday 2 March 2024. Tickets are £15 – £65. Book now at www.sadlerswells.com

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