Onassis Cultural Centre - Athens

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Christos Papadopoulos


Christos Papadopoulos


01.02.2018 –


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Performances Schedule

Ticket Prices




Thursday, 1 February
Main Stage
Friday, 2 February
Main Stage
Saturday, 3 February
Main Stage
Sunday, 4 February
Main Stage

Ticket Prices

Early Bird
€18, 20
Full Price
€7 – 28
Reduced, Friend & Groups 5-9 people
€8 – 22
Groups 10+ people
€7 – 20
Νeighborhood residents
People with disabilities & Unemployed
Companions of people with disabilities


Ion, like life.

A living system of ten dancers, pulsating and coordinating, attracting and repulsing, tracing orbits that follow the mechanisms of nature.

Christos Papadopoulos, the new star of choreography rising in Europe, poses questions about human nature on the Main Stage of the Onassis Cultural Centre.

Because we are all ions out there, electrically charged.

Ion explains why the European world of dance calls Christos Papadopoulos the rising star. His minimalist, poetic, artistic universe is a place you may inhabit. A performance that focuses on the microphysics of motion, the volume of detail that can derive from a kinetic pattern allowing the eye to wander, to travel through the boundless field of human relations.

The flight of birds, the coordination of fireflies, a series of microphenomena that comprise the world of nature become a starting point for the kinetic research of Christos Papadopoulos. Still, the choreographer does not merely represent the aforementioned enchanting coincidences; he moves on with a reductionist approach to kinetic patterns encountered all around us. In a minimalist language, which is a feature of his work up to now, he looks for the mechanisms or the algorithm that lies behind the function of coordination. A living system of 10 dancers tests our powers of observation with imperceptible changes and noiseless transitions, in order to reveal the fragility of human relations that validate the pace of life, the natural order of things.

So, while the title refers us directly to the phenomenon of ionization, we could say that the performance tends to work by association, highlighting elements that transcend form, the mechanism of choreography, the rigor of a system. Besides, what fascinates the choreographer is not the Empire of Signs, but how they connect, creating a unique cosmos. The appeal of coordination lies in the brevity of the phenomenon, its transience, the impression of randomness and the expectation of recurrence.

With his new work, Ion, Christos Papadopoulos submits a multisensory experiment, which does not exhaust itself in easy attention-seeking mechanics. The choreography aims to foreground the minimal, the ecstatic serenity, like that crack through which light enters before the splendour of the skies is revealed to us. Christos Papadopoulos focuses on the repetitiveness of kinetic motifs, on stage space clarity defined by lighting and action. The choreographer relies on the primal elements that constitute his work: rhythm, movement, place and time. Still, the way he weaves the acts allows us to gradually discover the interaction of the movement with the other elements, light showcasing the movement of the bodies and the effect of music on the sound environment, which does not merely guide but also converses with the choreography.

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Concept & Choreography

Christos Papadopoulos


Tassos Koukoutas


Coti K


Tasos Palaioroutas


Angelos Mentis

Set Design

Evangelia Therianou

1st Assistant Choreographer

Katerina Spyropoulou

2nd Assistant Choreographer

Ioanna Antonarou

Production organization

Theodora Kapralou


Nanti Gogoulou, Nontas Damopoulos, Amalia Kosma, Hara Kotsali, Giorgos Kotsifakis, Efthymis Moschopoulos, Dimitra Mertzani, Maria Bregianni, Ioanna Paraskevopoulou, Alexis Tsiamoglou

Produced by

Onassis Cultural Centre-Athens

With the support of

The Fondation d'entreprise Hermès within the framework of the New Settings programme


Théâtre de la Ville-Paris, Le Lieu Unique-Scène nationale de Nantes


Dublin Dance Festival

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Parallel Event

After performance talk


Free admission

Sponsors / Partners

With the support of the Fondation d'entreprise Hermès within the framework of the New Settings programme
Official air carrier sponsor
Hospitality sponsor
Medical cover
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