After eight years of silence the Central stage of the National Theater is opening its doors for the public – renovated, equipped with modern technology, filled with new ideas for theatrical plays. The first performance on the stage will be presented by the great choreographer Dimitris Papayoanou, which is called “Nowhere”. Nowhere, because it cannot be played anywhere else. The show is made specifically for this stage by the talented Papayoanou, who in 2004 made the opening and closing score of the Olympic Games in Athens.
Every movement by Papayoanou’s dancers is poetry, which touches the senses and takes over the whole space. Filled with music by Coti K, vision ideas by Zafos Xagoraris, lights by Alekos Yanoros and costumes by Thanos Papasteriou, Papayoanou creates a work of art, which started from the idea to use the empty space, the construction materials and the new gains – the mechanism of the stage. 26 dancers start from there – from “nowhere” – and move the stage with their bodies, in order to discover its possibilities, to fill with movement and meaning one empty space, to find their and its possibilities.
“The stage is an architectural space, which turns into a special place, because of the presence of the people and can transform it in many different ways. Otherwise it was constructed to a machine, which by itself is nothing special. This is a space, which is “nowhere” and every director, every gesture of the set designer or just a phrase, can turn it into anything. Really, into anything. From there started the game of words,” says Papayonaou in an interview for Lifo magazine.
The play has not finished, it is played again and again…one gesture provokes a reaction, it is rethought, composed again is an existentialist travel for all participating – actors or viewers. “Nowhere” is only half an hour long and this is why the performances will be played twice a day until the beginning of December, from Wednesday until Saturday at 09:00PM and 09:45PM and on Sunday at 07:00PM and 07:45PM. A ticket for two costs €10 and you can buy them at the box office of the National Theater on 22-24 “Aghiou Konstantinou” Boulevard, tel.: 210 52 88 170, on 39 “Panapestimiou” Boulevard, tel.: 210 72 34 567 and from the website of the National Theater.