Screening & Talk: Dimitris Papaioannou

Sunday, February 5, 2023 | 9:00 AM (PDT) | ZOOM | RSVP


Join us for a special screening of Dimitris Papaiannou’s The Great Tamer, followed by a Live Q&A via Zoom, moderated by Ivan Talijančić, with a panel of MFA John Wells Directing Fellows and the SCA's Erika Latta (Assistant Professor of Theater & Performance).

This work is brought to the The Frank-Ratchye STUDIO for Creative Inquiry by Ivan Talijančić (Contemporary Performance Practices and Special Visiting Faculty in the School of Drama John Wells Directing Program), with support from the 2022-2023 Sylvia & David Steiner Speaker Series, and in collaboration with Simon Fraser University's School for the Contemporary Arts.

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Dimitris Papaioannou gained early recognition as a painter and a comic-book artist. He then turned to the performing arts as a director, choreographer, performer, and designer of sets, costumes and lighting. A fine arts graduate, he approaches the creative process through imagery and drawing. The first artistic cycle of his stage work revolved around Edafos Dance Theatre, the group he worked with for 17 years until 2002. Medea (1993), presented at the 1998 Dance Biennale, marked the company’s transition to big venues, and is considered the touchstone of his oeuvre. His work on creating the opening ceremony for the Athens Olympics in 2004 brought Dimitris Papaioannou international renown. Since 1986, his personal work has been a hybrid exploration of experimental dance: a blend of physical theatre, motion art and performance, in which he interrogates creation, identity and the legacy of our Western cultural memory.

Ivan Talijancic is a director and cultural producer working at the intersection of theater, film, dance, performance, music, installation art and new media, in New York City and around the globe. Born in the former Yugoslavia and raised in Italy before immigrating to the United States, Ivan completed his university studies with a BA in Theatre (cum laude) at the University of California, San Diego and an MFA in Directing at Columbia University’s School of the Arts in New York City on a Kathryn Bache Miller Scholarship, and has assisted Robert Wilson and Julie Taymor as part of his graduate internship program. Immediately upon completion of his studies, Ivan co-founded WaxFactory, for which he has created and produced over 20 performance, installation and film/video works to date, presented on four continents. Alongside his work with the company, Ivan has maintained a dynamic career path as an educator, producer, journalist as well as a freelance director in non-profit and commercial realm.

February 05, 2023