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Dimitris Papaioannou (GR): Transverse Orientation

Dimitris Papaioannou

TANEC PRAHA 2021 / Událost sezony

The New Stage
Tanec Praha 2021

The National Theatre sells tickets for full capacity of its venues, for all auditorium seats, with the exception of the first row.
According to the government's decision, visitors must meet these conditions.
Tickets can be purchased on the website of the National Theatre and at the box offices of the National Theatre.

Basic information


The New Stage

Approximate running time

1 hour 45 minutes, no intermission

Held within the 33rd International Dance Festival TANEC PRAHA 2021

For the first time ever Prague will welcome an icon of contemporary Greek choreography Dimitris Papaioannou in a highly visual physical work, an ode as well as a farewell to our ancestors, bringing us with ease and sensitivity back to basic human values.


In this highly visual physical work, Dimitris Papaioannou, an icon of contemporary Greek choreography, asks questions about the nature of humanity and the direction of our civilization. In the foreground of the production Transverse Orientation is the light, beauty, power of the human body and the archetype of the bull – the legendary Minotaur. It’s an ode as well as a farewell to our ancestors. In its way, it breaks down surviving patterns while also creating new ones, liberating itself from a violent, antiquated power. With ease and sensitivity, it brings us back to basic human values. Prague will welcome this exceptional artist for the first time ever.

Production of: ONASSIS STEGI, | created to be first performed at:  ONASSIS STEGI 2021

Co-production: Festival d'Avignon, Biennale de la danse de Lyon 2021, Dance Umbrella / Sadler's Wells Theatre, Fondazione Campania dei Festival - Napoli Teatro Festival Italia, Grec Festival de Barcelona, Holland Festival – Amsterdam, Luminato (Toronto) / TO Live, New Vision Arts Festival (Hong Kong), Ruhrfestspiele Recklinghausen, Saitama Arts Theatre / ROHM Theatre Kyoto, Stanford Live / Stanford University, Teatro Municipal do Porto, Théâtre de la Ville - Paris / Théâtre du Châtelet, UCLA’s Center for the Art of Performance

With the support of: Festival Aperto (Reggio Emilia), Festival de Otoño de la Comunidad de Madrid, HELLERAU – European Centre for the Arts, National Arts Centre (Ottawa), New Baltic Dance Festival, ONE DANCE WEEK Festival, P.P. Culture Enterprises Ltd, TANEC PRAHA International Dance Festival, Teatro della Pergola – Firenze, Torinodanza Festival / Teatro Stabile di Torino - Teatro Nazionale

Funded by: Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports

Supporter of Dimitris Papaioannou’s work: MEGARON – THE ATHENS CONCERT HALL



Practical information

Where to buy tickets

The National Theatre offers tickets for September –⁠ December 2021

Tickets for December on sale from 1st September.

When purchasing online, we will send you an E-ticket by e-mail. You can pick up printed tickets in person at the box offices of the National Theatre.

According to the government's decision, visitors must meet these conditions.

What to wear?

By their appearance, attire and behaviour, the audience is obliged to adhere to the accustomed practice expected from them when attending a theatre performance.

Parking at the National Theater

While visiting The National Theatre and the New Stage You can use nearby secure car parks:
Kotva department store (Revoluční 1/655, Prague 1), then walk along Králodvorská street to Ovocný trh.
Palladium department store (Na Poříčí 1079/3a, Prague 1), then walk along Králodvorská street to Ovocný trh, or to the Powder Gate through Celetná street to Ovocný trh.

From the beginning of April 2020, the underground car park is closed due to reconstruction. The length of the reconstruction is estimated at a year and a half.


Buffets on the New Stage

Use Café Nona for refreshments on the New Stage.