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Laterna magika

Dimitris Papaioannou (GR): Transverse Orientation

Dimitris Papaioannou

TANEC PRAHA 2021 / Událost sezony

The New Stage
Tanec Praha 2021

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


Photo and video gallery


Practical information

Where to buy tickets

The National Theatre sells tickets up to 6 months in advance. On 1 September at 9am we selling tickets for performances of Drama, Ballet, Opera and Laterna magika until the end of February 2024.

When purchasing online, you can get an e-ticket. You can pick up printed tickets in person at the box offices of the National Theatre.

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 again the underground car park of the National Theatre. Information and a parking fee.


Buffets on the New Stage

Use Café Nona for refreshments on the New Stage.