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Yiannis Adoniou




Municipal Theater of Piraeus, 21.30


With Strangers, Yannis Adoniou is proposing a contemporary and innovative dance work that has to do with hearing as an action, or, the “act of listening.” For this work, he is collaborating with pioneering Spanish choreographer/dancer Jone San Martin.

Is it likely that a musical score serves to set free rather than dictate? If coexistence is, especially now, a necessary condition, what lies between us? Is it the silence between words that makes language understandable?

Through live sounds and texts, the performing “strangers” are called upon to convey movement as an act of listening to the audio action. The body is fundamentally connected to the conditions of sound and tells how listening makes things / words / spaces more comprehensible.


Born in Athens, Yannis Adoniou studied at the State School of Dance (KSOT) and the School of Hamburg Ballet. He danced with the Hamburg Ballet, Osnabruck State Theater, Bonn Ballet, Underwegs Theater in Heidelberg, William Forsythe’s member project, Alonzo King's LINES Ballet, San Francisco Opera and Sara Shelton Mann's Contraband, among others. In 1998 he created the organization KUNST-STOFF productions where as artistic director he was honored with the Goldie Award. In addition to the KUNST-STOFF Dance Company, he created works for groups and universities such as Seattle Opera, Sacramento Ballet, Bonn Ballet, Opera Santa Barbara, National Opera House of Kuwait, the Modern Department at the University of Utah, Florida State University, Lines Ballet/Dominican University, Municipal Theatre of Patras, NEON Organization, Benaki Museum, among others.

Jone San Martin Astigarraga, former dancer with the Forsythe Company, was born in Donostia / San Sebastian, Basque Country. She is a dancer, performer, choreographer and teacher of the improvisational techniques she developed with William Forsythe. She has created many works and is touring all over the world with the solo / conference “Legítimo / Rezo” which is based on the choreographic work of William Forsythe. She has collaborated with choreographers such as: William Forsythe, Nacho Duato, Jacopo Godani, Saburo Teshigawara, Fabrice Mazliah, Agnès Chekroun, Carlotta Sagna, Jan Lawers, Jan Fabre, Josh Johnson, Tim Etchells, Matteo Fargion, Rabih Mroué, Deborah Hay, Jan Marteens, Ersan Mondtag, Johannes Wieland, Mikel R Nieto, Emanuele Soavi, Susanne Kennedy, Ildikó Tóth, Yannis Adoniou. “Donostia/San Sebastian 2016” awarded her the “Carte Blanche” in scenic arts.


CONCEPT & SOUND: Yannis Adoniou
CHOREOGRAPHY: Yannis Adoniou, Jone San Martin, in collaboration with the dancers
PERFORMERS: Jone San Martin, Emmanouela Alexandrinaki, Konstantina Verrou, Evini Pantelaki, Yannis Adoniou, Spyros Ntogas
COSTUME DESIGN: Andreas Christodoulidis
SOUND DESIGN: Nikos Giannios
WITH THE SUPPORT OF: Cultural Center of the Municipality of Ilida; DAN.C.CE – Dance Cultural Center