Esplanade Presents

Theatre | Dance

Transverse Orientation

Dimitris Papaioannou (Greece)

26 Aug 2022, Fri, 8pm

27 Aug 2022, Sat, 8pm

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1hr 40mins

(Intermission: None)

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Photo Credit: Julian Mommert
Photo Credit: Julian Mommert
Photo Credit: Julian Mommert
Photo Credit: Julian Mommert
Photo Credit: Julian Mommert
Photo Credit: Julian Mommert


Greek theatre stage director, choreographer and visual artist Dimitris Papaioannou returns to Singapore with his latest full-length creation, Transverse Orientation


Enveloped by the music of Vivaldi, Transverse Orientation explores existential themes, mining mythology and art history to conjure vivid and often humorous imagery. A master of visual spectacle, Papaioannou blurs the lines between theatre, choreography and live performance to transform bodies and objects by illusion. Taking inspiration from the natural behaviour of moths to seek light, Transverse Orientation unfolds as a sequence of arresting and ingenious tableaux, and follows the human compulsion to find meaning on the journey of life. 


Since premiering in June 2021, this contemporary masterpiece has toured to more than twenty cities in Europe and America. Now, it arrives in Singapore, bringing one of the most renowned names in the international arts scene to mark the return of live international presentations for Esplanade’s da:ns programming. With its evocative imagery, Transverse Orientation depicts chaos, reconstruction and metamorphosis in ways that both challenge and enrapture the audience.  


Papaioannou gained early recognition as a painter and comics artist, and came to international prominence following his direction of the 2004 Olympic ceremonies in Athens. In 2018, he created Since She for Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch, becoming the first artist to set a new full-length work for the company. Transverse Orientation was nominated for Best New Dance Production by the Olivier Awards in 2022. 


Rating: R18 (Nudity) Please note that this production contains scenes of male and female nudity.


Latecomers will not be admitted until a suitable point in the performance (if any).


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18 and above
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Production Credits

Conceived – Visualized + Directed by Dimitris Papaioannou

With Damiano Ottavio Bigi, Šuka Horn, Jan Möllmer, Breanna O’Mara, Tina Papanikolaou, Łukasz Przytarski, Christos Strinopoulos, Michalis Theophanous


Music Antonio Vivaldi
Set Design Tina Tzoka & Loukas Bakas
Sound Composition + Design Coti K.
Costume Design Aggelos Mendis
Collaborative Lighting Designer Stephanos Droussiotis
Music Supervisor Stephanos Droussiotis
Sculptures + Special Constructions - Props Nectarios Dionysatos
Mechanical Inventions Dimitris Korres


Creative - Executive Producer + Assistant Director Tina Papanikolaou
Assistant Directors + Rehearsal Directors Pavlina Andriopoulou & Drossos Skotis
Assistant to the Set Designers Tzela Christopoulou
Assistant to the Sound Composer Martha Kapazoglou
Assistant to the Costume Designer Aella Tsilikopoulou
Special Constructions - Props Assistant Eva Tsambasi
Photography + Cinematography Julian Mommert


Technical Director Manolis Vitsaxakis
Assistant to the Technical Director Marios Karaolis
Stage Manager – Sound Engineer + Props Constructions David Blouin
Props Master Tzela Christopoulou
Lighting Programmer Stephanos Droussiotis
Set adaptation Evangelos Xenodochidis
Costumes Construction Litsa Moumouri, Efi Karantasiou, Islam Kazi
Stage Technicians Kostas Kakoulidis, Evgenios Anastopoulos, Panos Koutsoumanis
Lighting Constructions Miltos Athanasiou
Silicone Baby made by Joanna Bobrzynska-Gomes
Props Team Natalia Fragkathoula, Marilena Kalaitzantonaki, Timothy Laskaratos, Anastasis Meletis, Antonis Vassilakis


Executive Production 2WORKS in collaboration with POLYPLANITY Productions
Executive Production Associate Vicky Strataki
Executive Production Assistant Kali Kavvatha
Props Production Manager Pavlina Andriopoulou
International Relations + Communications Manager Julian Mommert


A production of ONASSIS STEGI
Created to be premiered at ONASSIS STEGI (2021)


Co-Produced by Festival d'Avignon, Biennale de la danse de Lyon 2021Dance Umbrella / Sadler's Wells Theatre, Fondazione Campania dei Festival - Napoli Teatro Festival ItaliaGrec Festival de BarcelonaHolland Festival – AmsterdamLuminato (Toronto) / TO LiveNew Vision Arts Festival (Hong KongRuhrfestspiele RecklinghausenSaitama Arts Theatre / ROHM Theatre KyotoStanford Live / Stanford UniversityTeatro Municipal do PortoThéâtre de la Ville - Paris / Théatre du ChâteletUCLA’s Center for the Art of Performance


With the support of Festival Aperto (Reggio Emilia)Festival de Otoño de la Comunidad de MadridHELLERAU – European Centre for the ArtsNational Arts Centre (Ottawa)New Baltic Dance FestivalONE DANCE WEEK FestivalP.P. Culture Enterprises LtdTANEC PRAHA International Dance Festival, Teatro della Pergola – FirenzeTorinodanza Festival / Teatro Stabile di Torino - Teatro Nazionale


Funded by the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports


Dimitris Papaioannou’s work is supported by MEGARON – THE ATHENS CONCERT HALL

Date & Time

26 Aug 2022, Fri


Esplanade Theatre

27 Aug 2022, Sat


Esplanade Theatre

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