Review: The Great Tamer *****

Last weekend my partner and I went to Dimitris Papaioannou’s latest production ‘The Great Tamer’, at the Stadsschouwburg Amsterdam. The show starts slowly with repetitive actions but picks up speed and does not bore. The overall feeling I got was that there was some kind of storyline that was just beyond my grasp. However, this did not bother me in the slightest. Instead I watched how bodies were pulled out of the ground, were dissected, and buried. Body parts from various actors were used to form one whole new person. How astronauts walked on stage as if it was a moon landscape and how several references were made to famous paintings. Coincidence? I think not.

THE GREAT TAMER (2017) / a new work by Dimitris Papaioannou / trailer from Dimitris Papaioannou on Vimeo.

The audience laughed at various moments, and seemed at times to be as wonderfully lost in the work as I was. The ending seemed to complete the circle. Almost leading us back to the beginning before fading to black.

Check out the trailer or better yet, go see Papaioannou’s work for your self. Its worth it. I promise.

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Author: joelillidge

Joël Illidge is a blogger on health and culture topics with a focus on the sexual health of ethnic minorities in the Netherlands, particularly the Dutch Caribbean LGBTIQ community. He has an educational background in Health Sciences (B.Sc.) and Physiotherapy (B.Health.), and is currently embarking on a Masters in Medical Anthropology at the University of Amsterdam. He is based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

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