Christos Papadopoulos & Dance On Ensemble

A body that is outwardly still and inwardly vibrating – what processes does the energy undergo before it breaks through? How does it change when the body matures?

MELLOWING is the first collaboration between the Berlin based international ensemble of professional dancers over 40 and the Greek contemporary choreographer Christos Papadopoulos. The dancers of the Dance On Ensemble come from leading contemporary dance groups around the world and look back on a long dance biography. Incorporating their knowledge and experience into the creation, together they explore moments of perception and intensities of the moment that create a lively restlessness, a permanent vibration in which the spectator is inevitably involved.

With minimalistic music by Coti K,  Papadopoulos gradually leads the group of dancers into a collective practice of repetitive and synchronic ballet technique. But with the presence of these dancers - not only their bodies, but also personalities and characters, this marked attempt „fails”, and from the mechanical group composition, manifestations of individualism take the lead. An energetic dance project celebrating movement and being together on stage, and at the same time embracing the diversity and individuality of every dancer involved.


Christos Papadopoulos (GR) studied dance and choreography in SNDO (School for New Dance Development) in Amsterdam (2003), theatre at the National Theatre of Greece, Drama School (GNT Drama School) (1999) and Political Sciences in the Panteion University (2000). His previous works OPUS and ELVEDON were met with great acclaim when presented in Porta Theatre in Greece and in a number of festivals abroad. Christos Papadopoulos' works are often described as minimalist and precise. His attention is focused on the minimal shifts of perception, on the permanent, often unnoticed and yet powerful movements in nature and everyday life, within physical phenomena and political contexts.

„[…] part of Greece’s younger generation of remarkable talents in the theatre and dance scene [and] hailed as an astonishing new voice in contemporary choreography […]“ (Greek news agenda)

The Dance On Ensemble (DE) has been created as an initiative of Madeline Ritter and Info Diehl, two visionaries active in the German dance scene. Since 2015, Dance On gathers professional dancers (of over 40 years old) who step out from major dance companies, and want to further their artistic development. Every year Dance On invites artists of different backgrounds to create new stage works, which tour extensively around the world. In collaboration with internationally renowned choreographers and directors, including Rabih Mroué, Deborah Hay, William Forsythe and Jan Martens, the Dance On Ensemble develops a repertoire of groundbreaking and exciting contemporary dance works with the goal of creating an ambitious repertoire for dancers 40+ and sustainably developing their professional careers.

Drawing on its wealth of experiential knowledge, the company also brings to the stage radical works in modern dance history by iconic choreographers such as Merce Cunningham, Martha Graham, and Lucinda Childs, and invites contemporary artist:s such as Tim Etchills, Mathilde Monnier to create congenial "responses” in their own artistic voices. The ensemble is currently run artistically by Ty Boomershine - former soloist in the legendary Einstein on the Beach by Robert Wilson, and longtime dancer of Dutch ensembles like Emio Greco and LeineRoebana. 

Choreography: Christos Papadopoulos

Artistic Director Dance On Ensemble: Ty Boomershine

Dancers: Ty Boomershine, Javier Arozena, Alba Barral Fernández, Anna Herrmann, Emma Lewis, Gesine Moog, Miki Orihara, Tim Persent, Jone San Martin, Marco Volta, Lia Witjes Poole

Choreographic Assistant: Georgios Kotsifakis

Music: Coti K

Light: Eliza Alexandropoulou

Costume: Werkstattkollektiv

Technical Director & Light On Tour: Martin Beeretz

Sound On Tour: Mattef Kuhlmey

Artistic and Executive Director Bureau Ritter: Madeline Ritter

Producer: Hélène Philippot

Artistic Director Dance On Partizipation: Laura Böttinger

Head of Communication: Esther Ningelgen

Production Assistant: Anastasia Luck

Distributing Producers: Danila-Freitag Agency for the Performing Arts (Julia Danila and Sepide Freitag)

Photos and Videos: Jubal Battisti

Financial Administration: Christof Müller


Production: DANCE ON / Bureau Ritter

Coproduction: ONASSIS STEGI, Athens and Centre chorégraphique national de Rillieux-la-Pape / Direction Yuval PICK, as part of the accueil-studio program.
Supported by Hauptstadtkulturfonds.


Photos used: Jubal Battisti



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