Andonis Foniadakis

 Andonis Foniadakis - Danse Danse

Born in Crete, Andonis Foniadakis studied classical and contemporary dance at the National School of Dance in Athens. In 1992 he was awarded the prestigious Maria Callas scholarship, which allowed him to pursue his training at Rudra Béjart in Lausanne, Switzerland. In 1994 he choreographed In between for the Béjart Ballet in Lausanne, which was followed two years later by Court métrage. For two years he also danced in many pieces by Maurice Béjart, including King Lear and Sheherazade.

In 1996 Andonis Foniadakis joined the Ballet de l’Opéra national in Lyon, directed by Yourgos Loukos, and also danced for Saburo Teshigawara / Karas Co. under the direction of Saburo Teshigawara. He performed in many ballets, notably the title role in Casse-noisette by Dominique Boivin, as well as roles in Final Lecture by Pascal Touzeau, Sini by Terro Saarinen, Miss K by Hervé Robbe, Green and Blue and Love Defined by Bill T. Jones, and Tabula Rasa and Black Milk by Ohad Naharin. In parallel with his career as a dancer he established a reputation as a fine choreographer, presenting Fila Filon at the Cannes Dance Festival and Lava Nama at the Opéra de Lyon in 1999. In 2001 he began to establish a career abroad with presentations of Pénombre at the Copenhagen international festival and In memorium Suberbiae at the Concert Hall in Athens. The following year he created Solo pour Email, a musical comedy by Dominique Boivin, as well as Pièce Inconnue for the Conservatoire national supérieur de Danse in Lyon and Handle with care for the National Theater of Northern Greece. He was then invited by the Grand Théâtre of Geneva to create Ce long désir, set to music by Bach. In 2003 Andonis Foniadakis created his own dance company, Apotosomam, in Lyon. He has presented his dances in France, Greece, Italy, Finland, Luxembourg, the U.S. and England. In Italy in 2012 he received the Danza e Danza “best choreographer” award for Les Noces, a piece for the Maggio Danza ballet company. He also worked on the 2014 Darren Aronofsky film Noah.

Andonis Foniadakis has been appointed Ballet Director of the Greek National Opera in September 2016.

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