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The Press

'The lighting design by Sakis Birbilis for Andonis Foniadaki's Alymra was truly out of this world, the stunning effects reflecting raging waters at their most fierce. ... the dancers entering the fray, perform spectacular leaps, contortions and intricate partnering in ever-changing combinations in a highly energetic pursuit of eventual tranquility... exhausting, chaotic yet thoroughly mind-blowing. Alison Kent, Dance Europe - April/May 2024


'...His CIRCUMSTELLARS worked. His dancers came from throughout the ranks, and they moved at such a high speed that it was surprising that all the steps looked fully realized.

Along with the velocity, CIRCUMSTELLARS had plenty of risky moves, making the dancers (especially Mayara Pinerio and Sterling Baca) seem superhuman.' - Ellen Dunkel, Philadelphia Inquirer, Feb, 2022

'...makes for an effortlessly and almost constantly seductive experience... with Foniadakis expertly exploiting the athleticism and musicality of his cast' 

Mark Monahan, Daily Telegraph on Symbiosis

' all 17 dancers fill the stage, a fascinating logic emerges as the same movements are recycled through different configurations and the work’s precarious balance between order and chaos is sustained, even in the most heart-stoppingly dangerous moments.' 

Judith Mackrell, The Guardian on Shakerloops



Andonis Foniadakis

Andonis' video reel is here.

"The Greek-born Andonis Foniadakis has become one of the most important choreographers of the moment with his eccentric, futuristic style: he has also been widely known in German-speaking countries since his spectacular “Urlicht” choreography in Kassel in 2022. In the new season, his works will be in three theaters: in Augsburg, Munich (Gärtnerplatz theater) and Graz." - Bettina Weber, Die Deutsche Buhne, September, 2023

Andonis Foniadakis grew up in the city of Ierapetra in Crete, Greece. He studied at the Greek National School of Dance in Athens and won a Maria Callas scholarship to study at the Rudra Bejart School, Lausanne. He served as Artistic Director of the Green National Ballet in Athens during the 2016/17 season and currently holds the position of Resident Choreographer with the company.

As a dancer, Andonis performed with Bejart Ballet Lausanne, Lyon Opera Ballet and Saburo Teshigawara/KARAS, and performed in works by choreographers including Maguy Marin, Jiri Kylian, William Forsythe, Dominique Boivin, Nacho Duato, Mats Ek, Maurice Bejart, Ohad Naharin, Frederic Flamand, Bill T. Jones, Herve Robbe, Tero Saarinen, Lionel Hoche, Joachim Scholmer, John Jasperse and Saburo Teshigawara.

In 2003, Andonis founded his own dance company, Apotosoma in Lyon, France. Since then, he has shown his work in France, Greece, Italy, Finland, Luxembourg, Germany, England and the USA. 

As a freelance choreographer, he has collaborated with Martha Graham Dance Company, Sydney Dance Company, Royal New Zealand Ballet, Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, Geneva Ballet, Lyon Opera Ballet, Ballet Jazz de Montreal, Bern Ballet, Aterballetto, Ballet du Rhin, Maggio Danza, National Dance Company of Wales, Dansgroep Amsterdam, Bale Da Cidade of Sao Paolo, Brazli, Helsinki Dance Company, National Ballet of Greece, National Theatre of Northern Greece, Benjamin Millepied Dance Company, Washington Ballet, Israle Ballet, Chemnitz Ballet and Bejart Ballet Lausanne.

In 2014, Andonis was the movement coordinator for Darren Aronosfky's film Noah for Paramount Pictures. 

He created Symbiosis for Rambert Dance Company which premiered in 2017 at the Lowry Theatre, Salford, England.  In 2018, Andonis staged Selon Desir for Royal Ballet Flanders and made new creations for the Greek National Ballet and Les Ballets Jazz de Montreal and Bolero for the Croatian National Ballet.

In 2019, Andonis staged Les Noces for the Compania Nacional de Danza in Madrid as part of the company's 40th anniversary celebrations and created  a new work, Paron, for Geneva Ballet which premiered 10th November. 2020-21 saw the creation of works for the Teatro Municipal Sao Paulo and for the Croatian National Ballet. During lockdown, Andonis virtually staged a pas de deux from Glory for dancers of Ekaterinburg Ballet for Bolshoi Ballet on Culture Channel, Russia which was broadcast in November, 2020.

In June 2021, Geneva Ballet premiered Andonis' new The Rite of Spring and in July, his Kosmos was performed by Staatsballett Hannover. During 2021/22, Andonis created new works for Tanzcompagnie Konzert Theater Bern as well for Mannheim Ballet.

2023 was a been a busy season with the creation of Primal Light, a full evening work for Tanz Theater Kassel in Germany. A week later, Philadelphia Ballet premiered Andonis' Circumstellars  and in March, Introdans in The Netherlands staged Selon Desir.  Further creations in 2023 have included Far Side for Basel Ballet and staging of works for the annual Moving Arts Festival in Cincinnati and Kansas City, USA.

In Spring 2024, Andonis has created his first work, Strangelove, for Hong Kong Ballet as well as created Almyra for Gauthier Dance in Stuttgart and Bonds or Augsburg Ballet. In July, Gartner Platz Theatre, Munich presented the world premiere of Andonis' latest creation, Troja/Troy.


In 2025, Andonis will create Ikarus, a new full evenning work for Hannover Ballett.

His awards include the Danza e Danza Award for Best Choreographer in 2012. 


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