'...makes for an effortlessly and almost constantly seductive experience... with Foniadakis expertly exploiting the athleticism and musicality of his cast' - Symbiosis, Rambert Dance Company, Mark Monahan, Daily Telegraph, London
'...as 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.' Shakerloops, Ballet de Lorraine, Judith Mackrell, The Guardian
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 and Bejart Ballet Lausanne.
In 2014, Andonis was 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 sees him create works for the Teatro Municipal Sao Paulo and for the Croatian National Ballet. Andonis will also virtually stage a pas de deux from Glory for dancers of Ekaterinburg Ballet for Bolshoi Ballet on Culture Channel, Russia to be broadcast in November, 2020.
His awards include the Danza e Danza Award for Best Choreographer in 2012.