Dimitris Papaioannou

[video installation] 

Inside is a large-scale on-stage experiment by Dimitris Papaioannou that took place in a room set inside the Pallas Theatre in central Athens. Inside this room, for twenty nights in the Spring of 2011, a simple series of movements documenting our daily return home was uniformly repeated by thirty performers in countless combinations and superimpositions. Six hours on stage with no beginning, middle or end. Visitors could watch as much as they liked, sit wherever they liked, exit and re-enter as many times as they liked. The stage action began before visitors came in, and continued after they left. 

Inside encouraged audiences to treat the theatre as an exhibition space and the work as an exhibit, and to watch the action as if gazing at a landscape. 

Inside was conceived as a kind of visual meditation. The work was developed along two parallel trains of thought. On the one hand, with a view to the emotional charge that is created when we sense the similarity of all human beings inside their nest. And on the other, an interest in the form of the artwork itself — in how a single motif can become a kind of latent narrative through its repetition and multiplication (like on ancient Greek Geometric vases and Eastern patterned carpets). 

Inside’s final night was filmed in a single, six-hour take and first presented as a video installation as part of “Ανταλλαγή / Austausch / Exchange”, a 2012 Goethe-Institut art project curated by Sofia Dona, at the Broadway open-air cinema in Athens. The following year, it was projected one summer night at the Kalamata International Dance Festival’s open-air Castle Amphitheatre. 

13 october 18:00 до 24:00
14 october 12:00 до 24:00
15 october 12:00 до 24:00 
The duration of the video installation  6 hours
The session goes on continuously from 12:00 to 24:00

Age limit 18+

Photos © Marilena Stafylidou


  • Idea and direction — Dimitris Papaioannou
  • Conceived and directed by Dimitris Papaioannou
  • Set & video installation design — Dimitris Theodoropoulos, Sofia Dona
  • Music — K.BHTA
  • Sound design for stage & video installations — Konstantinos Michopoulos
  • Lighting design — Alekos Yiannaros
  • Costume design — Thanos Papastergiou
  • On-stage video projections shot — Inside team
  • Assistant director & creative producer — Tina Papanikolaou
  • Technical director & production manager — Kostas Kefalas
  • Camera operators — Stelios Kammitsis, Thodoris Michopoulos
  • Colour correction & projection technical advisor — Matt Johnson (Haos Film)
  • Producer by Elliniki Thematon
  • Assistant of Production Manager — Georgios Babanaras
  • Stage Technician — Dinos Nikolaou
  • Lighting Programmer - Operator — Christos Tziokas
  • Assistant Costume Designer — Nicole Papakonstantinou
  • Production Assistants — Kyriacos Karseras - Kali Kavvatha


  • Thanassis Akokkalidis
  • Pavlina Andriopoulou
  • Natassa Aretha
  • Panos Athanasopoulos
  • Savvas Baltzis
  • Ilia De Tchaves-Poga
  • Nikos Dragonas
  • Altin Huta
  • Yorgos Kafetzopoulos
  • Konstantinos Karvouniaris
  • Amalia Kosma
  • Eleftheria Lagoudaki
  • Euripides Laskaridis
  • Tadeu Liesenfeld
  • Konstantinos Maravelias
  • Yorghos Matskaris
  • Yiannis Nikolaidis
  • Christos Papadopoulos
  • Yiannis Papakammenos
  • Simos Patieridis
  • Ilias Rafailidis
  • Kalliopi Simou
  • Diogenis Skaltsas
  • Drossos Skotis
  • Manolis Theodorakis
  • Michalis Theophanous
  • Simon Tsakiris
  • Sophia Tsiaousi
  • Vangelis Zarkadas