Transverse Orientation
Nov 7—Nov 11, 2022
Dance | Theater

US Premiere

Conceived and directed by Dimitris Papaioannou


Evoking myth and religion, the newest creation by Greek director-choreographer Dimitris Papaioannou dazzles with meticulous craft, imaginative play, and visual intensity. Like The Great Tamer, his internationally acclaimed, Next Wave 2019 sold-out sensation, Transverse Orientation induces awe on a massive scale, set to the music of Vivaldi. With dreamlike, painterly composition—and the rendering of a bull, in all of its lifelike power—it will make you wonder what’s real. Papaioannou—one of the first choreographers to create new work for Pina Bausch’s Tanztheater Wuppertal in 45 years—exacts striking formal language, along with the best of experimental theater art.

Note: This show contains nudity and may not be appropriate for children.



Produced by and created to be premiered at ONASSIS STEGI (2021)

Co-Produced by Festival d'Avignon, Biennale de la danse de Lyon, Dance Umbrella / Sadler's Wells Theatre, Fondazione Campania dei Festival, Grec Festival de Barcelona, Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports, Holland Festival, Luminato / TO Live, New Vision Arts Festival, Ruhrfestspiele Recklinghausen, Saitama Arts Theatre / ROHM Theatre Kyoto, Stanford Live, Teatro Municipal do Porto, Théâtre de la Ville - Paris / Théatre du Châtelet, UCLA’s Center for the Art of Performance

With the support of Festival Aperto, Festival de Otoño de la Comunidad de Madrid, HELLERAU – European Centre for the Arts, National Arts Centre (Ottawa), New Baltic Dance Festival, ONE DANCE WEEK Festival, P.P. Culture Enterprises Ltd, TANEC PRAHA International Dance Festival, Teatro della Pergola / Teatro Stabile di Torino

With the support of MEGARON - The Athens Concert Hall

Thu Jun 09
BAM Members & Patrons
Thu Jun 23
General Public
1hr 45min
BAM Members receive 20% off through September 5. No promo code needed.
All performances will adhere to protocols developed in accordance with New York State regulations and in consultation with medical professionals for the safety of our artists, audiences, and staff. 

Leadership support for BAM Access Programs
provided by the
Jerome L. Greene Foundation

Jerome L. Greene Foundation


Leadership support for programming in the Howard Gilman Opera House provided by:

Leadership support for theater and dance at BAM provided by The SHS Foundation

Leadership support for theater at BAM provided by The Fan Fox & Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, Inc. and The Shubert Foundation, Inc.

Leadership support for dance at BAM provided by:


Additional support provided by Onassis Foundation USA

“Dimitris Papaioannou, a master of contradictions. He’ll create sublime tableaux and then puncture the moment with absurdity; and cross beauty with disgust, wonder and comedy.”
— The Guardian
“Like all of Papaioannou’s pieces, it’s a meticulously crafted, intensely visual experience.”
— The New York Times
“Transverse Orientation demonstrates yet again what a masterful theatrical magician and imagist Papaioannou is.”
— The Times (UK)
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