Shaker Loops

Choreography : Andonis Foniadakis
Music : John Adams

Shaker Loops © Arno Paul

Premiere October 18, 2014, at the Opera National de Lorraine

Choreography : Andonis Foniadakis
Music : John Adams Shaker Loops 
Assistant : Pierre Magendie
Costumes : Tassos Sofroniou
Light Jérôme Tournayre
Rehearsal director : Isabelle Bourgeais


Andonis Foniadakis has chosen for his first choreographic work at the CCN – Ballet
de Lorraine, one of John Adams’ most popular pieces, Shaker Loops. This piece, created in 1978 for a string septet (the version presented in this program) was then adapted in 1983 for orchestra. It has become an emblematic, major work in the minimalist genre, particularly because of its inventive use of loops and waves.
The choreographer was struck by the frenetic strangeness of the music. Its vibration influenced his way of creating his dance for the company, impelling him to create a sensitive choreographic template which would be parallel to the John Adams piece.
Andonis Foniadakis also reveals other facets of his work, reflecting the disturbing turbulence of our time. All of it comes together in this electrifying combination of John Adams’s music and the powerful dancing he has created for the dancers at the CCN – Ballet de Lorraine. 

Andonis Foniadakis

Andonis Foniadakis grew up in the city of Ierapetra, in the southern part of the island of Crete, in Greece. He began studying dance with Niki Papadaki at the local dance school in Ierapetra. From 1990 to 1992, he studied at the state dance school in Athens, and before obtaining his degree he received the prestigious Maria Callas grant to continue studying at Rudra Béjart in Lausanne, Switzerland, staying there until 1994.
As a dancer, he danced with the Béjart Ballet Lausanne (1994- 1996) under the direction of Maurice Béjart, with the Ballet de l’Opéra National in Lyon (1996- 2002) under the direction of Yorgos Loukos and with the Karas Co. (2004) under the direction of Saburo Teshigawara. He has performed works by, among others Maguy Marin, Jiri Kylian, William Forsythe, Ohad Naharin, Frédéric Flamand, Bill T Jones, Tero Saarinen and Saburo Teshigawara.
As a choreographer, he has created works for the Martha Graham Dance Company, the Ballet du Grand Théâtre of Geneva, the Ballet de l’Opéra National de Lyon, the CCN - Ballet du Rhin, the Helsinki Dance Company, Benjamin Millepied Dance, the Washington Ballet, the Béjart Ballet Lausanne, the Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, Les Ballets Jazz of Montréal and the Sydney Dance Company. He will be creating works for the Luzern Ballett and Aterballeto in 2015.
In 2003, he established his own company. Apotosoma, in Lyon and has since then presented his work in France, Greece, Italy, Finland, Luxembourg, Germany, England and the United States.
Andonis Foniadakis also created the choreography for Rameau’s Les Boréades at the Opéra National du Rhin and for canto de la pelle by Claudio Ambrosini at the GRAME – Lyon, and in October 2014 will premiere Castor et Pollux at the Théâtre des Champs Elysées in Paris.