Aimilios Arapoglou (BE/GR)



Aimilios Arapoglou is a Greek dancer and dance maker who has been creating and performing professionally in Greece and internationally since 2011. He is a graduate of both the International and European Relations program at the University of Piraeus and the Greek National State School of Dance. Now based in Brussels, Aimilios works with many talented artists, including Linda Kapetanea and Josef Frucek (Rootlessroot Dance Company), in collaboration with the musician John Parish and his band, David Zambrano, Damien Jalet, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Scottish Dance Theatre, Mor Shani, Jukstapoz Dance Company and fashion designers Hussein Chalayan, Riccardo Tisci and Iris van Herpen.

In October 2014 he was invited to perform at La Monnaie (Brussels) in Shell Shock, an opera choreographed by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, written by Nick Cave and composed by Nicholas Lens, which was re-staged at Philharmonie de Paris in November 2018. In April 2016 he joined Eastman to start rehearsing for Babel 7.16 at Festival d’Avignon, a piece that was performed at the Cour d'Honneur de Palais des Papes in July 2016 under the direction of Damien Jalet and Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui. Notably, Aimilios was invited to take part in the project Boléro, at the Paris Opera Garnier, as an assistant choreographer to Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Damien Jalet and the performance artist Marina Abramović. This artistic trio asked for his help again in 2018, when he was a choreographic advisor for the newly adapted rendition of Debussy's Pelléas et Mélisande. He was also invited to collaborate on the original movement research for Vessel, that was created at the art residency Villa Kujoyama in Kyoto, a collaboration between visual artist Nawa Kohei and Damien Jalet. Recently he contributed to the creation of Skid with Göteborgs Operans Danskompani, a piece by Damien Jalet and visual artist Jim Hodges.

In addition to freelance touring throughout Europe, the United States and Japan, Aimilios was invited by Ceprodac Dance Company for an artistic residency in Mexico in August 2018. There, as a guest artist and choreographic assistant to Damien Jalet, he collaborated on Omphalos, a new work which premiered in Mexico City October 2018. Arapoglou has also collaborated on films with Damien Jalet, such as ferryman starring Gilles Delmas and Suspiria by Luca Guadagnino starring Tilda Swinton, Dakota Johnson, Mia Goth, Ingrid Caven with the soundtrack that was composed originally by Thom Yorke. In 2019 together with Damien Jalet he developed movement material and he also danced it in Anima, a 15-minute film directed by Paul Thomas Anderson with Radiohead singer Thom Yorke. Anima and Damien Jalet received the UKMVA award for the best choreography. The same year he was invited as a choreographic assistant and advisor of Damien Jalet to be part of the direction and the choreography of several sequences on the first theatrical tour of Madonna, Madame X, which premiered at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York City. In March 2020 he was invited to collaborate with Koki Nakano a Paris-based musician who frequently explores the relationship between music and movement in his work. The project is called Train-Train and it’s a music video presented on NOWNESS directed by Benjamin Seroussi and choreographed by Damien Jalet. Recently he was invited as an associate choreographer to create together with Damien Jalet, the visual artist JR and the Japanese pianist Koki Nakano, a new dance creation at the Paris Opera Garnier. The piece is called brise-lames and it was created for nine dancers.


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