Les Noces

Andonis Foniadakis

Les Noces of Stravinski is a very powerful musical score that its richness and complexity has fascinated me for the first time I have heard it. Both, the music and the original choreography by Nijinska have become masterpieces and have inspired me in their uniqueness. My version of Les Noces dives deep in the musical score in order to bring to the spectators the power, the magnitude and the complexity of its structure while remaining inspired, but not in a linear way, by the libretto. The mystery, the joy, the vivacity and the sorrow that comes along with the ceremony of a wedding are presented in episodes throughout the choreography. Les Noces has given me a joy of exploring the possibilities a big dance ensemble inspired by the idea of wedding feast where the ceremonial co exists with the freedom of pleasure and where tradition meets new ways of expression.”
Andonis Foniadakis

  • World premiere by: Ballet Company of Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentin, at Verdi Theater in Florence (Italy), September 27th 2012
  • Premiere by Compañía Nacional de Danza: at Teatros del Canal, Madrid (Spain), July 26th 2019

Andonis Foniadakis grew up in city of Ierapetra, in the south part of the island of Crete, in Greece. He began his dance training with Niki Papadaki at the local dance school, in his hometown. From 1990 to 1992, he studied at the State Dance School of Athens and before his graduation he received the prestigious Maria Callas scholarship to continue his studies in Rudra Bejart Lausanne, in Switzerland until 1994.
As a dancer Andonis has collaborated with: Bejart Ballet Lausanne (1994-1996) under the direction of Maurice Bejart, Lyon Opera Ballet (1996-2002) under the direction of Yorgos Loukos, Saburo Teshigawara / Karas Co. (2004) under the direction of Saburo Teshigawara, as well as, with his own dance company “Apotosoma-Andonis Foniadakis”.
During the years of his professional engagement with the above companies he has performed choreographic works of: Maguy Marin, Jiri Kilian, William Forsythe, Dominique Boivin, Nacho Duato, Mats Ek, Maurice Bejart, Ohad Naharin, Frederic Flamand, Bill T Jones, Herve Robbe, Tero Saarinen, Lionel Hoche, Joachim Schlomer, John Jasperse, Saburo Teshigawara etc.
As a freelance choreographer he has collaborated with: Royal New Zealand Ballet, Martha Graham Dance Company, Geneva Ballet, Lyon Opera Ballet, Ballet of Flanders, Rambert Dance Company, Bern Ballet, Sydney Dance Company, Ballet de Lorraine, Luzern Ballet, Gauthier Dance Company, Ballets Jazz de Montreal, Croatian National Theatre, Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, Ballet du Rhin, Florence Ballet, National Dance Company of Wales, Dansgroep Amsterdam, Cia Sociedade Masculina-Brazil, Bale da Cidade of Sao Paulo Brazil, Helsinki Dance Company Finland, National Ballet of Greece, National Theater of Northern Greece, Benjamin Millepied Dance Company USA, Washington Ballet, Bejart Ballet Lausanne, Ballet Junior Geneva, Hellenic Dance Company, CNSMD Lyon, Copenhagen International Dance Festival.
Foniadakis has been commissioned to choreograph for 3 operas: Theatre de Champs Elysees – Castor et Pollux, Opera National du Rhin – Les boreades by Rameau, GRAME Lyon – Il canto de la pelle by Claudio Ambrosini
He has collaborated as moving coordinator for the film NOAH by Darren Aronofsky. In 2012 he received the Danza and Danza Award for the “Best Choreographer 2012” in Italy, for the creation Les Noces in Maggio Danza- Florence Ballet. As well in 2017 he has collaborated as a curator with Palais de Tokyo and Pavillon Neuflize OBC in collaboration with Foundation Fluxun/Fluxum Laboratory for the project Prec(ar)ious Collectives. He has been artistic director of the Greek National Ballet for the season 2016-17. In addition to creating and performing, Andonis is teaching seminars based on his personal dance technique. He has been teaching in the State Dance School of Greece, DAN.C.CE studios and Baile de Barrio in Athens, DOCK11 in Berlin, CND and CNSMD in Lyon, Dansgroep Amsterdam, Henny Jurriens Studio Amsterdam, Kuopio Dance Festival. In 2003, Foniadakis created his own dance company Apotosoma-Andonis Foniadakis, in Lyon, France and since then, he has shown his work in France, Greece, Italy, Finland, Luxembourg, Germany, England, and USA.
Until today, he has presented six full evening works with his own company:
Sensitive Screens Skins Intervals, USE, Rite of Spring, All Things Are Quite Silent, Romeo and Juliet, Priority


  • Coreography:
    Andonis Foniadakis
  • Music:
    Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971)
  • Musical version:
    New London Chamber Choir & Ensemble, James Wood (director)
  • Costume Design :
    Anastasios Sofroniou
  • Lighting Design:
    Sakis Birbilis
  • Assistant to the choreographer:
    Pierre Magendie
  • Running time:
    30 minutes
  • Premiere cast CND:
    Sara Fernández, Alessandro Riga, Shani Peretz, Daan Vervoort, Elisabet Biosca, Helena Balla, Irene Ureña, Mar Aguiló, Sara Lorés, Haruhi Otani, Álvaro Madrigal, Toby William Mallitt, Shlomi Shlomo Miara, Anthony Pina, Cristian Lardiez, Erez Ilan, Iker Rodríguez, Ion Agirretxe, Niccolò Balossini, Yanier Gómez Noda, Miquel Lozano