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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 13 April 2019
4 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 13 APRIL 2019 DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM Vallejo Gantner brings experience and excellence to Onassis Foundation in New York Meet the Melburnian that is at the helm of the great Greek institution FOTIS KAPETOPOULOS It's mid-February in Athens and cold and sunny and we sat on the balcony of an apartment sipping cloudy ouzo and eating salty olives. Vallejo Gantner and I did this almost every afternoon to celebrate another day's end of Athens Burns Bright; Creative Ecology Tour. "Mate, I signed the contract, it's real, it's happening," Gantner said breathing, out a big sigh of relief and another in immediate recognition of the real weight of it. "Here you are heading this arts tour and I get the gig," he laughed nervously. He had signed on as the new Artistic and Executive Director of the Onassis Foundation USA, New York. Gantner is the producer, former artistic associate of the Melbourne Festival and former director of Performance Space New York (PS122). He is insanely focused on being the best he can. I struggled to get out of bed while Gantner had already completed a run around the base of the Acropolis and set up meetings for after the tour, while completing projects in New York, Australia and who knows where else. He works like a Trojan. He scours every nook and cranny of the city for new performances, new dialogues, and new approaches. Our daily meetings, site visits and performances are not enough for him; he finds more. That's why he got the gig. Gantner walked into the offices of the Onassis Foundation in the Olympic Tower, a Vallejo Gantner peeks from the corridors of the Onassis Foundation in Athens. Vallejo Gantner brings his artistic vision to the Onassis Foundation.
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