Aris Biniaris is a director who lives and works in Athens. Biniaris began theatre training in 1999, incorporating contemporary performing techniques (stilts, fire juggling, street acting) in street shows until 2005.
In 2007, Biniaris acted in director Dimos Avdeliodi’s production of Alexander the Great and the Accursed Dragon in the leading role. During this time, Biniaris directed and acted in the performances: Sophocles’ Antigone (Chitirion Theatre, 2007, Theatro Neou Kosmou, 2007-228) and Euripides’ Bacchae (Bios 2010). In the latter, he focused on the musicality of the Ancient Greek language and exploited the interaction and its impact on the actor’s means of expression.
In 2011, Biniaris directed and acted in the production of Yannis Skarimbas’ Holy Goat, a narrative concert performed to the accompaniment of rock music. After the production's first successful presentation, he worked with an electrician crew as a hired hand, installing photovoltaic parks, immediately after which, he trained and got a job as a baker in a big bakery chain.
In 2014, while still working as a baker, Biniaris returned the Holy Goat production. The performance won a place in the Athens and Epidaurus Festival and then moved on to the Lefteris Voyatzis’ Theatre. At the same time, he prepared his next work, ’21, a pastiche of authentic texts from the 1821 Greek Revolution of Independence era, exploiting, yet again, the theatrical form of rock narrative concert. The production was presented in the Athens and Epidaurus Festival (2015), in Gazarte (2015-2016) and in the Poreia Theatre (2016). In 2016, in parallel with ’21, Biniaris quit his baking job and started working in food storage, where he shovelled legume blends and served customers at the charcuterie and cheese counter. During that year, he concluded his work in food storage and started teaching acting through singing in the Archi Drama School and the Quilombo venue.
In 2017, Biniaris directed and acted in Aeschylus’ The Persians, representing the Cyprus Theatre Organisation in the Athens Festival. The performance was presented at The Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus, The Odeon of Herodes Atticus and other ancient theatres around Greece. Additionally, Biniaris ran an intensive acting seminar for young actors, in the National Theatre of Northern Greece.