Mandafounis/ Mazliah/ Zarhy / ONASSIS CULTURAL CENTRE

Mandafounis/ Mazliah/ Zarhy

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23 - 26 March 2011
Upper Stage
50 min. (approx.)
With shared experiences from Forsythe’s company, Mazliah, Mandafounis and Zarhy approach the creative process with a view relating to the role of the performer in contemporary choreography.
22 € | Concs 12 €
Ioannis Mandafounis, Fabrice Mazliah and May Zarhy are more than collaborators. With different starting points but shared influences dating from their time in William Forsythe’s extraordinary dance company, they share a passion for dance and have embraced the challenge of collaborating creatively on stage for a second time (their first co-creation was Zero). Forever testing the limits of contemporary dance, the three focus on the meaning and essence of their art. For them, creativity and research are a singular experience: their work never lacks firm conceptual foundations—though, in their case, this does not mean their dance is stripped of emotion. “Dance is feelings, but words are important, too. You work with feelings, but you have to communicate”. Following on from their previous work, they attempt once again to alter the perceived image of the body by having the audience re-examine their assumptions. This time, in a dialogue with their stage objects, they perceive the body as a field for playful experimentation, a white surface onto which to project the most disparate ideas and images. The dancers test and are put to the test under conditions which are constantly subverted as they strive to define absence, guise and the duality of human nature. As the game plays out and the boundaries are deliberately blurred between appearance and being, the audience can no longer distinguish characters on stage, only bodies striving to chime with chaos.

What is there left to experience from this inability to exchange, this anti-position? The trio approaches the creative process with a view to posing questions relating to the role of the performer in contemporary choreography and to redefining the concept of the spectacle.


Conceived, staged & performed by:
Ioannis Mandafounis, Fabrice Mazliah, May Zarhy
Technical director: Pierre Willems

Production: Association Cie Projet 11
Production Management: Melanie Zimmermann
Administration: Sandrine Jeannet

Künstlerhaus Mousonturm, Frankfurt
The Forsythe Company, Frankfurt
PACT Zollverein, Essen
Στέγη Γραμμάτων & Τεχνών, Αθήνα
Théâtre de l’Usine, Geneve
deSingel, Antwerp
Tanzlabor_21, Frankfurt

Premiere: 2/3/2011, Frankfurt LAB, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
18-19 March: PACT Zollverein, Essen, Germany
27-30 April: Théâtre de L’Usine, Geneva, Switzerland


27 Mar 2011

11:00 Dance Room
20 €


From visual image to physical feeling / from physical image to visual feeling

24 Mar 2011

22:30 Upper Stage


After-performance talk with Mandafounis/ Mazliah/ Zarhy


18 - 20 Dec 2010

21:00 Upper Stage
22 € | Concs 12 €


YELP Dance Company Lebenswelt

11 - 12 Dec 2010

17:00 Main Stage
Free admission | Coupon required for the entrance


Inauguration of the Onassis Cultural Centre Open to the public