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In “Eifo Efi”, the performers offer their understanding of two persons, as more than what two people can be. The performers fill the performance space with versions or echoes of themselves. While only two bodies appear, reflective elements and diverting strategies enhance the visual to stimulate the sensorial, making the ‘just two’ reveal others’ presences.
The multiple is not automatically a multiplicity. Composition by addition, layering, or simple juxtaposition would not achieve a multiplicity. Nor could a coherent compositional whole suffice. This piece is a distinct alchemy of juxtaposition – an assembly of theatrical elements, multilayered movement, and spoken language that is unusually ripe or potent for differentiation. Emerging from a body of choreographic work that explores (among things) the perception of appearances and the production of visual paradox, “Eifo Efi” names the urge to speak specifically from within theatrical constructions and to find new modes of intertwining the experience of the audience with that of the performers. Returning to the format of a duet, Ioannis Mandafounis and Fabrice Mazliah use their close relationship as collaborators to produce a performative realm of doubled doubles: multiplying the perception of two bodies via dimensions of imagined reality and reflections in the actual material of the set. At once whole and multiple, the piece invites untangling the who and where of the spectacle. The Deleuzian movement of thought, as multiplicity, rendered unpretentious, fleshy, and even (gasp) entertaining!
Born in Athens in 1981, Ioannis Mandafounis studied dance at the National school of Athens and at the Conservatoire de Paris. Before becoming a freelance choreographer, he was part of the Gothenburg Opera Ballet, the Nederlands Dans Theater II and in 2005 became a member of the Forsythe Company where he’s still a guest on a regular basis. In 2004 he formed the “Lemurius company” together with Katerina Skiada and Anastasis Gouliaris in Athens with whom he created the pieces “Provalondas tin Skia” (2005), “Anthropines diastasis” (2007), “Crosstalk” (2009) and “Yperparagogi” (2011), that have been presented at the International Kalamata Dance Festival and in the Athens and Epidaurus Festival. Parallel to his work as a choreographer Ioannis teaches improvisation workshops from the point of view of the ancient martial art Budo, as well as making choreographic works for other companies and schools such as: Ballet Junior de Geneva, Palucca Schule Dresden, Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Frankfurt and others. Together with Fabrice Mazliah he co-created “P.A.D.” (2007), commissioned by the Athens and Epidaurus Festival, and the group work “HUE” created for the Forsythe Company, in collaboration with six artists from the group at the Bockenheimer depot in Frankfurt.
Born in Geneva in 1972, Fabrice Mazliah studied dance in his hometown at the Ecole de danse de Genève and then at the National Dance School of Athens and at the Rudra-Béjart Atelier in Lausanne. He was part of the Harris Mandafounis Dance Company in Athens and of the Nederlands Dans Theater, before joining in 1997 the Ballett Frankfurt directed by William Forsythe and continued in 2005 with the Forsythe Company. Fabrice has been creating throughout the years numerous projects and choreographic works, like: “The magic of understanding” (1998) Mousonturm Frankfurt, “My left pussy foot” (1999) TAT Ballett Frankfurt, the solo “Vu d’ici” (2000) TAT Frankfurt, “Marche au millieu…” (2001) le Manege d’Onex Geneva and “Home” (2003) at the Forum Meyrin Geneva, both created with Gilbert Mazliah and Roberta Mosca, “remote versions” (2003) and “Double B(l)ind (2004), conceived in collaboration with Agnes Chekroun and Jone San Martin, produced by William Forsythe and performed at the Bockenheimer Depot in Frankfurt. In collaboration with the director Lutz Gregor, the three of them created a choreographic short movie “meat me”, which was part of a film called “Frankfurt dance cuts” (screened on Arte in 2005). Together with Ioannis Mandafounis he co-created “P.A.D.” (2007), commissioned by the Athens and Epidaurus Festival, and the group work “HUE” created for the Forsythe Company, in collaboration with six artists from the group at the Bockenheimer depot in Frankfurt. Fabrice created a solo adaptation from this piece called “HUE score –6” (2010) presented in Japan by the Goethe Institut.
In 2009 he formed together with Fabrice Mazliah and May Zarhy the collaborative trio MAMAZA and created together “ZERO” (2009), “Cover Up” (2011) and “THE NIKEL PROJECT”, such as the social installations “ASINGELINE” and “GARDEN STATE” which have been shown and co-produced by numerous venues and festivals, such as the Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Künstlerhaus mousonturm Frankfurt, The Forsythe Company, Les Rencontres Chorégraphiques Internationales de Seine-Saint-Denis, PACT Zollverein Essen. With their social installations they’re on tour throughout the world.
Cast & Credits
Concept / Choreography / Dance: Ioannis Mandafounis, Fabrice Mazliah
Dramaturgical support: Liz Waterhouse, David Kern
Technical management: Harry Schulz
Production management: Johanna Milz
In co-production with: Künstlerhaus Mousonturm, The Forsythe Company, kunstenfestivaldesarts, PACT Zollverein Essen
Tanz im August 2014
Artistic director: Virve Sutinen
Production management: Sven Neumann, Andrea Niederbuchner
Supported by the Governing Mayor of Berlin – Senate Chancellery – Cultural Affairs.
Funded by the Capital Culture Fund and Stiftung Deutsche Klassenlotterie.
HAU Hebbel am Ufer (HAU1)
Tickets: +49 (0)30 259 004 27
The video documentation is produced on behalf of the Senate Department for Culture and Europe. The purpose of this contract is to document productions in the field of contemporary dance in Berlin. The master recordings are archived by the University Library of the Berlin University of Arts. Copies of the recordings on DVD are available for viewing exclusively in the reference collections of the following archives (at media desks in these institutions):
University Library of the Berlin University of Arts
Mediathek für Tanz und Theater des Internationalen Theaterinstituts / Mime Centrum Berlin
Inter-University Centre for Dance Berlin (HZT)