With Sing the Positions Ioannis Mandafounis and Manon Parent offer a unique fusion of a dance piece and a concert in the purest and simplest form. Utilizing the tools that they have accumulated over the years as improvisers, movers, and musicians, they imbue the stage with their greatest dancing abilities, combined with songs and sonic textures created live onstage to fit each new scenario that arises within the show.
Traveling through diverse sonic landscapes from classical opera to experimental music, they play like children for their own pleasure and that of the audience. Their mantra, “The ocean: I’m coming” carries them through the piece. Their sole intention while dancing is to go forward, keeping in mind that it might be the last time they are on stage.
Embracing every situation they encounter, acceptance and the sharing of simplicity is what counts.
“Sing the Positions” is a veritable “show” in every sense of the term. The artists merge with one another and their surroundings, blending contradictory musical elements and emotions, moving beyond meaning, concepts and structures.
concept Ioannis Mandafounis choreography and music Ioannis Mandafounis, Manon Parent light David Kretonic sound David Scrufari production management Mélanie Fréguin production assistant Erin O’Reilly production Cie Ioannis Mandafounis coproduction ADC-Geneva, Tanzhaus-Zürich, RESO-Fonds des programmateurs, Prairie-Migros Cultural Percentage with the support of Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia, SSA, Nestlé for Art foundation, Stanley Thomas Johnson foundation, Corodis, Lottery romand
duration 45 – 60 minutes
Before becoming a freelance choreographer, Ioannis Mandafounis was part of the Gothenburg Opera Ballet, Nederlands Dans Theater II and was a member of the Forsythe Company from 2005 to 2009. He has been creating dance pieces since 2004 which were shown and co-produced by numerous venues and festivals all around the world.
In 2009, the art collective « Mamaza » with Fabrice Mazliah and May Zarhy was born from their collaboration. Together, they created Z.E.R.O. (2009), Cover Up (2011), Pausing and The Nikel Project- songs&poems (2012), Eifo Efi (2013).
During the same period Ioannis multiplied his collaborations with chosen choreographers such as Ouïe-Voir (2009), Twisted Pair (2013), ApersonA (2014), One One One, Soli, (2015), Ossip Mandelstam. A performance (2016), NU ( 2017), Sing the Positions (2017), Make sure you have exhausted all that is communicated through stillness and silence (2018), as well as It finishes when it finishes (2018).
In addition, he receives commissions from international theaters and companies to create original works In-Formation (2011) and Howl (2012) for the Ballet Junior de Genève, Viel|leicht for the Theater Junge Generation in Dresden (2016), HA for La Manufacture in Lausanne (2017), MayaBuff – a delirium from Mayakovsky for the National Theater of Greece in Athens (2018),
In 2015, Ioannis received the Swiss Dance Awards in category Outstanding Male Dancer accolades.