FRI 10th NOV 7pm – DiDstudio and SAT 11th NOV 11:30pm – Piazza Sempione

Ioannis Mandafounis [CH]



Thanks to the collaboration with DiDStudio, the Greek-Swiss choreographer Ioannis Mandafounis is back to Milan. After working for the Göteborg Ballet and the Nederlands Dans Theater, two of the greatest dance companies in Europe, he joined the Forsythe Dance Company and, after collaborating with it for a few years, left it to keep on producing his own projects, featured in the most important European theatres and festivals, such as Kunstenfestivaldesarts and Rencontres Choreographiques. In One One One, the performer’s dance on stage addresses directly the audience, searching for a dialogue and an emotional relationship with the viewers that break the classic rules of theatrical practice and take them to a more real and interpersonal dimension.


Friday 10th November

during the same night:

8:30 pm VOCAZIONE ALL’ASIMMETRIA  Francesca Foscarini [IT] – DiDstudio

9:30 pm WHAT HAPPENED IN TORINO Andrea Costanzo Martini [IT] – DiDstudio


concept Ioannis Mandafounis choreography Ioannis Mandafounis and Tilman O’Donnell production management Mélanie Fréguin

produced by Cie Ioannis Mandafounis, co-produced by  Migros Cultural Percentage, Tanzfest 2015, with the support of State of Geneva, Corodis foundation, Lottery romande diti

duration: 70 minutes (variable)


Ioannis Mandafounis 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 he became a member of the Forsythe Company from 2005 to 2009. Parallely, he formed the “Lemurius company” and created several pieces such Provalondas tin Skia (2005), Anthropines Diastasis (2007), Crosstalk (2009) and Yperparagogi (2011). In 2007 he created a new version of L’Après-midi d’un Faune for the Greek national Opera.

In 2007, he started his collaboration with Fabrice Mazliah with who he co-created P.A.D. which was produced by the Festival of Dance of Athens and, among others, presented in the Days of Swiss Contemporary Dance (2011). They also created HUE, produced by Forsythe Company for Bockenhimer Depot and Eifo Efi in 2013. In 2009, the «Cie Projet 11» was born from their collaboration as well as the art collective Mamaza with May Zarhy. Together, they created Z.E.R.O. (2009), Cover Up (2011), Pausing and the dance group The Nikel Projectsongs& poems (2012) as well as the several installations like Asingeline, Context without Content and Garden State which have been shown and co-produced by numerous venues and festivals, At the same time Ioannis multiplies the collaborations with invited choreographers such Ouïe-Voir with Olivia Ortega (2009), Twisted Pair with Nikos Dradonas, Katerina Skiada and Olivia Ortega (2013), ApersonA with Elena Giannotti (2014), One One One with Aoife McAtamney as well as 3 Soli Abend, a collaboration with Laurent Chétouane and Roberta Mosca in 2015.

Ioannis Mandafounis also teaches improvisation workshops and Ballet from the point of view of the ancient martial art Budo, as well as making choreographic works for other companies and schools like: Ballet Junior Geneva, P.A.R.T.S. Bruxelles, Palucca Schule Dresden, Greek National Opera, K3 Kampnagel Hamburg, Tanzlabor 21 Frankfurt and others.

In 2011-2012, the members of the Cie Projet 11 were named associated artists of the deSingel theater in Antwerp (Belgium). In 2012, Ioannis Mandafounis was supported by RESO Swiss as well as the Module Dance Program for Dance from the European Union with the project Pausing, which was commissioned by the Théâtre de l’Usine in Geneva and currently tours around Switzerland and Europe. In 2012-2014, the members of the collective mamaza were also supported by the Bundes Kultur Schtiftung (Germany) under the frame of the Doppel Pass Program and were named resident artist at Mousonturm Kunstlerhaus Frankfurt.

The dance pieces Twisted Pair (2013) and ApersonA (2014) were co-produced by the program Prairie – Pourcent culture Migros. The cie ioannis mandafounis is co-produced by the program Prairie – Pour-cent culture Migros for 2015-2017 seasons.

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