Ioannis Mandafounis brings his bursting energy back to Danae Festival in a dance solo that will end his experience on stage. In his presentation we learn that dancers, at the end of their career, must face reality: their bodies, exhausted by the technical needs, must withstand their decline until the curtain drops for the last time. In Faded, the artist goes back to his first love, classical dance, and pays homage to it by performing a marathon of ten male soloes (“variations”). On stage with him an accomplice, the talented actress Antigone Frida, in a dialogue between music and dance. This act, so disarmingly simple, is the last bow on stage by the Greek-Swiss choreographer, and reveals the daily struggle hidden behind the art of dance.
by Ioannis Mandafounis with Ioannis Mandafounis, Natan Bouzy instrumentalist and performer Antigone Frida coaching Smaralia Karakosta dramaturgy by Eri Kyrgia lights David Kretonic management, production, communication Mélanie Fréguin produced by Cie Ioannis Mandafounis co-produced by Ville de Vernier – département culture et communication, Theater Freiburg, Onassis Cultural Cent-er Athens, Steps, Festival de Danse du Pour-cent culturel Migros with the support of Ville de Genève, Canton et République et Canton de Genève, Pro Helvetia fondation suisse pour la culture, Loterie romande residencies Duncan Dance Research Center (Athènes), Studio du Grütli / ADC (Genève) thanks to Ecole de danse de Genève – Patrice Delay and Sean Wood, Pauline Huguet
With the support of Istituto Svizzero
Duration: 45 minutes
Tickets: 16€ / 12€
Ioannis Mandafounis, Greek-born but living in Switzerland, outstanding dancer and choreographer, worked for the Göteborg Ballet and the Netherland Dans Theater, two of the biggest dance companies in Europe, before moving to Frankfurt where, from 2005 to 2009, he was part of The Forsythe Company. He presented numerous plays of his own in important theatres and festivals all over Europe: Montpellier Danse, Athens International Dance Festival, Kunstenfestivaldesart (Brussels), Rencontres Choregraphiques Internationales de Seine-Saint-Denis (Paris), Kalamata International Dance Festival, Tanz Piattaforma Essen, Künstlerhaus Mousonturm and Bockenheimer Depot (Frankfurt), Kunsthalle Baden-Baden, Schauspielehaus Dresden among others. He is currently a professor at P.A.R.T.S. in Brussels.