Mamaza,a choreographic collective comprised of contemporary dancers Ioannis Mandafounis and Fabrice Mazliah will be presenting their work ‘Efio Efi’ in Durban and Cape Town this August.
The collective, which was founded in 2009 with third member May Zarhy, describe themselves as “a choreographic structure in which choreographic work is explored, developed and produced through acts of creation and transmission.”
They will kick off their performance of ‘Efio Efi’ on 20 August at the Institute of Creative Arts (ICA) at the University of Cape Town, as part of the ICA’s ongoing Great Texts programming. The performance will then be followed by a conversation with Director of the ICA, Jay Pather.
They will then perform in Durban on 24 and 25 August, as part of the Jomba! Contemporary Dance Experience, at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.
Returning to the format of a duet, Ioannis Mandafounis and Fabrice Mazliah will use their close relationship as collaborators to produce a performative realm of doubled doubles.
They 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.
Concept / choreography / dance: Ioannis Mandafounis, Fabrice Mazliah
Dramaturgical support: Liz Waterhouse, David Kern Technical director: Harry Schulz
Production management: Johanna Milz
A co-production of: Künstlerhaus Mousonturm, The Forsythe Company, kunstenfestivaldesarts, PACT Zollverein Essen
Funded by: The Fonds Doppelpass of the German Federal Cultural Foundation.
Supported by: Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia.
Premiere: September 18th 2013 at Künstlerhaus Mousonturm, Frankfurt
With sincere thanks to Dorothee Merg