Cie Ioannis Mandafounis
The association Cie Projet 11 was created by Ioannis Mandafounis and Fabrice Mazliah in 2009. The Cie Projet 11 became Cie Ioannis Mandafounis in 2015.
The choreographers, convinced of what she could offer to the artistic collective, decided to bring May Zarhy into their research work and creative exploration. All three had met at the Forsythe company, thereby inheriting a specific taste for research. Through their work together, they developed a choreographic space, which questions the existing tension between the visual image and the physical feeling it produces in the viewer, or rather – between the physical image and the visual feeling.
The choreographers are always searching for new opportunities to acquaint spectators with dance. They cultivate “a way of seeing”, making the spectator responsible for his experience as a viewer and inviting him/her to invest in what they are seeing in order to live a real experience. This desire to involve the spectator, to invite them to push open the “doors to perception”, so to speak, is a constant in their performances.
Mandafounis, Mazliah and Zarhy then founded the art collective “Mamaza” and created several collective dance pieces such as – Z.E.R.O. (2009), Cover up (2011), The Nikel project – poems&songs (2012) – and choreographic installations : Asingeline (2012), Context without content (2012), Garden State (2014).
In 2012 the members of the mamaza collective decide to not make a new creation together. Ioannis Mandafounis then decides to open new perspectives. He resumed the management of Cie Projet 11 and renames the company after his name.
As an extension of his collaborations with the old members of the collective Mamaza, he has created Pausing (with May Zarhy, 2012) and Eifo Efi (with Fabrice Mazilah, 2013). Ioannis Mandafounis has also met new personalities with whom he has created Twisted Pair (with Nikos Dragonas, Olivia Ortega, and Katerina Skiada, 2013), ApersonA (with Elena Gionnatti and Nina Vallon, 2014), One One One (with Aoife McAtamney, 2015), and more to come.
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 – Pour-cent culture Migros.
The Cie Ioannis Mandafounis is co-produced by the program Prairie – Pour-cent culture Migros for 2015-2017 seasons.
In 2015, Ioannis Mandafounis received the Swiss Dance Awards in category Outstanding Male Dancer accolades.