Cie Ioannis Mandafounis (GR/CH)

In the eyes of the audience, a dancer’s career may seem like a sprint but in fact it is a marathon of challenges. As his/her career wanes, every dancer has to face the obvious: the body, exhausted by the constant technical demands, has to resist decline until the final curtain call.

In Faded, Ioannis Mandafounis returns to his first love, ballet, paying it a final tribute by dancing some of its most challenging male solos (“variations”) one after the other. His accomplice on stage, talented actress Antigone Frida, accompanies him not only musically, but also emotionally, engaging with him/us in a dialogue rather danced than spoken about the flight of youth and the love of dance.

This piece, with its disarming simplicity, is the choreographer’s farewell to the stage. He takes us behind the scenes of what a dancer’s life is, revealing the everyday struggle hiding behind the seemingly painless art of dance.


Duration: 45 min.


A production by Cie Ioannis Mandafounis. In coproduction with City of Vernier – culture & communication department, Theater Freiburg, Onassis Cultural Center Athens, Migros Culture Percentage Dance Festival Steps. Supported by the City of Geneva, State of Geneva, Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia, Lottery romande. In residency at Duncan Dance Research Center (Athens), Studio Grütli / ADC (Geneva). Thanks to Ecole de danse de Genève – Patrice Delay and Sean Wood, Pauline Huguet.

Cie Ioannis Mandafounis benefits from a joint support from the City of Geneva, the Republic and Canton of Geneva and Pro Helvetia – Swiss Arts Council.

Concept and performance
Ioannis Mandafounis

Live music and performance
Antigone Frida

Smaralia Karakosta

Eri Kyrgia

David Kretonic

Production Management
Mélanie Fréguin

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.

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.

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.

Embracing every situation they encounter, acceptance and the sharing of simplicity is what counts in this performance full of humour and virtuosity.


Duration : 45 min.


A production by Cie Ioannis Mandafounis. In coproduction with ADC-Geneva, Tanzhaus-Zürich, Prairie – Migros Pour-cent Culturel, RESO-Fonds des programmateurs. Supported by Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia, SSA, Nestlé for Art foundation, Stanley Thomas Johnson foundation.

Cie Ioannis Mandafounis benefits from a joint support from the City of Geneva, the Republic and Canton of Geneva and Pro Helvetia – Swiss Arts Council.

Ioannis Mandafounis

Choreography and music
Ioannis Mandafounis and Manon Parent

David Kretonic

David Scrufari

Production Management
Mélanie Fréguin

Production assistant
Erin O'Reilly

NU offers the spectator to experience nudity in its simplest form, yet in an unusual, participatory way.

The dancer invites the spectator to take part in a ritual where both get undressed at the same time, thus sharing their nudity in the safety of an intimate space, where the spectator can witness the dancing body while experiencing his/her own nudity, dancing or not.

With NU, the choreographers wish to explore the question of nudity in order to challenge the pre-conceived ideas that come with it, just like naturalism or aestheticism, but also the issues we quickly associate to it: provocation, voyeurism and sexuality.

Here, nudity is not used to represent something else than what it is, or to convey a message. It simply allows the spectator to share some sensations and emotions with the dancer for the time of their non-sexual but intimate exchange.


A production by Cie Ioannis Mandafounis. In co-production with Performa festival and Prairie Migros Pour-cent Culturel. Supported by the City of Geneva, State of Geneva and Pro Helvetia – Swiss Arts Council. Partners: Tanzhaus Zürich and Micro-Utopian Practices.

Ioannis Mandafounis, Emilia Giudicelli

Ioannis Mandafounis, Manon Parent

Production management
Mélanie Fréguin

What can two chairs and two lines on the ground signify?
In One One One, the two chairs are provided for two viewers who are invited to experience something unique. At the other end of each line, there is a performer ready to dance for them. The artists invite those watching to make eye contact with them and, based on this interaction, translate their emotions into a form of dance, a „dancing envelope“, a kind of mirror. In doing so, they treat the spectators to a new dance experience which questions roles and boundaries and which, though public, remains utterly private.

One One One suggests a specific relation to the public, different from conventional theater performances. The choreographers take over the public space as a field for experimentation and non-representation. The performers engage physically and mentally destabilizing a certain idea of reality, which allows them to explore their limits or their relationship to transgression.

Bringing subversive humour and endlessly shape-shifting movement to the performance, the two performers weave an intricate fan of emotions and images and create magical moments of interaction with the audience.


Duration: 120 min.


A production by Cie Ioannis Mandafounis. In coproduction with Prairie – Migros Cultural Percentage, Tanzfest 2015. Supported by City of Geneva, State of Geneva, Swiss Art Council Pro Helvetia and Corodis – Lottery romande.

Ioannis Mandafounis

Choreography and Performance
Ioannis Mandafounis & Manon Parent / Anne-Charlotte Hubert / Emilia Giudicelli / Tilman O'Donnell

Production management
Mélanie Fréguin

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 as 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 whom 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 The Forsythe Company for Bockenheimer Depot Frankfurt 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. Through their collaboration they developed a choreographic space, questioning the tension that exists between visual image and the physical feeling it produces in a viewer, in other words – the tension between the physical image and the visual feeling. The choreographers constantly searched for new opportunities to acquaint spectators with dance, cultivating “a way of seeing” and inviting them to invest in what they are seeing in order to live a real experience. This desire to involve the spectator, to push open the “doors to perception”, so to speak, is a constant in their performances.

Together, they created Z.E.R.O. (2009), Cover Up (2011), Pausing and the dance group The Nikel Project– songs&poems (2012) – and choreographic installations : Asingeline (2012), Context without content (2012), Garden State (2014).

In 2012, the members of the Mamaza collective decided to discontinue their creations together and Ioannis looked to new horizons. He assumed the management of Cie Projet 11 and renamed the company after his name.

Ioannis 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), Soli (with Laurent Chétouane, Roberta Mosca and Mikael Marklund, 2015), Ossip Mandelstam. A performance (with Bruce Myers, Elena Giannotti and Roberta Mosca, 2016), NU (with Emilia Giudicelli, 2017), Sing the Positions (with Manon Parent, 2017), Make sure you have exhausted all that is communicated through stillness and silence (with Brice Catherin, 2017), It finishes when it finishes (with Corpus Ensemble, 2018), Faded (with Antigone Frida, 2019) and more to come.

In addition, Ioannis 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) and Fearful Symmetries for the Grand Théâtre de Genève (2019).

In 2015, Ioannis received the Swiss Dance Awards in the category „Outstanding Male Dancer“.


Sing The Positions


One One One