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.