by Mandafounis, Giannotti & Vallon

Ioannis Mandafounis takes inspiration from “recitative,” generally meaning the part of an instrumental work that is descriptive or dramatic; in dramatic music the singing is intoned freely, and the melody and the rhythm follow the natural inflections of the spoken phrase. Transposed to the field of dance, the recitative constitutes the frame of ApersonA as an underlying principle. Here, movement punctuates musicality.

Born from this intention is the idea to create a dialogue between body, voice, story-telling, and the role of the visual. Ioannis Mandafounis questions himself on how to communicate emotions to the public in the most direct way possible. Accompanied by Elena Giannotti, herself an exceptional dancer in improvisation who performed with Rosemary Butcher for ten years, they form an immensely expressive duo together. With a lively range, their faces and their gestures make us travel through varied emotional spheres, from one scene or sketch to another. The complicity of their danced game as much as their respective awareness, promises beautiful encounters in plurality.



Creation 2014

Concept Ioannis Mandafounis
Choreography Ioannis Mandafounis, Elena Giannotti, Nina Vallon
dance Ioannis Mandafounis, Elena Giannotti
Dramaturgical support Myriam Kridi
Lights David Kretonic
Costumes Marion Schmid
Production management Mélanie Fréguin

Production Cie Projet 11

Coproduction Association pour la danse contemporaine ADC – Geneva, Theater Südpol – Luzern, Theatre DeSingel – Antwerp, Prairie – Migros Cultural Percentage
Supported by City of Geneva, State of Geneva, City of Vernier, Lottery romande, Nestlé for Art foundation, Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia, Corodis foundation
Residency Cie Neopost Foofwa, studio44/Cie Gilles Jobin, Cie Greffe, ADC



- Technical Rider


ApersonA ON TOUR
27Shows, 19 Theaters, 19 Cities, 7 Countries

26-30 November 2014, Théâtre ADC (Premiere), Geneva, Switzerland
24 April 2015, DeSingel, Festival Bouge B., Antwerp, Belgium
29-30 Avril 2015, Duncan Dance Center, Athens, Greece
3 May 2015, Municipal Theater, Patras, Greece
29 July 2015, Santorini Art Factory, Santorini, Greece
22 October 2015, Teatro Café Muller, Buenos Aires, Argentina
24 October 2015, Bienal Internacional De Dança Do Ceará, Fortaleza, Brazil
25 October 2015, Bienal Internacional De Dança Do Ceará, Sobral, Brazil
31 October 2015, Festival Cena CumpliCidades, Recife, Brazil
6 November 2015, Festival DNA – RomaEuropa, Rome, Italy
18-19 November 2015, Südpol – Musik Tanz Theater, Luzern, Switzerland
31 January 2016, FRAC Champagne Ardenne, Reims, France
15 July 2016, Piedicavallo festival, Piedicavallo, Italy
21 July 2016, Akropoditis Art Center, Siros, Greece
22-23 November 2016, CCS, Paris, France
30 March 2017, Motum Dance Festival, Thessaloniki, Greece
1-2 April 2017, NAO Project - DIDstudio, Milano, Italy
13 May 2017, Racconti di Altre Danze, Livorno, Italy
22 November 2017, Winterthur Tanz Festival, Winterthur, Switzerland