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.
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