by Mandafounis, Mazliah & Zarhy


Initially created and commissioned by de Singel theater in Antwerp Belgium, ASINGELINE, an enacted thought, opened the season of MAMAZA as associated artists in September 2011. In times where lines, especially red ones, are read as highly charged politically- lines meant to divide and separate, Asingeline is there to connect, almost literally, the public with its art / culture. It is a straight line drawn from one point at the city center all the way to a second point which is a central cultural building: a theater, a museum or other. Drawing a line between the daily urban space and the representative space of their art – the theater - their intention is to connect, almost literally, the public – society, and their art – choreography and performance.

The line is neither a performance, nor an installation, in its essence it is a thought put into action, driving MAMAZA and the local team who collaborates with them on the project, to cross the city through its public spaces – squares, streets, parks – and its private ones – domestic houses, shops, restaurants – in order to accomplish the drawing of the line. One can imagine the constant communication and negotiations with the local inhabitants (shop owners, landlords and so forth) in order to enter their spaces, put the red line on the floor, document it (through still images and video) and then take it off.

The line doesn’t remain there. It is ephemeral in character, it keeps on disappearing. Nevertheless, its presence is felt through the necessity of having to draw it throughout the city and the memory and thoughts it leaves in people’s mind.

Asingeline is about following a direction, heading towards a common aim and collaboratively joining forces to accomplish it. Its straightness is complex, although its apparent result should be a totally straight direct line, it forces the creative team to go through walls, fences, obstacles, discussions and interactions of all different kinds.



Creation 2011

Conceived & performed by Ioannis Mandafounis, Fabrice Mazliah, May Zarhy
Camera by Vincent Wilms, Andy Giebens, Rob Fordeyn, François d’Assise Ouédraogo,Humphrey Maleka, Jeremiah Ikongio, Claudio Artieda
Video editing by Claudio Artieda
Locals collaborators Paul Souleymane Kaboré, Charlemagne Kaboré, Roger Nikiéma, Abdoul Aziz Zoundi, Sello Pesa, Brian Mtembu, Jude Anogwyh, Adedayo Liadi, Omotayo Bello, Sunday Israel, Paul James, Anne-lise Tacheron

Production management Mélanie Fréguin

Production Cie Projet 11, DeSingel
Asingeline on tour in Israel & Italy is supported by Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia, Goethe Institute, Migros Culture Percentage, City of Geneva, Republic, State of Geneva.
Asingeline on tour in Maputo is part of the project developing by HAU Hebbel am Ufer, Germany



Asingeline ON TOUR
18 lines, 17 cities, 15 countries

January-June 2012, deSingel International Arts Campus (Premiere), Antwerp, Belgium
24-26 August 2013, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
27-30 August 2013, Johannesburg, South Africa
1-6 September 2013, Lagos, Nigeria
13 March-5 April 2014, Théâtre Sévelin 36, Lausanne, Switzerland
18-22 May 2014, Musrara festival, Jerusalem, Israel
22 may-9 September 2014, Petach Tikva museum of art, Petach Tikva, Israel
03-09 September 2014, Maputo, Mozambique
20-24 October 2014, 14th International Architecture Exhibition, Venice, Italy
5 february-14 March 2015, Goethe Institut, Johannesburg, South Africa
29-31 March 2015, The Technion Institute of Technology, Haïfa, Israel
28-30 August 2015, Künstlerhaus Mousonturm, Frankfurt, Germany
10-11 September 2015, Goethe Institut, Abidjan, Ivory Coast
17-18 September 2015, Goethe Institut, Kampala, Ouganda
26 September 2015, Goethe Institut, Nairobi, Kenya
9-10 April 2017, Dublin City LAB Gallery, Dublin, Ireland
1-5 July 2017, BE Festival, Birmingham, England
20-25 October 2017, Matadero, Madrid, Spain