Cover Up

by Mandafounis, Mazliah & Zarhy

The goat that departs…
A journey through evolving figurations

Cover Up is set in the aesthetic landscape of the theater as a choreographed exchange of live images, creating a play on the mechanism of producing appearances. Reflecting on what the nature of a surface might be, that which is appealing, that which is superficial, that which is available to the eye, which might be catchy, tacky or cheesy – is put into play. The piece guides the viewer’s attention to that which may be just outside the spotlight and pauses there for a moment of thought.

In this work, the trio mandafounis / mazliah / zarhy treats the stage as a field of connotations suggesting the spectator’s attention to be a dynamic and visual engagement.
The output modalities originating in redirection, frontality and filtering are understating constant scapegoating, bringing forward the question of transparency and projection.
That which is reflected can now become that which acts.
A rhythm may turn into quality.
Can we then be aware of the way we consume impressions?
Can we distinguish the visual feeling from the physical image?


Creation 2011

Conceived, staged & performed by Ioannis Mandafounis, Fabrice Mazliah, May Zarhy
Technical director Pierre Willems
Production management Mélanie Fréguin

Production Cie Projet 11

Coproduction of Künstlerhaus Mousonturm, Frankfurt; The Forsythe Company, Frankfurt; PACT Zollverein Essen;
Onassis Cultural Center, Athens; Théâtre de l‘Usine, Geneva; deSingel, Antwerp; Tanzlabor_21, Frankfurt
With the support of City of Geneva, Lottery romande



- Technical Rider


Cover Up ON TOUR
30 shows, 13 theaters, 12 cities, 7 countries

2-5 march 2011, Frankfurt LAB (premiere), Frankfurt, Germany
18-19 march 2011, PACT Zollverein, Essen, Germany
23-26 march 2011, Onassis Cultural Center, Athens, Greece
27-30 april 2011, Théatre de L’Usine, Geneva, Switzerland
16-17 september 2011, deSingel International Arts Campus, Antwerp, Belgium
9-11 february 2012, Kampnagel, Hamburg, Germany
23-24 february 2012, Tanzplattform Germany 2012, Dresden, Germany
6-7 october 2012, Seoul Performing Arts Festival, Seoul, Korea
6 february 2013, Kaserne Basel, Swiss Dance Days, Basel, Switzerland
12 march 2013, Le Quartz Brest, Brest, France
17-18 may 2013, Dampfzentrale, Bern, Switzerland
31 august-1 september 2013, Joburg theater, Johannesburg, South Africa
5 july 2014, Olymp Festival, Athens, Greece