Eifo Efi

by Mandafounis & Mazliah

In Eifo Efi, the performers offer their understanding of two persons, as more than the sum of what two people can be. The performers fill the performance space with versions or echoes of themselves. While only two bodies appear, reflective elements and diverting strategies enhance the visual to stimulate the senses, making the ‘just two’ reveal other presences. The multiple is not automatically a multiplicity. Composition by addition, layering, or simple juxtaposition would not achieve a multiplicity. Nor would a coherent compositional whole suffice. This piece is a distinct alchemy of juxtaposition—an assembly of theatrical elements, multilayered movement, and spoken language that is unusually ripe and potent for differentiation.

Emerging from a body of choreographic work that explores (among other things) the perception of appearances and the production of visual paradox, Eifo Efi names the urge to speak specifically from within theatrical constructions and to find new modes of intertwining the experience of the audience with that of the performers.

Returning to the format of a duet, Ioannis Mandafounis and Fabrice Mazliah use their close relationship as collaborators to produce a performative realm of doubled doubles: multiplying the perception of two bodies via dimensions of imagined reality and reflections in the actual material of the set. At once whole and multiple, the piece invites untangling the who and where of the spectacle. The Deleuzian movement of thought, as multiplicity, rendered unpretentious, fleshy, and even (gasp) entertaining!

 

CREDITS

Creation 2013

Concept, choreography, dance Ioannis Mandafounis, Fabrice Mazliah
Dramaturgical support Liz Waterhouse, David Kern
Technical director Harry Schulz
Production management Johanna Milz

Production of MAMAZA

Coproduction of Künstlerhaus Mousonturm, The Forsythe Company, kunstenfestivaldesarts, PACT Zollverein Essen
Funded by the Fonds Doppelpass of the German Federal Cultural Foundation
With sincere thanks to Dorothee Merg

 

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Eifo Efi ON TOUR
49 Shows, 23 Theaters, 21 Cities, 10 Countries

18-21 September 2013, Kunstlerhaus Mousonturm (Premiere), Frankfurt, Germany
17-18 January 2014, Kunstlerhaus Mousonturm, Frankfurt, Germany
11 April 2014, PACT Zollverein, Essen, Germany
8-11 May 2014, Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Bruxelles, Belgium
7 June 2014, Kunstlerhaus Mousonturm, Frankfurt, Germany
12-15 June 2014 (Cancelled), Hellerau Festspielhaus, Dresden, Germany
1-2 July 2014, Athens Festival, Athens, Greece
5 July 2014, Olympos Festival, Athens, Greece
26-27 August 2014, TanzimAugust, Berlin, Germany
10-13 September 2014, Théâtre De La Ville, Paris, France
8 October 2014, PACT Zollverein, Essen, Germany
18-21 December 2014, Hellerau Festspielhaus, Dresden, Germany
19-20 February 2015, Gessnerallee, Swiss Dance Days, Zürich, Switzerland
11 April 2015, Festival À Corps, T.A.P, Poitiers, France
29-30 May 2015, Köln Schauspielhaus, Köln, Germany
16-17 July 2015, Zero Point Festival, Prague Czech Republic
21-22 August 2015, B. Motion Festival, Bassano Del Grappa, Italy
12-14 November 2015, Kampnagel, Hamburg, Germany
10-11 April 2016, Vaba Laba Theatre, Tallin, Estonia
6-7 May 2016, Phönix Theater, Steckborn, Switzerland
8 May 2016, E-Werk, Freiburg, Germany
20 August 2016, The Institute for Creative Arts, Cap Town, South Africa
24-25 August 2016, Festival Jomba!, Durban, South Africa
14-15 January 2017, Odyssey Theatre, Los Angeles, United-States
12 May 2018, Hiver de Danses, La nuit des Musées Neuchâtelois, Neuchâtel, Switzerland