The Nikel Project

Songs & Poems

by Mandafounis, Mazliah, Zarhy, Deutch, Staub

A collaboration with Ensemble Nikel

Composing actions, choreographing sounds, The Nikel project is a collaboration between two contemporary art ensembles: MAMAZA (a dance makers collective) and Ensemble Nikel (a contemporary music quartet). Both join in a creation of a third entity: one that never really reaches Dance, nor Music. A piece that moves the spectator – the listener – through different landscapes of experience, whose instrument is the space.

The focus of the shared work is the puzzle of the visible and the invisible, the meeting, transformation and clashing of that which is unseen, the score, and its manifestation on stage.

Charging one field influences and touches the other one – a heard image, a seen sound, or maybe overall simply something to feel.



Creation 2012

Conceived and staged by Ioannis Mandafounis, Fabrice Mazlih and May Zarhy
In collaboration with the ENSEMBLE NIKEL
Performed by Ioannis Mandafounis, Fabrice Mazliah, May Zarhy, Yaron Deutch, Reto Staub
Production management Johanna Milz

Production of MAMAZA

Coproduction of deSingel, Antwerp; Künstlerhaus Mousonturm, Frankfurt; The Forsythe Company, Frankfurt; Kampnagel, Hamburg; PACT Zollverein, Essen; Les Rencontres Chorégraphiques Internationales de Seine-Saint-Denis; Centre national de la danse Paris
Subventioned by Kulturstiftung des Bundes, Germany (Doppel Pass program)
With the friendly support of the Goethe Institute Israel 



- Technical Rider


The Nikel Project ON TOUR
14 Shows, 5 Theaters, 5 Cities, 3 Countries

28-29 September 2012, DeSingel International Arts Campus (Premiere), Antwerp, Belgium
15-17 February 2013, Künstlerhaus Mousonturm, Frankfurt, Germany
27-29 May 2013, Rencontres Chorégraphiques/CND, Paris, France
31 May-3 June 2013, Hellerau Festspielhaus, Dresden, Germany
13-14 December 2013, PACT Zollverein, Essen, Germany