by Mandafounis, Mazliah & Zarhy

If you try to put aside the wish to understand what you see,
what is left to watch? What could the feeling be then?
The starting point for Z.E.R.O. is the body as tabula rasa:
a body lacking memory, which performs each movement
as if for the first time; a tool with neither purpose nor function.

Z.E.R.O. presents itself as a sequence of confusing and fragmented scenes against an ambiguous background of recognizable sounds, some pre-recorded, some live. What you hear is not always what you see. Nor do the bodies react as expected. They are thrown back into an isolated present, delivered up to constant interaction. The anticipated fluidity of movement is questioned. Gestures are deconstructed, disrupted, dislocated. But if “you are what you do”, then what identity is left for a body which has erased its past? Z.E.R.O. explores the relationship between memory and the body, its bearings and reflexes, with remarkable physical intelligence.

(text by Jasper Nijsmans KFDA’10).


Creation 2009

Conceived, staged & performed by Ioannis Mandafounis, Fabrice Mazliah, May Zarhy
Sound by Johannes Helberger

Production Cie Projet 11

Coproduction Künstlerhaus Mousonturm, Frankfurt; Festival Automne en Normandie, Rouen; Rencontres Chorégraphiques Internationales de Seine-Saint-Denis; Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Brussels; PACT Zollverein, Essen
Supported by The Forsythe Company, Frankfurt
Subventioned by City of Geneva, Lottery romande



- Technical Rider


27 shows, 9 theaters, 8 cities, 5 countries

21-22 november 2009, Festival Automne en Normandie, Rouen, France,
28 may 2009, Théâtre ADC, Geneva, Switzerland
3-4 july 2009, Hellenic Athens Festival, Athens, Greece,
10-12 december 2009, Kunstlerhaus Mousonturm, Frankfurt, Germany
23-25 april 2010, PACT Zollverein, Essen, Germany
8-12 may 2010, Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Brussels, Belgium
25-27 may 2010, Rencontres Chorégraphiques Internationales de Seine-Saint-Denis, Paris, France
28-29 may 2010, Théâtre ADC Festival EXTRA-10, Geneva, Switzerland
3-4 july 2010, Athens and Epidaurus Festival, Athens, Greece
2-3 march 2012, deSingel International Arts Campus, Antwerp, Belgium
4-5 may 2013, Kunstlerhaus Mousonturm, Frankfurt, Germany