Cie Ioannis Mandafounis
Ioannis Mandafounis et Antigone Frida
Durée: 45

In the eyes of the audience a dancerʼs career may seem like a sprint, but in fact it is a marathon of challenges, beginning with an intense training from a very young age and coming to a close with the final bow. As his/her career wanes, every dancer is called upon to refute the obvious: the body, exhausted by the constant technical demands, has to resist decline and continue to shine until the triumphant exit. In “Faded”, classically trained dancer Ioannis Mandafounis returns to his first love, ballet, paying it a final tribute by dancing some of its most challenging male variations one after the other. His accomplice on stage, multi-talented actress Antigone Frida, accompanies him musically, playing the ballet scores on her flute, but also emotionally, engaging with him/us in a dialogue – rather danced than spoken - about the flight of youth but above all the love of dance. The piece, with its disarming, candid simplicity, far from the overblown sentimentality of the farewells of the “étoiles”, is infused with honesty as well as humor. With his last bow to the stage, Ioannis Mandafounis takes us behind the scenes of the sparkling ballet world, sharing with us the reality of his life as a dancer, thus offering a commentary on the superhuman struggle hiding behind the seemingly painless art of dance.

Cie Ioannis Mandafounis
Rue de la Navigation 13
1201 Genève


Mélanie Fréguin , Co-directrice

Cie Ioannis Mandafounis

City of Vernier - culture & communication department Theater Freiburg Onassis Cultural Center Athens Migros Culture Percentage Dance Festival Steps

Avec le soutien de
City of Geneva, State of Geneva, Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia, Lottery romande

Salle du Lignon, Vernier
Le 4 avril 2019

Ioannis Mandafounis et Antigone frida
Production management
Mélanie Fréguin

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