MAMAZA was a structure in which choreographic work is explored, developed and produced through acts of creation and transmission.
The company was originally founded by Ioannis Mandafounis, Fabrice Mazliah and May Zarhy in 2009. By 2015, the company had been run by Fabrice Mazliah and May Zarhy and it has evolved into a dynamic structure in terms of the definition of roles and working relations between the involved partners, opening up into new collaborations and redefining the formulation of working conditions in each new project.
MAMAZA developed a choreographic space which questioned the existing tension between the visual image and the physical feeling it produces in the viewer, or rather between the physical image and the visual feeling. Collaboration was a central element of MAMAZA’s approach to creation, feeling that a sharing of voices is crucial to any form of creation - that it doesn't lead to an artistic compromise, but rather to a re-enforcement of the essential elements that the piece asks for. Each project demands re-configuring one’s role in relation to the others, the possible partners for the creation, as well as the type of project, the specific physicality and approach that the theme asks for.
As opposed to a typical company structure, MAMAZA asked to create a platform for creation in which consistencies of structure are challenged and style is put into question, while the work remains consistent and coherent. Their work, springs from a marriage between the dancer and the choreographer into one - an enhanced performer responsible to his/her performance. These choreographies propose a live exchange with the audience, where experience is at the core, involving the spectator to be an active responsible viewer, one that observes and questions simultaneously.