With P.A.D. Fabrice Mazliah and Ioannis Mandafounis have created a most subtle choreographic study of the question of intimacy and the gaze of the other. Seated behind a railing on the four sides of the stage, the spectators look down on the performers, in an experiment on closeness that destabilises, unsettles and distorts the perception of bodies caught in an ambiguous relationship. What are we willing to give (or to show) of ourselves? And what is it we ask (to see) of the other? Where does one draw the line between individuals? Centring on the unstable distance and proximity between the dancers themselves, but also between them and the audience, this work invites us to question the gap between notions of perception, intention and interpretation.
(text by Veerle Vanderleen KFDA’09)
Conceived, staged & performed by: Ioannis Mandafounis, Fabrice Mazliah
Technical director & stage engineer: Max Schubert
Athens & Epidaurus Festival 2007 With the friendly support of the Goethe Institute Israel