In the performance “Faded“, Ioannis Mandafounis has created a marathon evening consisting of a series of variations that he executes to the point of total exhaustion in tribute to the story decreed for dancers at the end of their career. Accompanied onstage by a ballet mistress, the choreographer revives his first love, taking his bow and bidding farewell to the stage as a dancer.
Faded is unequivocal, abounding with classic images and the comparisons possible therein. Each step, each intention, can be traced to its origin in the grand tradition of classical ballet.
Faded depicts the end of an artistic journey and the transition to a new phase of life. Ioannis Mandafounis candidly shares what happens behind the decor of an artistic life with his audience, the daily life of a dancer who has been brought to this precise moment.
Concept, interpretation Ioannis Mandafounis
Teacher, pianist Antigone Frida
Dramaturgy Eri Kyrgia
Coaching Smaralia Karakosta
Lights David Kretonic
Sound David Scrufari
Production management Mélanie Fréguin
Production Cie Ioannis Mandafounis
Co-production City of Vernier – communication department, Theater Freiburg, Onassis Cultural Center Athens, Migros Culture Percentage Dance Festival Steps
Supported by City of Geneva, State of Geneva, Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia
4-6 April 2019,Thhéâtre du Lignon (Premiere), Vernier, Switzerland
11-14 April 2019, Onassis Cultural Center, Athens, Greece
1 June 2019, Teater Freiburg, Freiburg, Germany
November 2019, DeSingel, Antwerp, Belgium