Sunday 16 June

Teatro San Materno, Ascona
Free

Ioannis Mandafounis’ new creation is a site-specific performance inspired by the extraordinary Bauhaus architecture of the Teatro San Materno in Ascona. 

Due to its multipurpose use and the way it is situated in the landscape, the architectural structure of the theatre itself creates vastly different situations between intimacy and publicity. 
The audience is taken on a ride through the location from the quiet indoors to the loud and overexposed outdoors. Divided into smaller groups, the spectators consecutively experience the sequence of scenes each from their own starting point. 
In line with the heritage of the Teatro San Materno as a place of research and experimentation, the performance utilises Ioannis Mandafounis’ method of live-choreography which makes each show unique and unrepeatable.

choreography
Ioannis Mandafounis

dance
dancers of the Dresden Frankfurt Dance Company

production 
Dresden Frankfurt Dance Company

in co-production with
LAC Lugano Arte e Cultura

Greek by birth and Swiss by adoption, he studied dance at the Paris Conservatoire. He was a dancer with the GöteborgsOperan Ballet, Nederlands Dans Theater II and The Forsythe Company. He began working as a choreographer in 2004. Since 2009, he has been a member of the successful Frankfurt collective mamaza. At the same time, he led his own company in Switzerland and toured worldwide. He has received commissions from internationally renowned theatre and dance companies to create original works. In 2015, he received the Swiss Dance Awards in category Outstanding Male Dancer accolades. Since 2023 he has been the Artistic Director of the Dresden Frankfurt Dance Company

Backstage

Rehearsals images