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Cover Up


A journey through evolving figurations.
Cover Up is set in the aesthetic landscape of the theater as a choreographed exchange of live images, creating a play on the mechanism of appearance production. Reflecting on what the nature of a surface might be, that which is appealing, that which is superficial, that
which is available to the eye, which might be catchy, tacky or cheesy – is put into play. The piece guides the viewer’s attention to that which may be just outside the spotlight and pauses there for a moment of thought.
In this work, the trio Ioannis Mandafounis, Fabrice Mazliah and May Zarhy treats the stage as a field of connotations suggesting the spectator’s attention to be a dynamic and visual engagement. The output modalities originating in redirection, frontality and filtering are understating constant scapegoating, bringing forward the question of transparency and
projection. That which is reflected can now become that which acts. A rhythm may turn into quality. Can we then be aware of the way we consume impressions? Can we distinguish the visual feeling from the physical image?

Conceived, staged,



Conceived and performed by:
Ioannis Mandafounis, Fabrice Mazliah, May Zarhy
Technical director: Pierre Willems
Production: Association Cie Projet 11

Künstlerhaus Mousonturm, Frankfurt
The Forsythe Company, Frankfurt
PACT Zollverein Essen
Onassis Cultural Center, Athens
Théâtre de l‘Usine, Genève
deSingel, Antwerp
Tanzlabor_21, Frankfurt
Ville de Genève
Loterie romande


2 - 5.3.2011 | Frankfurt LAB, Frankfurt, Germany

18 - 19.3.2011 | PACT Zollverein, Essen Germany
23 - 26.3.2011 | Onassis Cultural Center, Athens Greece
27 - 30.4.2011 | Théatre de L’Usine, Geneva Switzerland
16 - 17.9.2011 | deSingel International Arts Campus, Antwerp Belgium
9 - 11.2.2012 | Kampnagel, Hamburg Germany
23 - 24.2.2012 | Tanzplattform Germany 2012, Dresden Germany
6 - 7.10.2012 | Seoul Performing Arts Festival, Seoul Korea
6.2.2013 | Kaserne Basel, Swiss Dance Days, Basel Switzerland
12.3.2013 | Le Quartz, Brest France
17 - 18.5.2013 | Dampfzentrale, Bern Switzerland
31.8 - 1.9.2013 | Johannesburg South Africa

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