MAMAZA

May Zahry, Fabrice Mazliah, Ioannis Mandafounis  © Dominik Mentzos
'TELLING STORIES', © Fabrice Mazliah
'TELLING STORIES', © Fabrice Mazliah


Fabrice Mazliah studied in his birthplace Geneva as well as in Athens and Lausanne before becoming a member of the Nederlands Dans Theater. Later he joined the Frankfurt Ballet and The Forsythe Company, for which he created numerous works. May Zarhy created her first pieces in her birthplace Tel Aviv, before studying at the Rotterdamse Dansacademie. She was an assistant to William Forsythe and participated in the project e.x.e.r.ce 07, led by Mathilde Monnier and Xavier Le Roy. As a choreographer and performer she creates her own pieces in Germany and Israel. As the collective MAMAZA, Zarhy and Mazliah were artistes associés at deSingel in 2011, and worked in association with the Künstlerhaus Mousonturm under the Doppelpass programme of the German Federal Cultural Foundation. MAMAZA tours internationally with various shows and installations and gives workshops on choreography, improvisation and research.

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May Zahry, Fabrice Mazliah, Ioannis Mandafounis  © Dominik MentzosIoannis Mandafounis, Fabrice Mazliah and May Zarhy met in 2005 in Frankfurt am Main through their mutual connections to the Forsythe Company. From the beginning, MAMAZA, as they soon called themselves, conceived of their collective as an open platform. For this reason, they work in various different constellations and formats, ranging from choreographies for themselves and others to performative installations. MAMAZA experiment with upsetting conventional expectations of what bodies on stage should do.

Playing with the audience's point of view – as well as their own artistic practice – is their key tool, which they apply in a range of artistic contexts; most recently, in choreographies by Fabrice Mazliah for former members of the Forsythe Company and the Michael Douglas Kollektiv, Ioannis Mandafounis' collaboration with Laurent Chétouane and May Zarhy's cooperation with Israeli musician Michael Oppenheim for the Tel Aviv Museum.
Thus the common element of the collective's work lies primarily in the radical openness with which they all connect actors, audience, language, sound and movement by ever new, fluid links. Perfection is not the point but the confounding of familiar aesthetic concepts. Confounding in a way, however, that is never self-satisfying but sows the seed for new dramatic forms of expression to emerge.
Christian Koch

Productions since 2014

May Zahry, Fabrice Mazliah, Ioannis Mandafounis  © Dominik MentzosGarden State (2014)

In Act and Thought (2015)

Telling Stories , Fabrice Mazliah & The Forsythe Company(2015)
Fabrice Mazliah / MAMAZA & MichaelDouglas Kollektiv

New Creation (title tba) (2016) creation for La Manufacture

New Creation (title tba) (2016) creation for P.A.R.T.S.