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.
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.
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.