Asingeline A red line right through the city center

Asingeline“ von Mamaza
Asingeline“ von Mamaza | Photo: © Mamaza / Goethe-Institut Lagos

Asingeline is exactly what the name suggests: a single line – across busy roads, construction sites and supermarkets. Dancers Ionnis Mandafounis, Fabrice Mazliah and May Zarhy of Mamaza interact with passers-by while exploring the notion of dance spaces.

What is the concept behind Asingeline? The three dancers refer to their installation as an enacted thought. Mamaza explore the notion of dance performances in conventional spaces versus in public urban spaces. As intended, the red line draws attention in Newtown. During the drawing process, Mamaza interact with passers-by, encouraging them to question the role of dance and dance spaces in the city. Asingeline proves that a line can not only separate, but also unite people, spaces and ideas.

See how passers-by respond to the red line in Newtown, Johannesburg

  • MAMAZA: Asingeline in Newtown, Johannesburg Foto: © Goethe-Institut, Masimba Sasa
    MAMAZA: Asingeline in Newtown, Johannesburg
  • MAMAZA: Asingeline in Newtown, Johannesburg Foto: © Goethe-Institut, Masimba Sasa
    MAMAZA: Asingeline in Newtown, Johannesburg
  • MAMAZA: Asingeline in Newtown, Johannesburg Foto: © Goethe-Institut, Masimba Sasa
    MAMAZA: Asingeline in Newtown, Johannesburg
  • MAMAZA: Asingeline in Newtown, Johannesburg Foto: © Goethe-Institut, Masimba Sasa
    MAMAZA: Asingeline in Newtown, Johannesburg
  • MAMAZA: Asingeline in Newtown, Johannesburg Foto: © Goethe-Institut, Masimba Sasa
    MAMAZA: Asingeline in Newtown, Johannesburg
  • MAMAZA: Asingeline in Newtown, Johannesburg Foto: © Goethe-Institut, Masimba Sasa
    MAMAZA: Asingeline in Newtown, Johannesburg
  • MAMAZA: Asingeline in Newtown, Johannesburg Foto: © Goethe-Institut, Masimba Sasa
    MAMAZA: Asingeline in Newtown, Johannesburg
  • MAMAZA: Asingeline in Newtown, Johannesburg Foto: © Mamaza, Fabrice Mazliah
    MAMAZA: Asingeline in Newtown, Johannesburg
  • MAMAZA: Asingeline in Newtown, Johannesburg Foto: © Goethe-Institut, Masimba Sasa
    MAMAZA: Asingeline in Newtown, Johannesburg
  • MAMAZA: Asingeline in Newtown, Johannesburg Foto: © Goethe-Institut, Masimba Sasa
    MAMAZA: Asingeline in Newtown, Johannesburg
  • MAMAZA: Asingeline in Newtown, Johannesburg Foto: © Mamaza, Fabrice Mazliah
    MAMAZA: Asingeline in Newtown, Johannesburg
  • MAMAZA: Asingeline in Newtown, Johannesburg Foto: © Goethe-Institut, Masimba Sasa
    MAMAZA: Asingeline in Newtown, Johannesburg
  • MAMAZA: Asingeline in Newtown, Johannesburg Foto: © Mamaza, Fabrice Mazliah
    MAMAZA: Asingeline in Newtown, Johannesburg

In Johannesburg, Mamaza present Asingeline on 31.08. and 01.09.2013 as part of the Dance Umbrella festival programme. The single line runs through other African cities as well: On 24.08.2013 in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, and on 05.09.2013 in Lagos, Nigeria. Asingeline was originally presented in Antwerp, Belgium.

See Asingeline in Ouagadougou

  • MAMAZA: Asingeline in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso Foto: © Goethe-Institut
    MAMAZA: Asingeline in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
  • MAMAZA: Asingeline in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso Foto: © Goethe-Institut
    MAMAZA: Asingeline in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
  • MAMAZA: Asingeline in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso Foto: © Goethe-Institut
    MAMAZA: Asingeline in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
  • MAMAZA: Asingeline in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso Foto: © Goethe-Institut
    MAMAZA: Asingeline in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
  • MAMAZA: Asingeline in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso Foto: © Goethe-Institut
    MAMAZA: Asingeline in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
 

See Asingeline in Lagos

  • MAMAZA: Asingeline in Lagos, Nigeria Foto: © Goethe-Institut
    MAMAZA: Asingeline in Lagos, Nigeria
  • MAMAZA: Asingeline in Lagos, Nigeria Foto: © Goethe-Institut
    MAMAZA: Asingeline in Lagos, Nigeria
  • MAMAZA: Asingeline in Lagos, Nigeria Foto: © Goethe-Institut
    MAMAZA: Asingeline in Lagos, Nigeria
  • MAMAZA: Asingeline in Lagos, Nigeria Foto: © Goethe-Institut
    MAMAZA: Asingeline in Lagos, Nigeria
  • MAMAZA: Asingeline in Lagos, Nigeria Foto: © Goethe-Institut
    MAMAZA: Asingeline in Lagos, Nigeria
  • MAMAZA: Asingeline in Lagos, Nigeria Foto: © Goethe-Institut
    MAMAZA: Asingeline in Lagos, Nigeria
  • MAMAZA: Asingeline in Lagos, Nigeria Foto: © Goethe-Institut
    MAMAZA: Asingeline in Lagos, Nigeria
  • MAMAZA: Asingeline in Lagos, Nigeria Foto: © Goethe-Institut
    MAMAZA: Asingeline in Lagos, Nigeria
  • MAMAZA: Asingeline in Lagos, Nigeria Foto: © Goethe-Institut
    MAMAZA: Asingeline in Lagos, Nigeria
  • MAMAZA: Asingeline in Lagos, Nigeria Foto: © Goethe-Institut
    MAMAZA: Asingeline in Lagos, Nigeria
  • MAMAZA: Asingeline in Lagos, Nigeria Foto: © Goethe-Institut
    MAMAZA: Asingeline in Lagos, Nigeria
  • MAMAZA: Asingeline in Lagos, Nigeria Foto: © Goethe-Institut
    MAMAZA: Asingeline in Lagos, Nigeria

Also as part of the Dance Umbrella festival in Johannesburg, Mamaza perform the piece Cover Up on 31.08. and 01.09.2013.
 
Mamaza are:

Born in Athens in 1981, Ioannis Mandafounis studied Dance at the National School of Athens and at the Conservatoire de Paris. Before becoming a freelance choreographer, he was part of the Gothenburg Opera Ballet, the Nederlands Dans Theater II and in 2005 became member of The Forsythe Company where he still is a guest on a regular base. In 2004 he formed Lemurius Company in Athens. Ioannis Mandafounis teaches improvisation from the point of view of the traditional Japanese martial art of Budo and works as a choreographer for other companies.

After his studies in Geneva, Athens and Lausanne, Fabrice Mazliah, born in 1972, was part of the Nederlands Dans Theater and the Ballet Frankfurt. He his currently a member of the Forsythe Company. In parallel and within the Forsythe structure he produces several works and collaborations, pieces like “remote versions” or “Double B(l)ind”.

Born in Israel in 1984, May Zarhy created her first piece for the National Choreography Biennale Shades in Dance 2001 Tel Aviv, before moving to the Netherlands in 2002 to study Dance at the Rotterdam Dance Academy. In 2005, she assisted William Forsythe in the creation “Three Atmospheric Studies”. May Zarhy was a member in e.x.e.r.ce 07 in Montpellier, directed by Mathilde Monnier and Xavier Le Roy. She teaches theory seminars and contemporary dance in Tel Aviv and elsewhere.