Ioannis Mandafounis (DE/GR) / Dresden Frankfurt Dance Company


03 Jul '24 to 04 Jul '24
Ioannis Mandafounis (DE/GR) / Dresden Frankfurt Dance Company

With a raw, unpolished virtuosity rarely seen in theatres, dancer Manon Parent makes every fibre in her body vibrate at every imaginable emotional frequency, powered by a piano piece by Maurice Ravel deemed 'unplayable' and a piece of music by Claude Debussy.

How intimate can you get? It is as if dancer Manon Parent has invited you to her home for SCARBO to give you a penetrating glimpse into her inner world. A world where sadness, anger, joy, helplessness and strength coexist, without filter or judgement.

Julidans On Stage

Dutch premier

Location Theater Bellevue
Venue Grote Zaal
Run time 50 minutes
Language Language no problem

shows that it is possible to face traumatic memories without succumbing to them. The title refers to a poem by the romantic prose poet Aloysius Bertrand, which tells of a personal tormentor who keeps the first-person narrator company on waking nights.

To melancholic piano melodies by French composers Ravel and Debussy, played by Italian pianist Gabriele Carcano in lively interaction with the dance, Parent confronts her inner demons. One moment, she seems happily absorbed in merging with the music, while the next moment, exhaustion forces her to the ground.
The internationally acclaimed solo is choreographed by Ioannis Mandafounis, the new artistic director of the Dresden Frankfurt Dance Company. The Athenian-born dancer, who danced with the William Forsythe Company from 2005 to 2009 and went on to have an internationally successful career as a choreographer, developed a widely admired method of combining personal spontaneity with technical dance virtuosity.

‘SCARBO allows its dancer to share it within the framework of an aesthetic experience with an audience who may not have expected such violent revelations but is touched and, in the end, reacts enthusiastically. - Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

About Ioannis Mandafounis

Ioannis Mandafounis was born in Athens and studied dance at the Paris Conservatory. He danced with Göteborgs Operans Danskompani, Nederlands Dans Theater II and The Forsythe Company. Over the course of his career, he was commissioned by several international companies, including the Lyon Opera Ballet, the Grand Théâtre de Genève and Corpus by the Royal Danish Ballet. In 2002 he received an award from the Greek Ministry of Culture and in 2015 he was awarded the Swiss Culture Prize in the category “Outstanding Male Dancer.” Based on the choreographic method he has developed, Mandafounis' work is characterized by a highly participatory approach and a constant search for innovative ways to involve the audience in his performances.


choreography Ioannis Mandafounis in collaboration with Manon Parent  
concept Ioannis Mandafounis  
dance Manon Parent  
music Maurice Ravel, Achille-Claude Debussy and Gavin Bryars 


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