À la carte

Dresden Frankfurt Dance Company & Ioannis Mandafounis

2023/24 Dresden Frankfurt Dance Company Tanz Performance Kulturpass

Have you ever wanted to be part of the creation of a dance piece? Here’s your chance! Now you can be involved in the creative process and influence an evening of dance. To kick off the season, the new ensemble will be introducing itself with a very special creation.

“À la carte” consists of longer and shorter scenes, the order of which is not fixed. Thanks to the different props, sound effects, music and lighting, the scenes allow for a variety of dance styles, atmospheres and themes. However, the focal point remains the encounter between the ensemble and the audience – just like cooking a meal together. Almost nothing that the dancers do in this production is predetermined. All movements arise from the meeting between the different bodies and from the contact with you. Each evening therefore becomes a unique experience.

The ensemble’s first performance under its new artistic director presents their fresh take on dance: the creative exchange between the artists and their audience is the foundation for the future.

Duration: ca. 1 h 
Language: German, English

Supporting Program

Premiere party on 08.12.2023
Following the performance, you are invited to join the premiere party. Celebrate with the DFDC the premiere of “À la carte” and thus the start of the new season under the artistic direction of Ioannis Mandafounis!

Audience Discussion on 10.12.2023
Following the performance you are invited to join in the audience discussion to find out more about the production and the contributing artists.

Festive finale on 17.12.2023
After the performance there will be a closing event with drinks and DJ-set from the dancers of the DFDC. 

Translation on 10.12. into German sign language


The Dresden Frankfurt Dance Company is a contemporary dance ensemble under the artistic direction of Ioannis Mandafounis. It develops, presents and communicates dance with the desire to bring people together, inspire and excite them about dance. The Dresden Frankfurt Dance Company combines contemporary thinking and dance tradition by experimenting and rethinking and developing traditional notions of choreography. Ioannis Mandafounis’ understanding of dance is unmistakable: the application of the methodology he has developed brings to the stage a dance and choreographic result that is improvised but appears as if planned. This empowers the artists and creates a collaborative process between the dancers and the audience.

The Dresden Frankfurt Dance Company is at home at the two residency venues HELLERAU – European Center for the Arts in Dresden and the Bockenheimer Depot in Frankfurt am Main and, as an internationally sought-after ensemble, regularly goes on guest performance tours. It offers a comprehensive range of educational and mediation services with the aim of facilitating cultural and aesthetic experiences regardless of origin, socialization, education, age and physical condition.


Choreography: Ioannis Mandafounis
Dance: Dancers of the Dresden Frankfurt Dance Company
Choreographic assistance: Pauline Huguet
Musical direction: Manon Parent
Dramaturgy: Anna Lemonaki
Stage and lighting: Ioannis Mandafounis
Costumes: Thomas Bradley

The Dresden Frankfurt Dance Company is supported by the City of Dresden and the Free State of Saxony as well as the City of Frankfurt am Main and the State of Hesse. Company-in-Residence at HELLERAU – European Center for the Arts Dresden and at Bockenheimer Depot in Frankfurt am Main.

This piece is a coproduction with:

++1 is supported by the City of Geneva, the Canton of Geneva and Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia.