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Ioannis Mandafounis, Dancers of the DFDC & the Palucca University of Dance Dresden

2024/25 Dresden Frankfurt Dance Company Tanz Performance Kulturpass
Photo: Sitara Thalia Ambrosio

There is light. Something appears: an image, a formation, movement, development, transformation. Then it is dark. And then light again. Something new: it is massive, it turns, it vibrates, it encompasses everything. Dark. And light. A surprise. And dark. And light. And dark.

“Join” undertakes a simple and yet challenging attempt: how can dancers at completely different points in their development come together? How can an ensemble of professionals at the highest level dance together with a group of students? How do people come together in their diversity? What connections are possible that are not created by a standardizing and unifying norm? “Join” will take a step in this direction. Students from the respective city in which the performance takes place dance together with the ensemble of the Dresden Frankfurt Dance Company. In Dresden, around 60 students from the Palucca University of Dance are involved in the performance. The dramaturgy of the evening is determined by instant blackouts, which lend the scenes a special immediacy and constantly challenge the audience’s perception.

“Join” is funded by the German Federal Cultural Foundation’s “Fonds Zero” program. This is intended to support cultural institutions in testing more climate-friendly forms of production and new aesthetics with the lowest possible climate impact. CO2 emissions are recorded during the process. Any potential savings that emerge are intended to make our working methods more ecologically sustainable in the future.

19.09. Premiere party following the performance

Ioannis Mandafounis has been the artistic director of the Dresden Frankfurt Dance Company since the 2023/24 season. He works with the ensemble using the live choreography methodology he developed. This enables the dancers to create a new choreography live on stage from their bodies, movements and actions in every performance and every moment.

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. A central foundation of the ensemble’s work is the methodology developed by Ioannis Mandafounis. This enables the dancers to create a new choreography live on stage from their bodies, movements and actions in every performance and every moment. This creates a collaborative process that strengthens the individual artists and opens up to the audience

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A production of the Dresden Frankfurt Dance Company in cooperation with HELLERAU – European Center for the Arts. With the support of Dance Reflections by Van Cleef & Arpels. Funded by the ZERO program of the German Federal Cultural Foundation. Funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media. 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 the Bockenheimer Depot in Frankfurt am Main.