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The Nikel Project, songs & poems

The Nikel Project, songs & poems

Nikel Project (The) - songs and poems

Concept Mamaza in collaboration with the Ensemble Nikel

Composing actions, choreographing sounds, “The Nikel Project - songs & poems” is a collaboration between two contemporary ensembles: the Mamaza choreographers collective and the Ensemble Nikel.

Together, they create a third new entity, which is neither music nor dance, but something in between.  Their joint work explores the mystery of the visible and the invisible, the encounter, transformation and discovery of the invisible, the score and its manifestation on stage.

And when the music and the dance converge, they make us hear the images and see the sounds.  And, quite simply, they make us feel.

Programme presented as part of the Rencontres chorégraphiques internationales de Seine-Saint-Denis (Seine-Saint-Denis international choreography encounters) from 14 May to 13 June 2013 and the TRANSFABRIK project.

Further information

Mamaza Compagny website

Updating: July 2013

Centre national de la danse, Réalisation

Since 2001, the National Center for Dance (CND) has been making recordings of its shows and educational programming and has created resources from these filmed performances (interviews, danced conferences, meetings with artists, demonstrations, major lessons, symposia specialized, thematic arrangements, etc.).

Mamaza

MAMAZA is a structure in which choreographic work is explored, developed and produced through acts of creation and transmission.
The company was originally founded by Ioannis Mandafounis, Fabrice Mazliah and May Zarhy in 2009. Since 2015 the company is run by Fabrice Mazliah and May Zarhy and it has evolved into a dynamic structure in terms of the definition of roles and working relations between the involved partners, opening up into new collaborations and redefining the formulation of working conditions in each new project.

MAMAZA has developed through their work, a choreographic space, which questions the existing tension between the visual image and the physical feeling it produces in the viewer, or rather between the physical image and the visual feeling. Collaboration is a central element of MAMAZA’s approach to creation, feeling that a sharing of voices is crucial to any form of creation - that it doesn't lead to an artistic compromise, but rather to a re-enforcement of the essential elements that the piece asks for. Each new project demands re-configuring one’s role in relation to the others, the possible partners for the creation, as well as the type of project, the specific physicality and approach that the theme asks for.

As opposed to a typical company structure, MAMAZA asks to create a platform for creation in which consistencies of structure are challenged and style is put into question, while the work remains consistent and coherent. Their work, springs from a marriage between the dancer and the choreographer into one - an enhanced performer responsible to his/her performance. These choreographies propose a live exchange with the audience, where experience is at the core, involving the spectator to be an active responsible viewer, one that observes and questions simultaneously.

Source : Mamaza

More information : mamaza.net/

Nikel Project (The), songs & poems

Artistic direction / Conception : MAMAZA, en collaboration avec l'ENSEMBLE NIKEL

Interpretation : Ioannis MANDAFOUNIS, Fabrice MAZLIAH, May ZARHY, Yaron DEUTSCH, Reto STAUB

Stage direction : MAMAZA, en collaboration avec l'ENSEMBLE NIKEL

Costumes : Lynn BRUGGEMAN

Technical direction : Sebastian SCHACKERT

Duration : 50 minutes

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