As part of its Great Texts/Big Questions lecture series, the Institute for Creative Arts (ICA, formerly GIPCA) presents Eifo Efi – a performance by Ioannis Mandafounis & Fabrice Mazliah of the choreographic collective, MAMAZA.

In Eifo EfiMandafounis & Mazliah offer their understanding of two persons, as the “more than” of what two people can be. The performers fill the space with versions and echoes of themselves. While only two bodies appear, reflective elements and diverting strategies enhance the visual to stimulate the sensory, making the “just two” reveal the presence of others.

Emerging from a body of choreographic work that explores the perception of appearances and the production of visual paradox, Eifo Efinames the urge to speak specifically from within theatrical constructs, and to find new modes of intertwining the experience of the audience with that of the performers. 

Following the 55 min performance, Mandafounis and Mazliah will be in conversation with Director of the ICA, Jay Pather.

MAMAZA is a choreographic structure in which choreographic work is explored, developed and produced through acts of creation and transmission. The company was founded by Ioannis MandafounisFabrice Mazliah and May Zarhy in 2009 and has since evolved into a dynamic structure, opening up new collaborations with each new project. MAMAZA tours internationally with various shows and installations and gives workshops on choreography, improvisation and research. For more information about MAMAZA’s works visit: 

This performance of Eifo Efi is supported by Pro Helvetia Johannesburg, the Swiss Arts Council.

The event will take place from 18:00 – 20:00 on Saturday 20 August 2016 at Hiddingh Hall, UCT Hiddingh Campus, 31 – 37 Orange Street, Cape Town. Refreshments will be served from 17:30. No booking is necessary and all are welcome.

For more information, contact the ICA office: +27 21 650 7156 or

Eifo Efi credits:
Concept / choreography / dance: Ioannis Mandafounis, Fabrice Mazliah
Dramaturgical support: Liz Waterhouse, David Kern
Technical director: Harry Schulz
Production management: Johanna Milz
Production: MAMAZA
A coproduction of: Künstlerhaus Mousonturm, The Forsythe Company, kunstenfestivaldesarts, PACT Zollverein Essen.
Funded by: the Fonds Doppelpass of the German Federal Cultural Foundation.
Supported by: Pro Helvetia, the Swiss Arts Council.

[Photo credit: Eifo Efi; photographer: Dominik Mentzos; dancers: Ioannis Mandafounis, Fabrice Mazliah]

Listen to the post-performance discussion here.

Venue: Hiddingh Hall

Address: Google Map UCT Hiddingh Campus, 31 Orange Street, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa