Set in Motion

Dance-Art-Community, Curators: Drorit Gur Arie and Avi Feldman 22.5.2014 - 6.9.2014

Produced by Association Cie Projet 11, commissioned by deSingel theater Belgium, with the support of: the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia; Migros Culture Percentage, Switzerland; the City, Republic and State of Geneva; Goethe Institute, Germany

The work of the MAMAZA collective, comprising renowned choreographers, explores the affinities between culture and the public sphere in an attempt to define a community. In recent years the group has operated among local communities in different cultures around the world, striving to examine the power of the visual arts and the performing arts in advancing knowledge and social change.
A red line, intended to link and connect, is stretched from the world of the dance stage or cultural center to the public sphere, as the choreographers leave the stage for the street, enter houses and meet with the locals, together identifying points of contact and connection. By drawing the red line, which marks the body's movement between the various spaces, they strive to abandon the stage momentarily and delve into vital preliminary questions: In what ways do contemporary audiences relate to cultural centers? What ties the world of the stage to the metropolis around it? What is the choreographic meaning of the red line created in the public sphere?
Thus far, group members have marked over eight kilometers of red line in various cities in Europe and Africa. This is their first activity in Israel, where they stretched a red line between the Petach Tikva Museum of Art and the urban sphere around it. The line is a physical-mental link between communities and cultures here and worldwide. As such, it embodies questions of identity, mobility, nomadism, localism, and globalism.


MAMAZA (Ioannis Mandafounis, Fabrice Mazliah, May Zarhy), ASINGELINE, an enacted thought made visible, 2014, Digital screening of still photographs, 21 min; documentary video, 15 min