Fabrice Mazliah & TILMAN O’DONNELL


Fabrice Mazliah

studies dance in his hometown Geneva with Beatriz Consuelo and Alicia de La Fuente, at The National School of Athens and in the Rudra Bejart Atelier in Lausanne. He is part of the Nederlands Dans Theater in Holland before joining in 1997 the Ballett Frankfurt that transitioned into the Forsythe Company which he is part of until summer 2015.

Fabrice in parallel produces several works of his own, and in collaboration with other artists, pieces like “Du dire au Faire” 2002 (Manege d’Onex, Geneva) and “HOME” 2004 (ForumMeyrin, Geneva) or “REMOTE VERSIONS” 2003 and “DOUBLE B(L)IND” 2004 with the chekroun/mazliah/san martin collectif for the Ballett Frankfurt at the Bockenheimer Depot Frankfurt, “P.A.D.” 2007 with Ioannis Mandafounis, commissioned by the Athens Festival, the work “HUE” 2008 created for and with 6 other artists for the Forsythe Company showed at the Bockenheimer Depot in Frankfurt. He creates from this a solo adaptation called “HUE score -6” presented in Japan by the Goethe Institut. “ZERO” 2010 created with May Zarhy and Yannis Mandafounis, which becomes eventually the collective MAMAZA, (produced by Festival Automne en Normandie, Künstlerhaus Mousonturm Frankfurt, PACT Essen, Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Les Rencontres Internationales de la Seine-Saint-Denis). They continue with their second piece “COVER UP” 2011, co-produced and presented among others by the Forsythe Company, DeSingel Antwerp, PACT Essen, Onassis Cultural center Athens and Theatre de l’Usine Geneva.
MAMAZA becomes associated artist at DeSingel Theater in Antwerpen in 2011/12 and creates three installation work within their residency “ASINGELINE” 2011,”DINNER IN THE DARK” 2012 and “CONTEXT WITHOUT CONTENT” 2012. ASINGELINE has so far been touring through Europe, Israel and Africa and been presented as well in a documentation installation format in various places.

After receiving in 2012 the support from the BKS (cultural state funds) MAMAZA becomes resident company for two seasons at the Künstlerhaus Mousonturm Frankfurt. Under this residency they create three works and for the first one decide to collaborate with the Contemporary Ensemble Nikel and create “THE NIKEL PROJECT songs & poems” premiering at DeSingel Theater in Antwerpen in partnership with all previous co-producers and partners as well as the Kampnagel Theater in Hamburg. As a second work within this residency They create together the social installation “GARDEN STATE” which was invited to the festival “Espacios Revelados” in Buenos Aires and in the frame of “Performing Architecture” at the 14. Architecture Biennale in Venice in October 2014 and many other places. As a third work, together with Ioannis Mandafounis he creates another duet “EIFO EFI” in September 2013.
Fabrice creates in June 2015 the last evening of The Forsythe Company “ In Act and Thought” premiering in Hellearu Dresden and LAB Frankfurt and creates Telling Stories in December 2015 with and for the MD Collective from Koln. In 2016 he develops two versions/studies of In Act and Thought, Acte co-énoncé, douze potentialités for La Manufacture in Lausanne and six potentialités for P.A.R.T.S in Brussels. His latest works Acme of Emphasis, a duet created with Adam Ster premiered in March 2017 and the performance Hyperion, Higher states, created in collaboration with Kirialos Hadjiioanou and the Esemble Modern premiered in November 2017 both presented at The Kulstlerhausmousonturm in Frankfurt. Manufactured is created and premiered in April 2018 for La Manufacture Bachelor Students.
These pieces have been shown in numerous venues and Festival Internationally.

Fabrice gives as well seminars, workshop and Ateliers based on research and improvisation for amateurs and professionals internationally and for master programs Like C.U.P. Giessen, La Manufacture in Lausanne and P.A.R.T.S Brussels where he is guest choreographer and Forsythe repertoire adviser. Since 2016 he is part of the HOOD fellowship at PACT Zollverein.




Tilman O’Donnell (U.S. / German) received his training at the National Ballet School in Toronto, Canada. He joined The Göteborg Ballet in 2001. In 2002 Tilman worked at Staatstheater Saarbrücken, and thereafter joined the Cullberg Ballet from 2003-2007. He was a member of The Forsythe Company in Frankfurt from 2007-2012, and a guest artist until June 2015.

Tilman made his debut as a choreographer in 2002 with Del A, receiving first prize in two major international choreographic competitions. In 2005 he was nominated both ”Dancer To Watch” and ”Choreographer To Watch” by the leading European magazine Ballet Tanz.

In 2011 he created site-specific works for Cullberg Ballet and in 2012 the full-length piece August did not have what is commonly considered good taste as far as furniture is concerned.. He has made works independently and for SPIRA Jönköping-Cullberg To Come, Staatstheater Graz, The Göteborgs Operans Danskompani, Corpus/Royal Danish Ballet, and The Danish University of Dance including This Is (2010), The Disambiguation Project (2013), Whatever Singularity #453: Solo For Maxime / Dancing With Alain (2014), In Life & Love & So On (2015), These & Those & Upon Us (with Cyril Baldy, 2016).

Tilman was invited to be artist in residence by the Goethe Institut in Montreal, Canada, together with Cyril Baldy (2014), and continues to collaborate closely with him. Tilman was nominated as “Hoffnungsträger” by the prominent European dance journal Tanz (2015).



DATE: 24/6/2019 (MON) 7:00 – 9:30pm
VENUE: CCDC Dance Centre Studio 3 (110 Shatin Pass Road, Wong Tai Sin
FEE: 450 HKD (Full Price)
Students & Artists Discount: 300 HKD
*20% Discount if you book more than 2 workshops*

“The Manufactured series ” is a study on the art of making things, and the art of things making (in return). To make things is not, after all, simply giving form to formless matter. Materials themselves move, guiding the human body and its actions. Things invite the gestures of the hand that gives them form. Making is much more a dance between the human body and the materials of the world, a following and being followed, a shaping and being shaped. Things come into being in the process of this dance.

In the second duet in the series, which will be presented during the festival, Tilman O’Donnell is collaborating with an Eschenbach porcelain cup produced in Germany in the mid 20th century. The cup, as a container, can be said to mirror the container that is the human body. However, it has to be transported rather delicately – the fragility of its material having been used historically to signify social refinement and sophistication. This is a dance of reciprocal moulding and being moulded, pouring and being poured, during which, possibly, slowly, form appears and re-appears.

Fabrice will teach a master workshop based on the rich knowledge he acquired as a long term independent choreographer and of his 20 years of experience as a performer and collaborator to the renown choreographer William Forsythe, with whom he worked both within The Ballet Frankfurt and thereafter with The Forsythe Company. He will offer in this workshop a platform of research on the embodied knowledge he has accumulated over the years.



DATE: 27/6/2019
TIME: 7:30pm
VENUE: 5F Sheung Wan Civic Centre Theatre

Choreographed by Fabrice Mazliah
Performed by Tilman O’donnell

“Tilman O’Donnell is collaborating with an Eschenbach porcelain cup produced in Germany in the mid 20th century. The cup, as a container, can be said to mirror the container that is the human body. However, it has to be transported rather delicately – the fragility of its material having been used historically to signify social refinement and sophistication. This is a dance of reciprocal moulding and being moulded, pouring and being poured, during which, possibly, slowly, form appears and re-appears.”
(…extract from workofart.net)


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