27/11  | 22:00
    28/11  | 20:30
    29/11  | 20:30

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Modernity was significant in shaping societies, and deciding what is to be defined as knowledge: in this process indigenous and popular knowledge were often consistently destroyed. Yet, these erased narratives still influence the present, towards local and global contexts. Ayur is a dance solo created by Radouan Mriziga, a dancer and choreographer born in Marrakesh and based in Brussels, and the second part in a trilogy focusing on the semantics and mythologies of the Imazighen, the indigenous people of North Africa. The whole trilogy centres on female figures, as guardians of the transmission of Amazigh knowledge. In Ayur, Radouan Mriziga honours the idea of transmission by creating a solo for Sondos Belhassen, who has been his dance teacher while he was living in Tunis. A work where the choreography emerges between the rhythm of the body and the one of the text, written with the poet Lilia Ben Romdhane and rapper Mahdi Chammen “Massi”. Tanit is the goddess associated in Punic Carthage with the moon. Presented in the space of KANAL, with the night of the city filtering through its glasses, it becomes a choreographic space to carve out a new paradigm of reflections regarding the past, and to arrive at a more inclusive future.

Presentation: Kunstenfestivaldesarts-KANAL – Centre Pompidou in the frame of News From Home

Concept and Choreography: Radouan Mriziga
By and with: Sondos Belhassen
Amazigh research support: Ibnouthen
Text: Lilia Ben Romdhane & Mehdi Chammem « Massi »
Music: Mehdi Chammem « Massi »
Costumes: Anissa Aida
Scenography:  Radouan Mriziga in collaboration with Flayou
Architect: Flayou
Video: Pragma Studio
Artistic Assistant: Maïté Jeannolin

Production: Dream City (Tunis – TN)
In co-production with: L'Art Rue – الشارع فن (Tunis – TN), Moussem – Nomadic Arts Centre (Brussels - BE) & Festival de Marseille (Marseille – FR)
Management, Promotion and Distribution: Something Great (Berlin – DE)
Administration: A7LA5 (Brussels – BE)
Production Assistant: Synda Jebali
Translation: Marwa Manaï, Lilia Ben Romdhan & Mahdi Chammem
Supported: Fondation DOEN, i-Portunus & Mairie de Tunis
Technical partner: SYBEL Light & Sound

Acknowledgments: DEBO, Cyrine Boujila, Nawal Laroui, Leila Sebai, Manel Mahdouani, Mohamed Khalfallah, Zoubeir Mouhli, Wajdi Borji, Mehdi Ben Temessek & Ghilen Agrebi

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Radouan Mriziga (1985) is a Brussels-based choreographer and dancer from Marrakech. After studying dance in Morocco, Tunisia and France, Radouan Mriziga graduated from P.A.R.T.S. in Brussels. Fairly quickly he began to focus on his own work and touring his creations worldwide. His performances explore the relationship between movement, construction and composition. Focusing on human beings as the makers of their surroundings, Mriziga’s choreographies forge links between the body in motion and the expression of form in everyday materials and the architecture of our built environment. From 2017 until 2021, Mriziga is an artist-in-residence at Kaaitheater in Brussels.

Sondos Belhassen is a performer, trainer and actor. She constructs her work around all kinds of experiences, somewhere between dance and film. She is also a dance teacher, working at El Teatro since 1998, at the national circus school and at the drama school of the National Theatre of Tunisia. She undertakes choreographic research alongside Malek Sebaï and Patricia Triki. The three of them create pieces, installations and performances, two of which were created for the Dream City festival: Manel wu Sawssen in 2007 and La prison des délits de cœur in 2010. For the seventh Dream City festival, she is working under the direction of Radouan Mriziga on his new project Ayur.

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