Tafukt

    08/05  | 20:30 - 21:45
    09/05  | 20:30 - 21:45
    10/05  | 15:00 - 16:15
    11/05  | 20:30 - 21:45
    12/05  | 19:00 - 20:15

€18 / €15
1h15
English, Tamazight, North African dialect → NL, FR, EN

What do we retain of history and what are the mechanisms involved in determining what is kept or discarded? Various stories were rewritten during the 19th century while others fell into oblivion: two forms of negation that generate huge disparities in power in our present system of producing and reproducing knowledge.Tafukt is a dance solo created by Radouan Mriziga, a dancer and choreographer born in Marrakesh and based in Brussels, and the first part in a trilogy focusing on the semantics and mythologies of the Imazighen, the indigenous people of North Africa. Each part is devised for one dancer and centres on female figures who are guardians of the transmission of Amazigh knowledge. The goddess Athena, linking the cultures and histories on either side of the Mediterranean basin, lies at the heart of Tafukt. Lake Tritonis, located in what is now Libya, was Athena’s birthplace before she was adopted by the Greeks on the other side of the Mediterranean. While history books essentially focus on the Greeks, Egyptians and Arabs, the Imazighen are largely ignored and marginalised, despite the fundamental role they played in the region. Can the performance now become a tool of resistance to rethink the current model and imagine a more inclusive future?

See also: ASIF // THE RIVER, An Amazigh Cultural Centre & Kids

Confronted with the SARS-CoV-2 crisis, we had to cancel this project

Presentation: Kunstenfestivaldesarts-Kaaitheater

Concept, choreography and scenography: Radouan Mriziga
Dance / performance: Maïté Jeannolin
Artistic assistant: Sondos Belhassen
Costume designer: Lila John
Text, music & sound design: Hindi Zahra, Nisrine Mbarki, Dorothée Munyaneza & Popytirz
Light design: Estelle Gautier
Dramaturgy: Esther Severi
Amazigh research support: Hajar Ibnouthen
Production: A7LA5
Management, promotion and distribution: Something Great

Coproduction: Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Kaaitheater, Moussem Nomadisch
Kunstencentrum, PACT Zollverein, Alkantara, deSingel, Parallèle / L’Officina and
Kanuti Gildi SAAL/ SAAL Biennaal festival within the frame of MORE THAN THIS —
Creative Europe
With the support of: De Vlaamse Overheid

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Radouan Mriziga
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.

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