Production Details / Press Releases
Moroccan choreographer Radouan Mriziga presents the second part in his trilogy centred around the knowledge of the Imazighen people of North Africa. Inspired by the ancient Carthegean moon goddess Tanit, “Ayur” is a solo created for Tunisian choreographer and performer Sondos Belhassen. A female guardian of longlost wisdom, she passes in and out of a porous dome, speaking words by poet Lilia Ben Romdhane and rapper Mahdi Chammen. In a silvershaded interweaving of dance, text and architecture, she summons the past while searching for a more inclusive future.
Radouan Mriziga is a Brussels-based choreographer and dancer from Marrakech. After studying dance in Morocco, Tunisia and France, Mriziga graduated from P.A.R.T.S. in Brussels. Fairly quickly, he began to focus on his work as a maker, creating his first solo “55” in 2014, followed by the performances “3600” (2016), “7” (2017) and “0” (2019), with which he addresses dance through the prism of architecture. Since 2019, Mriziga has been developing a new trilogy of works inspired by the culture and history of the Amazigh, the original inhabitants of North Africa. He tours his choreographies worldwide and is currently an artist-in-residence at Kaaitheater in Brussels (2017 – 2021) and at deSingel in Antwerp (2021 – 2025).
“We invite you to perceive this work as a choreographic object based on poems and raps as scores. Words and expressions are here tools of symbolic, rhythmical and compositional meaning, and are not intended to explain the movements or to suggest a linear narrative. The poems and the raps hold their own meanings and nuances in the Tunisian language, and through this choreography, your gaze, the translations and the rhythms we look forward to collectively building new narratives for each person individually.”
Radouan Mriziga: […] With my work I seek to not only focus on the story of North Africa but also to question something universal: how certain groups of indigenous people and a specific kind of knowledge is denied or pushed away. It’s a global problem, and it’s a question of knowledge in general. Here, in my trilogy, I take the Amazigh perspective as a way of looking at how these indigenous people survived throughout history. They kept their identity and they hold their knowledge in non-traditional mediums. It’s not like academic knowledge; they are not writing about their history. Rather, they keep their stories in their bodies, in their art, in their crafts and performances, and in their storytelling. For me it’s more about taking them as an example of survival rather than an example of victimhood.
Gurur Ertem: […] It gives hope about how nonmaterial knowledge, like movements and gestures, can survive and how they reappear and resurface over time. […] The Mediterranean basin is so complex, and there has always been crosscultural mingling and appropriation. People are still taught about cultures as though they have evolved as separate, self-contained, bounded entities. In mainstream discourses on culture and even in arts programmes we see a lot of flattening and homogenising of entire heterogeneous regions. But people have always moved and migrated and intermingled, and cultures coexisted even in prehistoric times.
Find the full conversation between Gurur Ertem and Radouan Mriziga “Undoing Hierarchies of Knowledge” in the Magazine im August and at www.tanzimaugust.de/magazin
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Cast & Credits
Concept & Choreography: Radouan Mriziga
By & with: Sondos Belhassen
Support to the Research on Amazigh: Hajar Ibnouthen
Text: Lilia Ben Romdhane and Mehdi Chammem “Massi”
Music: Mehdi Chammem “Massi”
Costumes: Anissa Aida
Space: Radouan Mriziga
Architect & Space Collaboration: Flayou
Assistance artistic direction: Maïté Jeannolin
Production: Dream City, Tunis
Management & Distribution: Something Great, Berlin
Assistance Production: Synda Jebali
Translation: Marwa Manaï, Lilia Ben Romdhan, Mahdi Chammem
Co-production: L’Art Rue, Tunis, Moussem – Nomadic Arts Centre, Brussels, Festival de Marseille, Marseille and A7TLA5, Brussels. Supported by: Fondation DOEN, i-Portunus, Mairie de Tunis. Technical partner: SYBEL Light & Sound. With thanks to: DEBO, Cyrine Boujila, Nawal Laroui, Leila Sebai, Manel Mahdouani, Mohamed Khalfallah, Zoubeir Mouhli, Wajdi Borji, Mehdi Ben Temessek, Ghilen Agrebi.
In cooperation with Kultur Büro Elisabeth.
Tanz im August 2021
Artistic Director: Virve Sutinen
Executive Producer Festival: Stefan Nagel
Curator & Producer: Andrea Niederbuchner
Producer & Assistant to Artistic Director: Alina Scheyrer-Lauer
Producer & Logistics: René Dombrowski
Production: Monica Ferrari, Florian Greß, Johanna Herrschmann, Mmakgosi Kgabi, Ben Mohai, Charlotte Werner
Technical Director Festival: Ingo Ruggenthaler
Tanz im August is a festival by HAU Hebbel am Ufer, funded by the Capital Cultural Fund.
The video documentation is produced on behalf of the Senate Department for Culture and Europe. The purpose of this contract is to document productions in the field of contemporary dance in Berlin. The master recordings are archived by the University Library of the Berlin University of Arts. Copies of the recordings on DVD are available for viewing exclusively in the reference collections of the following archives (at media desks in these institutions):