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Recording: 2018-01-13 , Tanztage Berlin 2018 | Sophiensæle (Video © Walter Bickmann)

Youness Atbane, Youness Aboulakoul

The Architects

Tanztage Berlin 2018 | Sophiensæle

Production Details / Press Releases

Scandal is an emotion, art is a feeling.
Scandal is a crisis, art memorizes the crisis.
Scandal is a finance platform, art is a market.
Scandal is an idea; art is the essence of a hidden idea.
Scandal is a language, art is a value.
Scandal is an artistic process, art is politics.
Scandal is a subject of art, art is a scandalous object.
Scandal abuses the body; art is an attempt of immortality.
Scandal in contemporary art is a mechanics of sensations.

THE ARCHITECTS is a performative project, based on the reflection on the art and crisis related to the identity. It looks into the link between art market, art scandals, public perception and reaction on different levels. The private belongings of laid off bankers are the basis of this choreographic duet. A humoristic take on the art world and its absurd geopolitical manifestations.

YOUNESS ATBANE lives and works between Casablanca and Berlin. His artistic interest is centered on a critical and burlesque relationship to the field of art, its actors and its geopolitics, opening his research towards the possible interconnection between art disciplines. In 2008, Youness took part in the program EX E.R.CE08 at the Centre Choréographique National de Montpelier. He obtained a master´s degree in art and museology at the University of Nice in 2010. Youness was working with many international artists like Khalid Benghrib, Jean-Marc Mattos, Juan Domingues, Xavier Le Roy, Rochus Aust, Fawzi Benssidi, etc.. He has exhibited his installations and presented his performances at the Museum of Contemporary Art of Rome, The Talmart Gallery in Paris, Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris, Ostrale Dressen, the Museum of Contemporary Art Mohammed VI in Rabat, Headland Center for the Arts in San Francisco, the Marrakech Biennale and at the Mass Moca Museum.

YOUNESS ABOULAKOUL was born in Casablanca and lives and works in Paris. Youness began dancing Hip-Hop at the cultural complex Moulay Rachid as he was seven years old. Then, he studied ballet and Moroccan folk dances at the art conservatory. At the age of 16, he met the choreographer Khalid Benghrib and continued working with him until today. Youness worked simultaneously for many different dance companies like Konica THTR, Incripacion and Plan-K and he collaborated with the choreographers Olivier Dubois, Radhouane Elmeddeb, Christian Rizzo and Bernardo Montet. Youness is also a composer and sound designer, fascinated by the electronic music atmosphere and by the depth of the Moroccan music. He combines these two sources of inspiration to develop his own sound work.

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Cast & Credits

CONCEPT: Youness Atbane
ARTISTIC COLLABORATION: Youness Aboulakoul, Youness Atbane
PERFORMANCE: Youness Aboulakoul, Youness Atbane, Aziz Nadif
Funded by Goethe-Institut Marokko.
In coproduction with The Arab Fund for Arts and Culture (AFAC), Moussem Nomadic Arts Center, Institut Français Maroc and La Friche le Belle de Mai.

MANAGEMENT: Johanna Withelm
DRAMATURGICAL ADVICE: Thomas Schaupp, Maja Zimmermann
The 27th Tanztage Berlin are produced by SOPHIENSÆLE.
Funded by the Senate Chancellery for Culture and Europe.
Supported by Onassis Cultural Centre-Athens, Kulturreferat der Landeshauptstadt München, Goethe-Institut Marokko, Polnisches Institut Berlin, mapping dance berlin and Tanzfabrik Berlin e.V.


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Video Documentation

The video documentation is produced on behalf of the Senate Department for Culture and Social Cohesion. 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):

University Library of the Berlin University of Arts
Mediathek für Tanz und Theater des Internationalen Theaterinstituts / Mime Centrum Berlin
Inter-University Centre for Dance Berlin (HZT)

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