Tafukt is a dance solo created by Radouan Mriziga, 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 female 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 this performance function as a tool of resistance? Radouan Mriziga seeks to create a space for reflections to rethink the current canon and imagine a more inclusive future.
• Choreographer and dancer Radouan Mriziga was trained in Marrakech and Tunisia before moving to Brussels to continue his training at PARTS. Since 2014, he has been supported by the Nomadic Arts Centre Moussem. He is currently an artist-in-residence at Kaaitheater.
Presented by : Kunstenfestivaldesarts & Kaaitheater
Concept, choreography : Radouan Mriziga // Scenography : Radouan Mriziga, Estelle Gautier //Dance, performance : Maïté Jeannolin // Artistic assistant : Sondos Belhassen // Costume design : Lila John // poems, songs : Nisrine Mbarki, Dorothée Munyaneza, Hindi Zahra, Popytirz // Music : El Hit by Dj VAN, Pain by Krtas Nssa & Awache N-haha // Light design : Estelle Gautier // Dramaturgical support, text editing : Esther Severi // Research support : Hajar Ibnouthen, Esther Severi // Text references : Manifesto for Good Living/Buen Viver by Boaventura de Sousa Santos
Production : A7LA5 // Co-production : Kaaitheater, Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Moussem Nomadisch Kunstencentrum, PACT Zollverein, Alkantara, deSingel, Parallèle / L’Officina, Kanuti Gildi SAAL/SAAL Biennaal festival within the frame of MORE THAN THIS – Creative Europe // With the support of : De Vlaamse Overheid // Thanks to : BUDA
Photo's : © Philip Marnef