Can choreography close the gaps in our historical memory? ›AKAL‹ (Tamazight for Earth) is the third piece of a trilogy by Radouan Mriziga, in which he draws inspiration from the epistemologies of the Imazighen, the indigenous people of North Africa. Their oral culture was ignored for centuries, but for Mriziga it contains the seed of a new future. Each piece of the trilogy is focused on mythological female figures who embody and protect the Amazigh culture. In ›AKAL‹ the muse is the ancient Egyptian goddess Neith, associated with birth and death, who guides the souls of the dead to the underworld. In this solo, Mriziga celebrates Neith’s strength in collaboration with the Rwandan choreographer, dancer and singer Dorothée Munyaneza. Rituals, traditional dances, architecture, storytelling, song, poetry, rap: in ›AKAL‹, everything comes together in an intimate choreographic space in which a fresh look at a suppressed past makes us dream of a more inclusive future.
Concept and choreography: Radouan Mriziga Made with & performed by: Dorothée Munyaneza Chroeographic assistants: Maïté Minh Tâm Jeannolin, Sondos Belhassen Dramaturgical support: Esther Severi Research support: Hajar Ibnouthen Scenographic concept: Tewa Barnosa, Radouan Mriziga Visual artwork: Tewa Barnosa Light design: Estelle Gautier Costume design: Lila John Technical director: Estelle Gautier Sound technician: Milan Van Doren Poem contribution: ›I fled this realm‹ by Asmaa Jama Assistance: Rania Barhoumi
Production: A7LA5 vzw (Brussels - BE) Co-production: PACT Zollverein (Essen - DE), DeSingel (Antwerp - BE), Kaaitheater (Brussels - BE), Tanzquartier Wien (Vienna - AT), Festival de Marseille (Marseille - FR), Walker Art Center (Minneapolis - US), Wexner Center for the Arts (Columbus - US), Contemporary Arts Center (Cincinnati - US), Cultuurcentrum C-Mine (Genk - BE) Residencies: deSingel - International Art Campus (Antwerp - BE), Festival de Marseille (Marseille - FR), Kunstenwerkplaats Pianofabriek (Brussels - BE) Special thanks to: Sharjah Art Foundation Funded by: De Vlaamse Overheid International Distribution & Tour Management: Something Great (Berlin - DE )