Please note: this show has been cancelled to help contain the spread of the new coronavirus.
Modernity was significant in shaping societies, and deciding what is to be defined as knowledge: in this process indigenous and popular knowledge were often consistently destroyed. Yet, these erased narratives still influence the present, towards local and global contexts.
Ayur is a dance solo, and the first part in a trilogy focusing on the semantics and mythologies of the Imazighen, the indigenous people of North Africa. The whole trilogy centres on female figures, as guardians of the transmission of Amazigh knowledge. Radouan Mriziga created this solo for Sondos Belhassen, who has been his dance teacher while he was living in Tunis. A work where the choreography emerges between the rhythm of the body and the one of the text, written with the poet Lilia Ben Romdhane and rapper Mahdi Chammen “Massi”. Performed in KANAL, with the nocturnal city behind a sheet of glass, Ayur carves out space for a new paradigm of reflections regarding the past, and to arrive at 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.
concept, choreography Radouan Mriziga | interpreted and created by Sondos Belhassen | Amazigh research support Hajar Ibnouthen | writers Lilia Ben Romdhane & Mehdi Chammem « Massi » | music Mehdi Chammem « Massi » | costumes Anissa Aida | scenography Radouan Mriziga | in collaboration with Flayou Architecte Flayou | video Pragma Studio | artistic assistant Maïté Jeannolin | production assistant Synda Jebali | translation Marwa Manaï, Lilia Ben Romdhane & Mahdi Chammem | image and editing Nao Maltese | thanks to DEBO, Cyrine Boujila, Nawal Laroui, Leila Sebai, Manel Mahdouani, Mohamed Khalfallah, Zoubeir Mouhli, Wajdi Borji, Mehdi Ben Temessek, Ghilen Agrebi | production Dream City / L’Art Rue | co-production Moussem, Festival de Marseille | production supported by A7LA5 | presentation Kunstenfestivaldesarts, KANAL – Centre Pompidou, in the frame of News From Home | with the support of Fondation DOEN and the mobility programme i-Portunus