concept, choreography & scenography Radouan Mriziga | dance/performance Maïté Jeannolin | costume design Lila John | music & sound design TBA | light design TBA | dramaturgy Esther Severi | Amazigh research support Hajar Ibnouthen | production A7LA5 | management promotion & distribution Something Great | co-production Kaaitheater, Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Moussem Nomadisch Kunstencentrum, PACT Zolverein, Alkantara
Racism, colonialism, antisemitism and nationalism: in the 19th century, all these ‘isms’ contributed to shaping society. Every kind of indigenous or popular knowledge that did not correspond to the prevailing ‘civilized’ frameworks was systematically destroyed. These erased narratives continue to influence the way we relate to the world today.
Tafukt/The Sun/Athena is a dance solo and the first part of a trilogy focused on epistemologies and mythologies of the Tamazigh – the indigenous population of Northern Africa. The performance centres on three female goddesses that unite culture and history: Neith, Tanit and Athena. Lake Tritonis in Libya is said to be the birthplace of Athena, before the Greeks adopted her on the other side of the Mediterranean. An exploration of these epistemologies brings history’s blind spots to light. How can we challenge the current canon? Can performance function as a tool of resistance? In Tafukt, Radouan Mriziga seeks to create a space for reflections on the past in order to strive for a more inclusive future.