Can you use choreography to fill in the gaps in our historical memory? In Akal, the final part of his latest trilogy, Radouan Mriziga once again focuses on the knowledge of the Imazighen, the indigenous people of North Africa. Their oral culture was left unrecognized for centuries but, for Mriziga, it is a source of inspiration for the future. Each part of the trilogy is a solo for a dancer and revolves around a mythological female figure who in her own way embodies and passes on the knowledge of Amazigh culture.
In Akal, (Earth in Tamazight language) the ancient Egyptian goddess Neith, the guide for the souls of the dead to the underworld, is central. For this solo, Mriziga has invited the Rwandan dancer, singer and choreographer Dorothée Munyaneza to bring Neith to life. In an intimate setting, you are treated to a mix of rituals, traditional dance, architecture, storytelling, singing, poetry and rap. This fresh look at an oppressed past makes you dream of a more inclusive future.
“A remarkable dance: fierce and powerful as well as extremely controlled, even solemn or ritualistic.” – Pzazz
April 9, 4 & 8 p.m. | April 10, 4 p.m.
Location: CAC Blackbox
Akal is co-produced by Festival de Marseille, PACT Zollverein, deSingel, Kaaitheater, Tanzquartier Vienna, Cultuurcentrum C-Mine, Walker Art Center, Wexner Center for the Arts, Contemporary Arts Center Cincinnati
concept & choreography: Radouan Mriziga
made with & performed by: Dorothée Munyaneza
choreographic assistants: Maité 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 and U.S. tour technical director: Milan Van Doren
assistance: Rania Barhoumi
production: A7LA5 vzw
distribution and tour management: Something Great
coproduction: Festival de Marseille, PACT Zollverein, deSingel, Kaaitheater, Tanzquartier Vienna, Walker Art Center, Wexner Center for the Arts, Contemporary Arts Center Cincinnati
residencies: Kaaitheater, deSingel, Festival de Marseille & Kunstenwerkplaats Pianofabriek
special thanks to: Sharjah Art Foundation
With the support of the Flemish government
RADOUAN MRIZIGA addresses dance through the prism of architecture. Following precise protocols of choreographic construction, his performances make and unmake spaces for both his dancers and audiences alike. More often than not, Mriziga uses the bodies of his performers as his starting point. Putting them to use as measuring instruments, Mriziga creates shapes on the ground which recall the tradition of Islamic geometric motifs.
DOROTHÉE MUNYANEZA is a world-renowned French singer, author, musician, performance artist and choreographer whom originally hails from Rwanda. After spending 14 years in London, she now lives with her family in Marseille. Her film music debut on the soundtrack of the Oscar-nominated 2004 feature film, Hotel Rwanda.
She has been interested in music since childhood, and studied song and social work in the UK. Her professional introduction to the international music arena came with the album “Volume5-Anatomic,” on which she appeared as a guest of the multi-genre band Afro Celt Sound System. Her first solo album Earth Songs was release in 2010 (available on iTunes since 2012).
She often performs for humanitarian goals and also teaches with the South African social circus Zip Zap. She is passionate about social integration through music and art in general, and would like to one day establish a school of music for children and youth in her native Rwanda, which she regularly visits.