Libya

Libya
10 Jul '24 to 11 Jul '24
Radouan Mriziga (MR)

Libya is a celebration of the Maghreb's Imazighen heritage, a history that was never recorded on paper. With eight dancers, three video landscapes, music from the region and the impressive Tunisian rapper Mahdi Chammem, choreographer Radouan Mriziga brings the rich but ignored Imazighen culture to life.

Festival Julidans
Programme section Julidans On Stage

Dutch premiere


Location Meervaart
Venue Blauwe Zaal
Run time 60 minutes
Genre Dance
Language Language no problem

Libya

The 'Libya' in the title does not refer to the current nation, but to the name the ancient Egyptians and Greeks gave to North Africa. The culture of the Imazighen, who live in this area, is passed on from generation to generation through stories, dance and song. Although this oral and matriarchal culture greatly influenced the prosperity of art and science in the Mediterranean and Europe, it was never recorded by historians.

Moroccan-Brussels choreographer Radouan Mriziga celebrates this vibrant culture and proposes a new way of writing its history: through an open stage on which the connections between people and traditions become visible during a collective journey of discovery. Using their bodies as bearers of tradition, eight dancers bring the chants, rhythms, dance and music of their North African roots to life, in the here and now.

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In Libya, the sounds of tarab, ahwach and touareg music are seamlessly blended with rap, spoken word, dance and theatre. This results in a continuous flow of transferred knowledge, experiences and movement. The focus is on the resilience of the Imazighen, who have coped with centuries of war and colonial oppression.

The performers, of different ages and body types, move gracefully and powerfully. Their movement material is based on North African dances they remember from their parents' and grandparents' villages. In addition, Mriziga drew inspiration for his choreography from animal figures in cave paintings and carvings from the region.

About Radouan Mriziga

Radouan Mriziga is a choreographer from Marrakesch based in Brussels. His choreographies and live installations delve into the intimate relationship between the body, architecture, and the mind, as well as utilizing performance as an instrument to unearth forgotten and suppressed narratives in history. He was an artist-in-residence at Kaaitheater in Brussels from 2017 to 2021, and from 2021 to 2026, he is an artist-in-residence at De Singel in Antwerp, Belgium.

Credits

concept and choreography Radouan Mriziga
with and by Sondos Belhassen, Mahdi Chammem, Hichem Chebli, Bilal El Had, Maïté Minh Tâm Jeannolin, Senda Jebali, Feteh Khiari, Dorothée Munyaneza
scenography Radouan Mriziga
costume design Anissa Aidia and Lila John
light design Radouan Mriziga
poem contribution ‘And set them alight’ by Asmaa Jama
assistance Aïcha Ben Miled, Nada Khomsi, Khalil Jegham
production A7LA5 vzw and L’Art Rue/Dream City
coproduction Festival de Marseille, L’Art Rue, De Singel, Abu Dhabi Cultural Foundation, C-Mine, Moussem Nomadic Arts Center
management and distribution Something Great

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