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Il Cimento dell’Armonia e dell’Inventione

Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker and Radouan Mriziga explore Antonio Vivaldi’s ‘The Four Seasons’, starting from the exquisite recording of Vivaldi’s composition by virtuosic violinist Amandine Beyer and her ensemble Gli Incogniti.

‘The Four Seasons’ is one of the most well-known, iconic and reproduced pieces of music; a veritable ‘hit’ of the classical repertoire. It is also a striking ode to nature. De Keersmaeker and Mriziga, who previously collaborated on 3ird5 @ W9rk (2020), share a keen interest in the observation of nature, geometry, and embodied abstraction. They also share a concern with our changing and increasingly troubling relationship to our natural environment. Contemplating the four seasons in nature by contemplating the nature of this musical composition not only inspires further explorations of patterns present in the natural world and celestial configurations as possible starting points for choreography, it also vividly brings to the surface the urgency of the impending climate crisis. Do we still have four seasons? In addition, Vivaldi wrote this music three hundred years ago in the Mediterranean, a region at the intersection of different continents. ‘The Four Seasons’ thus also invites reflection on the circulations of knowledge, power, and histories this region represents.

In ‘Il Cimento dell’Armonia e dell’Inventione’ multiple strands come together to create a unique choreographic language. The piece aims to return to the core, the structure of Vivaldi’s famous composition and the many associations and emotions it evokes, while offering a choreographic counterpoint to it. At the same time the dance underscores that there may be something contemplative to be found in ‘The Four Seasons’ in its familiarity, and in the familiarity of nature.


Concept, Choreography, Set and Light Design  Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, Radouan Mriziga
Created with and Performed by  Boštjan Antončič, Nassim Baddag, Lav Crnčević, José Paulo dos Santos
Music  Antonio Vivaldi, Amandine Beyer, Gli Incogniti
Costume Design  Aouatif Boulaich
Rehearsal Director  Eleni Ellada Damianou
Musical Analysis  Amandine Beyer

Production  Rosas
Co-Production  Concertgebouw Brugge, De Munt/La Monnaie, Berliner Festspiele, Charleroi Danse, Festival d'Automne à Paris, Festival de Marseille, ImPulsTanz Vienna, Sadler's Wells London, Théâtre de la Ville Paris

With the support of Dance Reflections by Van Cleef & Arpels
and the Tax Shelter of the Belgian Federal Government, in collaboration with Casa Kafka Pictures –Belfius. Rosas is supported by the Flemish Community and the Flemish Community Commission (VGC). 


   (The Mountain)

ATLAS / THE MOUNTAIN is the first part of a new trilogy by Radouan Mriziga, inspired by mythological stories from the Amazigh culture, and in particular those who have a close relationship with the Atlas Mountains in North Africa, in terms of spirituality, art, philosophy, craft, and science.

In ATLAS / THE MOUNTAIN, Mriziga has crafted a solo performance that delves into the intricate layers of significance surrounding the mountain's natural environment, as both a romantic and a political symbol, offering refuge and protection during times of war and oppression.


Choreographer and Performer  Radouan Mriziga 
Coordination  Synda Jebali  
Assistant  Mohamed Ridha Ben Khoud  
Sound Creation  Zouheir Atbane  
Costume  Salah Barka with the assistance of Emna Bououn and Rim Abbes

Production  L’Art Rue & A7LA5
Co-production   Festival d'Automne à Paris (Paris- FR), De Singel (Antwerp - BE), Theater Freiburg (Freiburg - DE)


Imperial history often relies on the idea of temporality, assigning discrete units of time to the past, present, and future. Radouan Mriziga, however, seeks to challenge this narrow view of time in his work exploring Libya through performance, dance, rap, stories, language, and song. Through his art, Mriziga seeks to reappropriate history, connecting it to the present and opening it up to a range of perspectives.

The legacy of North African crafts, inventions, science, cultures, and philosophy is traditionally passed down through the energy of nine performers. This legacy resonates with Mriziga's family and with forms of Western knowledge, and is celebrated in a human and artistic epic. Rather than being didactic or documentary, pedagogical or anthropological, Mriziga's work seeks to create a non-imperial potential history, one that can be experienced as a single unit and continuity of knowledge and universal flow.


Concept & Choreography  Radouan Mriziga    
With & 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 &  Lila John
Light design  Radouan Mriziga
Poem contribution  ‘I fled this realm’ by Asmaa Jama
Assistance  Aïcha Ben Miled, Nada Khomsi, Khalil Jegham

Production  A7LA5 vzw, L'Art Rue/ Dream City
Coproduction  Festival de Marseille, L’Art Rue, deSingel, Abu Dhabi Cultural Foundation, C-Mine, Moussem Nomadic Arts Center
Residencies  Kaaitheater Brussels, L’Art Rue Tunis

With the support of  Flemish Government


   (The Earth)

Can choreography close the gaps in our historical memory?
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.

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Ayur (The Moon)
Akal (he Earth)


   (The Moon)

In the 19th century racism, colonialism, anti-Semitism, patriarchy and nationalism were decisive in shaping societies. Every kind of knowledge that did not correspond to the ‘civilized’, was consistently destroyed but these erased narratives still influence our present.

Ayur (The Moon) is the second part of a trilogy that focuses on the semantics and mythologies of the Imazighen, the indigenous populations of North Africa. Ayur/Tanith, goddess associated to the moon in the punic Carthage, is as a solo by and with Tunisian dancer Sondos Belhassen based on texts written by the poet Lilia Ben Romdhane and rapper Mahdi Chammen “Massi”.

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Tafukt (The Sun)