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