The Continuum of Time
In Libya, Marrakech-born choreographer Radouan Mriziga orchestrates a radiant work that turns history inside out and restores our collective memory. The stage becomes a temporal continuum where ancient wisdom is revived and stories once forgotten, repressed, or excluded are reborn at last under the light of the stars.
Wisdom is an act of sharing in Libya: it is created through encounters and collaborations between different kinds of knowledge. Via the bodies and voices of eight astounding performers, the vast matriarchal heritage of the Mediterranean Imazighen people becomes the starting point for combining diverse practices and traditions on stage—hip-hop, poetry, song, contemporary dance, rhythmic percussion. In this human fresco that gives life and movement to the act of transmission, dancing leads to knowing and mutual understanding. Dancing together takes us beyond time and changes the world.
Produced by A7LA5 vzw + L’Art Rue / Dream City
Conceived and choreographed by Radouan Mriziga
Created with and performed by Sondos Belhassen + Mahdi Chammem + Hichem Chebli + Bilal El Had + Maïté Minh Tâm Jeannolin + Senda Jebali + Feteh Khiari + Dorothée Munyaneza
Set Design Radouan Mriziga
Costume Design Anissa Aidia + Lila John
Lighting Design Radouan Mriziga
Poem Asmaa Jama, I fled this realm
Assistants Aïcha Ben Miled + Nada Khomsi + Khalil Jegham
Management Something Great
International Distribution Rui Silveira – Something Great
Tour Manager Luca Napoli – Something Great
Co-produced by Festival de Marseille + L’Art Rue (Tunis) + deSingel (Antwerp) + Abu Dhabi Cultural Foundation + C-Mine (Genk) + Moussem Nomadic Arts Center (Anderlecht)
With the support of Flemish Government
Residencies Kaaitheater (Bruxelles) + L’Art Rue (Tunis)
Premiered at la Friche la Belle de Mai, Festival de Marseille, on June 29, 2022
Presented in association with Usine C
Written by Myriam Stéphanie Perraton-Lambert
Translated by David Dalgleish
About the artist
Radouan Mriziga (Marrakesh + Brussels) A7LA5 vzw
A choreographer hailing from Marrakech, Mriziga is a custodian of ancestral knowledge and the stories of those excluded from dominant narratives. His interests include Amazigh studies and the creation of functional and imaginary spaces.
Radouan Mriziga creates forms that are both dances and ideas—forms that reflect on and reclaim the meaning of our history, our current era, and the time we share together. A choreographer hailing from Marrakech, Mriziga is a custodian of ancestral knowledge and the stories of those excluded from dominant narratives. His interests include Amazigh studies and the creation of functional and imaginary spaces. His works have been described as “performed knowledge,” turning dance into a vehicle for disseminating and sharing wisdom. Highly sophisticated and complex both formally and conceptually, they are also powerful emotional experiences.
In 2014, after studying in Tunisia and graduating from P.A.R.T.S. in Brussels, Mriziga soon made a name for himself in the dance world with his choreographic performances and installations inspired by crafts and architecture, such as 55 (2014), 7 (2017), and 0 (2019). While artist-in-residence at Kaaitheater in Brussels from 2017 to 2021, he created 3600 (2016), in which four performers erect a new world in 3,600 seconds, guided by Islamic art and modern architecture. Radically anti-colonial, his artistic project is driven by a lucid approach that questions the limitations of neo-liberal society while pursuing the creation of a more expansive, multi-dimensional world. Libya celebrates the body as a bearer of knowledge and memories that are identified as universal.
« Ni didactique ni documentaire, ni pédagogique ni anthropologique, la nouvelle création de Radouan Mriziga interroge la notion de « savoir ». […] Le danseur et chorégraphe a souhaité honorer son héritage à la lumière de ses savoirs familial et occidental en s’investissant corps et âme dans une « épopée » humaine et artistique. »
SceneWeb.fr (France), 2022-04-30