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Can choreography bridge the gaps in our historical memory?  Akal (Tamazight for “Earth”) is the third piece of a trilogy by Radouan Mriziga, in which he draws inspiration from the epistemologies of the Imazighen, the indigenous people of North Africa. Their oral culture has been disregarded for centuries, but Mriziga sees it as the source of a new future. Each piece of the trilogy is focused on mythological female figures, who embody and protect the Amazigh culture.

In Akal, the muse is the ancient Egyptian goddess Neith, associated with birth and death, who guides the souls of the dead to the underworld.In this solo, Mriziga and Rwandan choreographer, dancer and singer Dorothée Munyaneza collaborate to celebrate Neith’s strength. Rituals, traditional dances, architecture, storytelling, song, poetry, rap: all come together in Akal in an intimate choreographic space. Here, a new view of a suppressed past allows us to envision a more inclusive future.


Concept and Choreography  
Radouan Mriziga

Made with and performed by
Dorothée Munyaneza

Choreographic assistants 
Maïté Minh Tâm Jeannolin
Sondos Belhassen

Dramaturgical support
Esther Severi

Research support 
Hajar Ibnouthen

Scenographic concept
Tewa Barnosa and Radouan Mriziga

Visual artwork
Tewa Barnosa

Light design
Estelle Gautier

Costume Design
Lila John

Technical Director
Estelle Gautier

Sound Technician 
Milan Van Doren

Poem contribution
‘I fled this realm’ by Asmaa Jama

Rania Barhoumi

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Something Great

DeSingelKaaitheaterTanzquartier WienPACT ZollvereinFestival de MarseilleWalker Art CenterWexner Center for the ArtsContemporary Arts Center and Cultuurcentrum C-Mine 

Kaaitheater, deSingel, Festival de Marseille & Kunstenwerkplaats Pianofabriek

Special thanks to
Sharjah Art Foundation

Funded by
De Vlaamse Overheid