© Sinda Jebali

Akal 


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 was ignored for centuries, but for Mriziga it contains the seed of a new future. Each piece of this trilogy is focused on mythological female figures of 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 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.


CREDITS 

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

Assistance 
Rania Barhoumi

Production 
A7LA5 vzw

Distribution
Something Great

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

Residencies
Kaaitheater, deSingel, Festival de Marseille & Kunstenwerkplaats Pianofabriek

Special thanks to
Sharjah Art Foundation

Funded by
De Vlaamse Overheid