Photographs: © Pol Guillard

Libya


The idea of temporality in imperial history claims that there are discrete units of time. There is the past, which is over, and there are the present and the future. So how can we construct a non-imperial potential history together? How can we experience time as a single unit and a continuity of knowledge and universal flow?

Neither didactic nor documentary, neither pedagogical nor anthropological, Libya by Radouan Mriziga explores the notion of “knowledge” through the energy of its nine performers. Somewhere between performance, dance and rap, Libya uses family history and History with a capital H to talk about memory and legacy via the body and art.

In North Africa, crafts, inventions, science, cultures and philosophy of the Amazighs are passed down and perpetuated traditionally through stories, language, dance and song. Radouan Mriziga wanted to celebrate this legacy, which also resonates with his family and with forms of Western knowledge through a human and artistic epic. It was a way for him to reappropriate History, to connect it to the present , and to share it, by opening it up to range of perspectives - Amazighs, all Mediterranean peoples, the world at large.



CREDITS

Choreographer
Radouan Mriziga    

Artist assistant
Nada Khomsi

Performers
Sondos Belhassen
Synda Jebali
Mehdi Chammam
Fatah Khiari Hichem Chebli
Maïté Minh Tâm Jeannolin
Dorothée Munyaneza
Youness Khoukhou


Production 
A7LA5 vzw
L'Art Rue/ Dream City

Management and Distribution
Something Great

In collaboration with
Festival de Marseille
deSingel
C-Mine
Les Ballets C de la B


With the support
Abu Dhabi Cultural Foundation
The Flemish Government