Photographs: Tafukt © Estelle Valente, 2020. Courtesy of São Luiz Teatro Municipal, Alkantara Festival 2020. 


Can dance be a tool of resistance to rethink the current model and imagine a more inclusive future? Tafukt is a dance solo created by Radouan Mriziga, and the first part in a trilogy focusing on the semantics and mythologies of the Imazighen, the indigenous people of North Africa. Each part is devised for one dancer and centres on female figures who are guardians of the transmission of Amazigh knowledge. The goddess Athena, linking the cultures and histories on either side of the Mediterranean basin, lies at the heart of Tafukt. Lake Tritonis, located in what is now Libya, was Athena’s birthplace before she was adopted by the Greeks on the other side of the Mediterranean. While history books essentially focus on the Greeks, Egyptians and Arabs, the Imazighen are largely ignored and marginalised, despite the fundamental role they played in the region. 

Concept & choreography
Radouan Mriziga

Radouan Mriziga & Estelle Gautier

Dance & performance
Maïté Minh Tâm Jeannolin

Artistic assistant
Sondos Belhassen

Costume design
Lila John 

Poems and songs
Nisrine Mbarki, Dorothée Munyaneza, Hindi Zahra & Popytirz

El Hit by Dj VAN, Pain by Krtas Nssa & Awache N-haha

Light design
Estelle Gautier 

Dramaturgical support and text editing
Esther Severi

Research support
Hajar Ibnouthen & Esther Severi

Text references
Manifesto for Good Living/Buen Viver by Boaventura de Sousa Santos


Something Great

Kaaitheater, Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Moussem Nomadisch Kunstencentrum, PACT Zollverein, Alkantara, deSingel & Parallèle / L’Officina and Kanuti Gildi SAAL/ SAAL Biennaal festival within the frame of MORE THAN THIS – Creative Europe

With the support of
De Vlaamse Overheid

Thanks to
Kunstencentrum BUDA