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 & Estelle Gautier
Dance & performance
Maïté Minh Tâm Jeannolin
Poems and songs
Nisrine Mbarki, Dorothée Munyaneza, Hindi Zahra & Popytirz
El Hit by Dj VAN, Pain by Krtas Nssa & Awache N-haha
Dramaturgical support and text editing
Hajar Ibnouthen & Esther Severi
Manifesto for Good Living/Buen Viver by Boaventura de Sousa Santos
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