Radouan Mriziga, 7

Saturday 22 Sep 2018 from 6pm to 7:30pm

Sunday 23 Sep 2018 from 1pm to 2:30pm, from 4pm to 5:30pm

Radouan Mriziga, <i>7</i>, Lafayette Anticipations, Paris, 2018
Radouan Mriziga, 7, Lafayette Anticipations, Paris, 2018 © Marc Domage

Radouan Mriziga addresses dance through the prism of architecture. Following precise protocols of choreographic construction, his performances make and unmake spaces for both his dancers and audiences alike. More often than not, Mriziga uses the bodies of his performers as his starting point. Putting them to use as measuring instruments, he creates shapes on the ground which recall the tradition of islamic geometric motifs.

7 is the last installment in a choreographic trilogy that Mriziga has developed using gestures and actions of construction to generate dance. This piece brings together six dancers and one musician around the fantasy of the seven wonders of the world and their disproportionate relationship with the human body. In this group piece, Mriziga confronts moving bodies with the symbolic power of architecture.

Readapted for Lafayette Anticipations’ spaces, 7 takes shape via a finely-crafted choreographic progression, which embraces the venue’s spatial features. It prompts the audience to continually adapt their perception of what they see before them, and to reconsider their own position within the space.

Concept / Choreography: Radouan Mriziga

Co-created and performed by Radouan Mriziga, Jalil El Yazidi, Eleni Ellada Damianou, Maïté Jeannolin, Youness Khoukhou, Lana Schneider and Zoltán Vakulya

Musician: Suhad Najm Abdullah

Costume: Annabelle Locks
Dramaturgical advice: Esther Severi
Artistic advice: Alina Bilokon
Image: Maïté Álvarez
Assistant: Sara Chéu
Thanks to: Jozef Wouters

Moussem Nomadic Arts Center (Brussels - BE)

Distribution & Tour Management
Something Great (Berlin - DE)

Co-production Kaaitheater (Brussels - BE), Kunstenfestivaldesarts (Brussels- BE), Sharjah Art Foundation (Sharjah - UAE), C-Mine cultuurcentrum Genk (Genk - BE), Vooruit (Ghent - BE), PACT Zollverein (Essen - DE) In the context of European Network DNA (Departures and Arrivals) co-funded by the Creative Europe Program of the European Union In collaboration with: Kunstenwerkplaats Pianofabriek (Brussels - BE), Charleroi Danses Centre Chorégraphique de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles (Charleroi - BE), STUK - House for Dance, Image & Sound (Leuven - BE)

First performed on the 17th of May 2017 at the Kaaitheater (Brussels) as part of the Kunstenfestivaldesarts.

Saturday, September 22 at 8pm and Sunday, September 23 at 3pm and 6pm
Running time: 77 minutes
Radouan Mriziga, 7 / Echelle Humaine
Radouan Mriziga studied dance in Marrakech and in Tunisia before completing his training at P.A.R.T.S, from which he graduated in 2012.
Since 2014, the year of his first solo performance, ~55, which used his own body as a yardstick for a space that unfolded under the gaze of the audience, Mriziga has shown his work in many European festivals (Kunstenfestivaldesarts in Brussels, Tanzquartier in Vienna) as well as at biennials and international contemporary art events (Biennale de Marrakech, Sharjah March Meeting).