In the 19th century racism, colonialism, anti-Semitism and nationalism was significant in the shaping of society and in knowledge production. In this time every kind of indigenous or popular knowledge that did not correspond to that of the ‘civilized’, was consistently destroyed. These erased narratives still influence our present towards local and global contexts.
“Tafukt/The Sun/Athena” is a dance solo and the first part of a trilogy focused on epistemologies and mythology of the Tamazigh – the indigenous population of Northern Africa. The trilogy will concentrate on three female goddesses that are hybrids between cultures and histories: Nithe, Tanit and Athena.
Based on Tamazigh studies, the birthplace of Athena was Lake Tritonis in Libya, before she was adopted by the Greeks on other side of the Mediterranean. Extensive research into the origin of these epistemologies allows us to re-define, propose and dream the missing parts of certain essentials in history so as to challenge the current colonial and patriarchal canon. In this way, performance can function as a tool of resistance to carve out space for a new paradigm of reflections regarding the past, to arrive at a more inclusive future.
Radouan Mriziga (1985) is a choreographer and dancer from Marrakech, currently living and working in Brussels. After studying dance in Morocco, Tunisia and France, Radouan Mriziga graduated from P.A.R.T.S. in Brussels. Fairly quickly he began to focus on his own work and touring his creations worldwide. Mriziga is long-time artist-in-residence at Moussem Nomadic Arts Centre, and between 2017-2021 at Kaaitheater (Brussels).
MORE THAN THIS is a cooperation project among 6 festivals and cultural organisations with the collaboration of 5 associated partners and engaged 6 artists. MORE THAN THIS is a project that focuses on the contemporary performance as a fundamental tool to rethink the value of complexity, as a tool to challenge the crystallisation of single narratives and fixed identities, and a perfect specific space to work on displacement and hospitality.
Residency in Tallinn takes place within the MORE THAN THIS project that is supported by EU Creative Europe program and the Ministry of Culture of Estonia.