55 by Radouan Mriziga at Sharjah Biennal, Beirut (LB)
What information does the artist wish to share with the spectator? Do you provide a lot or a little information? And what are you trying to achieve by this: do you want to convey the meaning of the work or in fact keep it vague? In his solo, the choreographer and dancer Radouan Mriziga* constantly plays with the perspective and expectations of the spectator. He sets himself several basic tasks. By carrying them out, he creates ‘forms’, but he also puts himself in an increasingly complex situation.
'55' is the first creation by choreographer and dancer Radouan Mriziga, and the first part of a trilogy produced by Moussem Nomadic Arts Centre, in which he examines the relationship between dance and architecture and portrays man as a balancing act between mind, body and spirit. The second part of the trilogy '3600' was created in 2016. The third part '7' premiered at the Kunstenfestivaldesarts in 2017.
His first creation, '55', is a perfect demonstration of the way in which he has turned the hybrid influences of his dance into a personal language, somewhere between sobriety and sensuality, concept and physicality, structure and sentiment. In '55', a new version which will be specifically created for the Bâtiment Dynastie in Brussels, Mriziga is responsible for everything: dance, sound and lighting. '55', like the 55 minutes of an “architectural” show constructed on the number five and the measurements of a dancer’s body. Fascinated by an artisan’s gestures in which movement is organised to serve production, Mriziga uses his body as a tool to produce a pattern on the floor. The forms appear almost inevitably from the relationship between his anatomy and the given space. But here, the rationalist less is more is not incompatible with the aesthetic and emotional delight derived from the ornamental… Superb! - Kunstenfestivaldesarts 2015
Concept and performance Radouan Mriziga
Assistance: Alina Bilokon
Acknowledgements: Moussem team, Alina Bilokon, Youness Khoukhou, Bart Meuleman, Steven De Belder
Production Moussem Nomadic Arts Centre (Brussels - BE)
Co-production C-mine (Genk - BE), WP Zimmer (Antwerp - BE) In collaboration with Cultuurcentrum Berchem (Berchem - BE), Pianofabriek (Saint-Gilles - BE), O Espaço do Tempo (Montemor-o-Novo - PT), STUK - House for Dance, Image and Sound (Leuven - BE)
Distribution. Something Great (Berlin - DE)
Uniting structure with the sentiment, Mr. Mriziga is creating striking patterns of his own.
New York Times
Singulier, limite abstrus. Fascinant, aussi.
Composition minimaliste, le solo 55 se montre pourtant tout en sensation et en émotion
Photo: 55 by Radouan Mriziga © Benjamin Boar
• Radouan Mriziga (1985) is a choreographer and dancer from Morocco, currently living and working in Brussels. After studying dance in Morocco, Tunisia, and France, Radouan Mriziga graduated from PARTS in Brussels. Fairly quickly he began to focus on his own work, creating his first solo, 55, followed by the group piece 3600 in 2016, and in 2017 another group piece called 7. His works have been touring in major festivals and theatres worldwide. His performances explore the relationship between movement, construction, and composition. Focusing on human beings as the makers of their surroundings, Mriziga’s choreographies forge links between the body in motion and the expression of form in everyday materials and the architecture of our built environment. Mriziga is an artist-in-residence at Moussem Nomadic Arts Centre, the producer of "55", "7" and "3600", and between 2017-2021 at the Kaaitheater (Brussels).
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