7 is the conclusion of a Radouan Mriziga’s trilogy (55 – 3600 – 7). The three pieces focus on the relationship between dance, building and architecture. Mriziga connects the moving body to the expression of architectural and sculptural forms. In 7, he enriches this relationship by adding mystery and imagination, inspired by the mythology of the seven wonders of the ancient world. These architectural and artistic tours de force – of which only the pyramids at Giza survive – mark the victory of humanity over its physical limitations and the laws of nature.
Every age has its wonders of the world: the impossible that people still manage to build – bigger and more impressive than anything we’d seen before. But how remarkable is the small body that invents and creates all these colossuses? How infinitely more mysterious and beautiful is it than the giants with which we surround ourselves? Mriziga juxtaposes two benchmarks: the built environment, made to impress, and the ultimate wonder of the world: the human body itself.
All images © Beniamin Boar
Choreographer and dancer Radouan Mriziga studied dance in Marrakech and Tunisia and continued his trajectory at PARTS in Brussels. Interested in the relationship between the body and its surroundings, it is architecture that provides the common thread in his work. Since 2014, he has been supported by the Nomadic Arts Centre Moussem, and he recently founded his own structure, A7la5. He is an artist-in-residence at Kaaitheater.
23rd & 24th October 2020
Concept/choreography Radouan Mriziga
Co-created and performed by Radouan Mriziga, Maïté Jeannolin, Bruno Freire, Eleni-Ellada Damianou, Lana Schneider, Zoltán Vakulya and Jalil El Yazidi (in replacement of Suhad Najm Abdullah)
In collaboration with the visual artist: Lana Schneider
Musician Jalil El Yazidi (originally performed by Suhad Najm Abdullah)
Costume Annabelle Locks
Dramaturgical advice Esther Severi
Artistic advice Alina Bilokon
Assistant Sara Chéu
Production Moussem Nomadic Arts Center
Distribution and tour managementSomething Great
Co-production: Kaaitheater, Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Sharjah Art Foundation, C-Mine, Vooruit, Pact Zollverein
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, Charleroi Danses Centre Chorégraphique de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles, STUK