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The mythologies of the Imazighen, the indigenous people of North Africa, form the starting point of AKAL, which Radouan Mriziga brings to the Reithhalle stage. Rap meets traditional rituals, contemporary movement meets traditional dance - performed, rapped, sung and narrated with engaging intensity by Rwandan dancer, choreographer and singer Dorothée Munyaneza. With dance and song, the piece pays homage to a figure who embodies and transmits Imazighen culture: the Egyptian goddess Neith. Neith is the goddess of war, the mother of the gods, and her almighty powers make her altogether terrifying. Sometimes she is associated with the creation of the world, but always with death, for it is she who accompanies the souls of the departed to the world beyond.

In collaboration with Culturescapes 2023 Sahara.

Duration: 60 minutes

Q&A after the performance on 25.11.


Radouan Mriziga was born in Marrakech in 1985 and currently lives in Brussels. In 2014 he created his first solo 55, which is still touring, followed by 3600 (2016), 7 (2017) and 0 (2019). In these works, he explores dance through the prism of both European and Islamic architecture. Since 2019, Mriziga has developed a trilogy of works inspired by the culture and history of the Amazigh, the indigenous people* of North Africa. From 2017 to 2021 he was artist in residence at the Kaaitheater in Brussels, and from 2021 to 2025 he is artist in residence at deSingel in Antwerp.


Concept and choreography  

Radouan Mriziga


Dorothée Munyaneza

Choreography Assistance

Maïté Minh Tâm Jeannolin & Sondos Belhassen

Assistant Director

Esther Severi

Research Assistance

Hajar Ibnouthen


Tewa Barnosa & Radouan Mriziga

Visual Arts

Tewa Barnosa

Lighting Design

Estelle Gautier

Costume Design

Lila John

Technical Direction

Estelle Gautier

Sound Engineer

Milan Van Doren

Poem contribution

I fled this realm by Asmaa Jama


Rania Barhoumi


A7LA5 vzw


Something Great


DeSingel, Kaaitheater, Tanzquartier Wien, PACT Zollverein, Festival de Marseille, Walker Art Center, Wexner Center for the Arts, Contemporary Arts Center and Cultuurcentrum C-Mine


Supported by De Vlaamse Overheid