Radouan Mriziga [MA]
In recent years, Radouan Mriziga has developed a remarkably coherent and rich oeuvre. In performances like 55
(Alkantara Festival 2016) and 3600
, Mriziga investigates the relationship between dance, the act of building, and the origins of architecture and sculpture, connecting the moving body as measurement and maker to the expression of architectural drawings and constructions. Starting with the functionality of the body-performer and simple tasks, he searches for dance material in modern architecture and design principles, such as form following from function, and in art from Islamic cultures. From the later, he borrows a sense of mathematical precision, esthetic harmony, and symbolism, where the craftsperson who creates geometric patterns is artist, engineer, philosopher, designer, and performer of the golden ratio.
, he adds a layer of mystery and imagination by evoking the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. These feats of architecture and imagination, of which only the Great Pyramid of Giza still stands, mark the victory of humankind over its physical limits and the laws of nature. Each period has its wonders - impossible ideas that are somehow still built, each time higher and more impressive than what existed before. But how wonderful is the little human body that imagines and realizes all this greatness; how endlessly more mysterious and beautiful than those giants with which we surround ourselves. In 7
, Mriziga puts the two scales side by side - that of the built world, made to impress, and that of the ultimate world wonder: the human body.
Don't miss Radouan Mriziga in conversation with Thomas Walgrave on May 26 at 18h (Meeting Point/Espaço Alkantara)