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Fri 22.01.2021 - Fri 02.04.2021

Categoreez

Yassin Mrabtifi / Quetzal, Central & KVS
22.01.2021
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02.04.2021

Is it dance? A catwalk show? A party? Maybe it’s contemporary dance, hip-hop, vogueing? Don’t worry about pigeon-holes, this is Categoreez, a new piece in which dancer-choreographer Yassin Mraftibi creates a space where (sub)cultures and codes can mix, inspired by unstoppable evolutions in society and nature. 

Categoreez is inspired by Mraftibi’s fascination for vogueing, a form that comes from the ballroom scene. He’s intrigued by its parallels with hip-hop: both are underground cultures that grew out of similar contexts in New York around the same time. Both were an artistic means for oppressed minorities to stand up against the system and express themselves, yet they followed separate paths and hardly cross-fertilise at all. Hip-hop is a traditionally masculine culture; vogueing began in the African American Latinx LGBTQ+ community as a way of expressing different categories of masculinity and femininity. Mraftibi and the dancers he works with see it as natural to knock down some of the barriers between the two. And the symbolic reconciliation of catwalk and cypher – two distinct forms flowing from particular conditions – offers the audience an opportunity to express themselves without being fearful of another’s gaze. 

Mrabtifi: “People make up rules to divide and categorise, but life is stronger than human will. Weeds grow without asking permission and our climate is at work everywhere: winds rush through cities and forests without discriminating. Are we really going to spend the last days of the apocalypse gazing at the things which divide us?”

Yassin Mraftibi is a KVS face and, as dancer and choreographer, has been part of many traditions. He emerged in the hip-hop scene through an audition with Ultima Vez and toured the world with Wim Vandekeybus. In his own work, he combines urban and contemporary dance with references from pop culture, creating a language of movement that blends the masculine and the feminine.

Categoreez is a celebration of freedom – not as an abstract ideal for the future but as a celebration of the here and now, the art of the moment.

© Danny Willems

Credits

CONCEPT & CHOREOGRAFIE / CONCEPT & CHORÉGRAPHIE / CONCEPT & CHOREOGRAPHY Yassin Mrabtifi ASSISTENT CHOREOGRAFIE / ASSISTANT CHORÉGRAPHIE / ASSISTANT CHOREOGRAPHY Brahim Rashiki VERHAAL / HISTOIRE / STORY Florentin Crouzet-Nico MET / AVEC / WITH Ines Bafdili, Lila Magnin, Naim Belhaloumi, Alae-Eddine Belmiloudi MUZIEK / MUSIQUE / MUSIC Les garçons LICHTONTWERP / CONCEPTION LUMIÈRES / LIGHTING DESIGN Florentin Crouzet-Nico DRAMATURGIE / DRAMATURGY Kristin Rogghe ASSISTENT DRAMATURGIE / ASSISTANT DRAMATURGIE / ASSISTANT DRAMARTUGY Lena Vercauteren PRODUCTIELEIDING / DIRECTEUR DE PRODUCTION / PRODUCTION DIRECTOR Quinten Pouliart PRODUCTIE / PRODUCTION Quetzal asbl COPRODUCTIE / COPRODUCTION KVS, Central La Louvière RESIDENTIES / RÉSIDENCES / RESIDENCIES Ultima Vez, KVS, Central

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