© Sarah Mrabtifi

Categoreez

Yassin Mrabtifi / Quetzal, Central & KVS
Fri 25.02.2022 - Sat 26.02.2022
25.02.2022
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26.02.2022

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. 

'Are we really going to spend the last days of the apocalypse gazing at the things which divide us?'

Yassin Mrabtifi

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 Mrabtifi homes in on the categories our society is made up of or that are part of it, regardless of sensitivities or the road that brought someone here. Categories, minorities, loners or chameleons? Categoreez is an ode to freedom – not as an abstract ideal for the future, but as a celebration of the here and now, the art of the moment.

KVS face Yassin Mrabtifi has racked up a diverse back catalogue as a dancer and choreographer. He dances, creates, shares his knowledge through workshops and collaborates on various artistic projects – like Birds, a co-creation with Seppe Baeyens and Martha Balthazar. He is convinced of the importance of art for our society and brings his workshops to schools, where he lets pupils discover each other through movement. In his own work, he combines influences from urban and contemporary dance with references from pop culture. His movement language mixes male and female elements. He created this performance for and with Naim Belhaloumi, Justine Theizen and Alae-Eddine Belmiloudi. Musical duo Les Garçons helps transport the audience to higher realms.

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Dance

The cast

Alae-Eddine Belmiloudi

Justine Theizen

Naïm Belhaloumi

Yassin Mrabtifi

Credits

CONCEPT & CHOREOGRAFIE / CONCEPT & CHORÉGRAPHIE / CONCEPT & CHOREOGRAPHY Yassin Mrabtifi MET / AVEC / WITH Justine Theizen, Naim Belhaloumi, Alae-Eddine Belmiloudi MUZIEK / MUSIQUE / MUSIC Stef Heeren DRAMATURGIE / DRAMATURGY Kristin Rogghe ASSISTENT DRAMATURGIE / ASSISTANT DRAMATURGIE / ASSISTANT DRAMARTUGY Leila Burnotte PRODUCTIELEIDING / DIRECTRICE DE PRODUCTION / PRODUCTION DIRECTOR Chaella Nibigira PRODUCTIE / PRODUCTION Quetzal asbl COPRODUCTIE / COPRODUCTION KVS, Central/La Louvière RESIDENTIES / RÉSIDENCES / RESIDENCIES Ultima Vez, KVS, Central/La Louvière, Bronks DECOR- & LICHTONTWERP / CONCEPTION DE DÉCOR & LUMIÈRE / SET & LIGHT DESIGN Thomas Glorieux KOSTUUMONTWERP / CONCEPTION DE COSTUMES / COSTUME DESIGN Lieve Meeussen & Leila Burnotte