From Molenbeek with Love
In From Molenbeek with Love, Yassin Mrabtifi will be appearing alone on stage for the first time. As a man, choreographer and dancer, he looks for ways of interacting with and building bridges between people and communities. Yassin also really seeks out this interaction and engages in conversation with the audience on society and identity, on the influence art has on them, on Molenbeek, his home neighbourhood in Brussels, and much more.
Dance is Yassin’s language and tool. It is a language infected by hip hop, vogueing, contemporary dance and stand-up comedy. An accessible and highly personal blend that he links to film and martial arts. A language that is constantly in motion, exactly like Yassin himself. And it is a tool with which he asks questions, reflects, breaks down, builds up, redefines, tells stories, forges bonds, and seeks beauty.
“I am Yassin Mrabtifi. I am a Muslim. I am Moroccan. I am Belgian. I am a choreographer. I am a dancer. Or I am a choreographer, dancer and Muslim. Am I Belgian first and then Moroccan? Or am I not any of these things? Perhaps I am in the first place the son of, the brother of.
I live in Molenbeek. I was born in this country. Just like you. And yet I feel different. Is that down to me? Or to you? Or neither of us? When do we talk to each other, rather than about each other? When do we dare to look each other straight in the eyes?”
In 2013, Yassin by chance found himself at an audition for Wim Vandekeybus / Ultima Vez for Talk to the Demon. Until that moment the street had been his dance school. He was selected: The Ultima Vez studios became his second home, the staff and dancers his second family. In earlier performances, Yassin had already been exploring themes like identity, community and society together with the audience, but Ultima Vez encouraged him to experiment further with various techniques to express what he wanted to say. It is from this space, an ideal place for a new quest for humanity and representation, that Yassin created his solo From Molenbeek with Love.
A sincere and tender dialogue, a quest for love from and for the other, beyond prejudice.
Subbacultcha paid a visit to Yassin to talk about From Molenbeek with love.
- Concept, choreography, dance: Yassin Mrabtifi
- Artistic advice: Moya Michael & Greet Van Poeck
- Lighting design: Gert Van Hyfte
- Original music & sound design: Simon Callier
- Set design: Danny Vandeput – Decoratelier / KVS
- Costume design: Heidi Ehrhart / KVS
- Executive production: Kosmonaut, Hanne De Valck
- Co-production: Ultima Vez / Life Long Burning (EU), KVS (Koninklijke Vlaamse Schouwburg), Centre culturel Jacques Franck & Pianofabriek KWP
- With support of: Culture Programme of the European Union, Darna vzw, RIGHTABOUTNOW.INC, VGC Brussel & Vlaamse Gemeenschap
- Thanks to: Ruth Bruyneel
About Yassin Mrabtifi
Yassin Mrabtifi has been dancing since the age of thirteen. He is an autodidact who is always in search of his own style. He draws inspiration from pop culture, contemporary dance, film, martial arts, hip-hop and oriental dance. Much like...