From Molenbeek with Love
From Molenbeek with Love is the first solo performance by choreographer and dancer Yassin Mrabtifi. The performance is a vulnerable quest of a young person trying to reconcile different identities, in search of acceptance. It is also an ode to the love one can feel for someone else. Dance is Mrabtifi’s language and tool. A language that is constantly in motion, like Yassin himself. It is a tool with which he asks questions, reflects, redefines, tells stories, forges bonds, and seeks beauty.
In recent years, Molenbeek has been portrayed in a mainly negative way. After the Paris and Brussels attacks, the municipality was all of a sudden seen as a breeding ground for extremism. How do you, as a Molenbekenaar, deal with stigmas?
As a Moroccan in Belgium you are taught from an early age on how to behave, and how to assimilate. You cast off the different layers which make up your cultural identity, just because this is how society wants it to be. What is left is an inferiority complex toward to the “white model citizen”.
In From Molenbeek With Love, Mrabtifi tries to deconstruct and rebuild the puzzle that is identity. He contrasts the way the outside world sees young people like him with his personal development and the need to be noticed. Improvisation is an important element in this performance, something unique is built up in every representation.
The dance comes together in the moment like a puzzle. Whilst dancing, he slowly rediscovers the pieces that got lost: his soft side, his feminine side, his spiritual side. Every performance will feel different. Dancing equals looking for nuance, discovering and discarding different layers. Mrabtifi is in constant metamorphosis, forced to assimilate. He looks for a way to enter into a dialogue with the audience, shy one moment, annoyed or confused the next. The performance is also a quest for love, steering away from all that is elitist and going towards a pure form of sharing something in the here and the now. A vulnerable invitation to look beyond the prejudices that we all have.
Subbacultcha – Yassin Mrabtifi (Eng)
Le Soir – J’ai vu plein de jeunes devenir fous (Fr)
BRUZZ – Yassin Mrabtifi: Le Frankenstein de Molenbeek (Fr)
De Tijd – Een kameleon uit Molenbeek (Nl)
L’Echo – From Molenbeek with Love (Fr)
La Libre Belgique – La danse comme un cri, d’un gars de Molenbeek (Fr)
RTBF Culture – “From Molenbeek with Love”: le corps comme trait d’union (Fr)
BrusselBlogt – From Molenbeek with Love (Nl)
- Concept, choreography, dance: Yassin Mrabtifi
- Artistic advice: Moya Michael & Greet Van Poeck
- Lighting design: Gert Van Hyfte
- Original music & sound design: Simon Callier
- Costume design: Heidi Ehrhart / KVS
- Set design: Yassin Mrabtifi
- Set construction: Decoratelier KVS
- Production Manager: Hanne De Valck
- Production: Kosmonaut
- 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, Flemish Community Commission (VGC) & the Flemish Community
- Special thanks to: RIGHTABOUTNOW.INC
- Thanks to: Ruth Bruyneel, Tunde Adefioye & Hari Prasad A. Sacré
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...