1.11 – 21h00
.・゜English and Lingala
“The message that is given through movement is a co-operation between the realm above us and the one that we’re in.”
“In my work, I start from the need to dive into different dimensions; realms where my experience and existence are the point of departure. A choice in how I want to portray myself within space to reclaim power. At the same time, I aim to participate in storytelling in an authentic way. This approach leads me to create work that I would have wanted to see when I was younger and at the same time change the narratives that are often associated with my existence” Christian Yav
Christian Yav, originally from Congo, is a movement artist, model and musician.
He was born in Belgium (1993).
Throughout the years Yav has worked as a dancer with various choreographers in the contemporary dance field.
Mid-2018 Christian started his career as a choreographer.
He was featured as an artist for VOGUE, NL, I-D, GLAMCULT and NUMERO NETHERLANDS.
In 2020 Yav was mentioned in the ‘NRC TOP 101 LIST’ upcoming talent in the category Dance.
Since mid-21 Yav started composing his own music for his own projects.
Yav worked as a model with brands like Armani and Marc Jacobs.
Christian also took part in BLACK IS KING, a film by Beyonce, as choreographer and dancer.
Yav also worked as a movement director for Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger and Daily Paper.
August ’21 Christian premiered his latest performance work Movements of Soul.
Concept, choreography & execution Christian Yav Styling Christian Yav Costumes Trailer Bodil Ouédraogo Music Christian Yav Text K Yav MBWAMB & Christian Yav Thanks to Simone Zeefuik, Bijlmer Parktheater, Cherish Menzo, Courtney May, Brandon Maceo & R.DK
photo credits TEY TEY ELIAS
part 2 · magic sells · Performing Arts Festival · Brussels · Bâtard 2023 ©
The show on the first evening (15th April) is a separatistic evening for people of the global majority/BIPOC. So please only book that evening if you identify with those terms. The show on the 16th of April is open for all. ---- We, Adam and Amina Seid Tahir, see how the terms BIPOC and people of color are less fortunate in their attempts of combating white supremacist andimperialistic ideologies, since they form in relation to whiteness (those ”not of color”) and therefore keeps whiteness as the norm. We rather use the term people of the global majority since we aren’t interested in identifying in relation to whiteness or white supremacy. ---- The term Global Majority was coined by Rosemary Campbell-Stephens. ”Global Majority refers to people who are Black, Asian, Brown, dual-heritage, indigenous to the global south, and or have been racialised as 'ethnic minorities’.” 1 This term was created for people of the global majority to not have to identify in relation to whiteness and to emphasize the fact that these groups make up the majority of the world’s population, specifically 80%. ---- The reason for choosing to use the term BIPOC despite this, is because we’re aware that the term people of the global majority hasn’t received as widespread attention yet. And since our main goal for this showing is to welcome our siblings from the global majority for a showing without the presence of a white colonial gaze, we choose to use the term that seems to be most commonly used in this festivals locality. ---- 1. Global Majority; Decolonising the language and Reframing the Conversation about Race” by Rosemary Campbell-Stephens, 2020