Youness Atbane & Youness Aboulakoul

The Architects


Nominated for the ZKB Acknowledgement Prize and the ZKB Audience Prize

A potted plant, a cup, a book, a chair, a lamp, a bottle - these were the few items that the once-high-paid traders removed from their offices on Wall Street, in 2008, at the height of their financial crisis had been fired. This paradoxical image has inspired the visual artist and choreographer Youness Atbane and the choreographer and sounds designer Youness Aboulakoul to create a choreographic duet in which they cleverly and with biting humor question the relationships between object, art and crisis. Refined and highly imaginative, they repeatedly undermine the expectable interplay of movement, objects and language, and capture the absurdity of the art market and its geopolitical characteristics in surprising, memorable sequences and images. The multidisciplinary artist Youness Atbane, who lives in Casablanca and Berlin, has been experimenting for a long time in the field between visual art and dance. His installations and performances are shown in galleries as well as on stage. Youness Aboulakoul, sounds designer and also performer who has collaborate with different choreographers including Radhouane El Meddeb, Bernardo Montet, Olivier Dubois and Christian Rizz.

Artistic direction and cast

KonzeptYouness Atbane
PerformanceYouness Aboulakoul, Youness Atbane
Ton & MusikkompositionYouness Aboulakoul
TechnikAziz Nadif
LichtZouheir Atbane
AssistenzAnna Weissenfels 


KoproduktionMoussem Nomadic Art Center, The Arab Fund for Arts and Culture (AFAC) Partner Institut français Maroc, Friche la Belle de Mai, Le cube Art Room Rabat
PremiereKaaistudio’s Brüssel, Februar 2018
FotoGerhard F. Ludwig

Rote Fabrik, Shedhalle

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40 mins



An inclusive event

accessible with wheelchair


Youness Atbane wir am Di 21.8. am Stammtisch teilnehmen.



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