Mathieu Charles has been active in the Flemish spoken word and hip-hop scene for years, but recently also made a name for himself as a theater maker. His first performance Fanon Mixtape is an ode to the revolutionary philosopher and freedom fighter Frantz Fanon, but also an extremely personal exploration of urgent themes such as (de)colonization, anti-racism and identity. How does our colonial past seep into the 21st century? And how do you navigate in a white world as a person of color?
Charles’ collage of theater texts, spoken word and rap was received with acclaim. De Theaterkrant concluded: “Fanon Mixtape is a brilliant performance that portrays the alienation of a scion from a colonial society in a rare, penetrating way. (…) This is theater like a fire letter, like a tidal wave, like a political statement.”
Concept, performance, scenography, light, sound and direction: Mathieu Charles
Artistic advice: Mike Van Alfen
Co-production: Mestizo Arts Platform / WIPCOOP
Executive producer: Mathieu Charles in collaboration with AnAku
Thanks to: Emma-Lee Amponsah, Shari Aku Legbedje, Anastasia Tchernokondratenko, Nadia Benabdessamad, Maarten van Hinte, Marjorie Boston, Sibo Kanobana