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Theatre & Dance
Irish Premiere

It is a cloth, which is becoming a flag, which is becoming art, then an identity, a policy, a film, a choreography and finally a history

We are in 2045, a time when current conflicts have ended. Artists’ archives become a source of knowledge for a new generation. Youness Atbane’s performance features in a future documentary film by a young film maker about the history of Moroccan art and the role of the artist in the early 21st century. The fictional film includes footage of the very performance we are watching. With lucid clarity and deadpan humour, The Second Copy takes a look at the dynamics of contemporary art, the role of institutions and the telling of history. Atbane makes us rethink the connections between objects, documentary and fiction in a museum context.

Programme change: Unfortunately a visa for a technical member of the production has not been granted, meaning that we cannot present Untitled 14km. However Youness has kindly agreed to present his critically acclaimed solo performance The Second Copy: 2045.

Post-show discussion: Youness Atbane will be joined immediately after the performance by Egyptian dance maker, Shaymaa Shoukry to discuss the arts scene in North Africa.

Note: Sales will close on our Box Office at 4pm on the day of the performance. Limited tickets available at The MAC.

Part of BIAF’s 2022 focus on artists from the Middle East and North Africa. Supported by the British Council.


  • Concept / Performer Youness Atbane
  • Assistance : Aziz Nadif & Zouheir Atbane
  • Support : Headlands Center for Arts, L’école De Littérature, Institut Français De Casablanca
  • Image by China Hopson


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Layered with meaning and surprisingly funny—a highlight of my week at the Edinburgh Fringe.

Amy Brady, American Theatre