Thanks to New Music Edmonton, I had a chance to catch up with Mustafa Rafiq. Mustafa is an inspirational, boundary-breaking Edmonton-based performer whose solo work and collaborations have been crossing over from theatre to music, to spoken word, to dance, and back to theatre. Since our interview was conducted, Mustafa’s collaborative project, the Takleef Ensemble, has been added to the Winterruption schedule on April 2, 2022.

Our conversation has been posted as the first part of the Season Two launch of NME’s No Normal Podcast. Please also check out the second part, in which NME’s Ian Crutchley conducts a fantastic interview with Gerry Morita, whose always-evolving ideas about art and performance have made Mile Zero Dance a dynamic force on the arts scene in Edmonton.

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