After the performance on Saturday, we'll invite you to a conversation with Brussels-based South African-born dancer, choreographer and artist Moya Michael and her friend, peer and former schoolmate Mamela Nyamza. They will discuss their herstories, their practices, and how their experiences have been and are shaped by the intersections of their Womanhood and Blackness.
w/ Black History Month Belgium
about Moya Michael
Since moving to Brussels from South Africa in 1997, Moya Michael has been an active contributor in the performing arts ecosystem in Belgium. She studied at P.A.R.T.S. until 2000, and then moved to London where she became a founding member of the Akram Khan Company. She returned to Belgium in 2005 to work with Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker and Rosas, where she performed in many original creations as well as repertoire, and she presently continues to teach repertoire for Rosas internationally. Moya has also worked with Sidi larbi Cherkaoui and Damien Jalet (Eastman) for Babel Words. Apart from making her won work, Moya continues to work with other choreographers such as Faustin Linyekula and Marten Spangberg. Asking questions about context and what one might refer to as “internal systems” and thinking critically about ones own body in space, inspires moya’s own work. Her research is deeply informed by collaborative and interdisciplinary methods, as well as the examination of notions of visibility and “blackness” in and out of Europe.
about Mamela Nyamza
The dancer, choreographer and activist Mamela Nyamza has caused quite a stir on the international scene for a number of years now. She consistently places her personal biography as a black African lesbian mother within the general debate about the failed rainbow nation of South Africa, where racism and machismo are both regaining strength along with the divisions between high and tribal culture and between different linguistic and tribal regions. Instead of rapprochement, reconciliation and the exchange of views, this remarkable artist born in Cape Town in 1976 detects greater compartmentalization, stricter racial separation and a climate of fear now exerting a firm grip over a national that was once a model of the post-colonial idea.
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MAMELA NYAMZA Black Privilege
PERFORMANCE / DANCE
Legal trial, spiritual ritual, dance performance. Mamela Nyamza invokes strong women and powerful figures from the struggle for South African independence.
FR 06.03 20:30
SA 07.03 20:30