De-Apart-Hate

Choreographer, dance artist and activist, Mamela Nyamza, brings her acclaimed and confrontational work to the Baxter. Known for her direct and confrontational artistic works about interaction and introspection of who we are, this production showcases her unique approach to dance and performance that is driven by her constant endeavours to challenge herself and the world that she lives in. Having just returned from the Afrovibes Festival in Amsterdam, and the Spielart das Festival in Germany, De-Apart-Hate transfers to the Baxter from 24 to 28 October.

De-Apart-Hate

Tue 24 Oct @ 19:30 – Book here
Wed 25 Oct @ 19:30 – Book here
Thu 26 Oct @ 19:30 – Book here
Fri 27 Oct @ 19:30 – Book here
Sat 28 Oct @ 15:00 – Book here
Nyamza returns to the stage to perform De-Apart-Hate with Aphiwe Livi. It is a layered piece that reflects complexities of current issues in society and the world. It is not overtly about apartheid, nor is it overtly about race. The two-hander confronts the oppressive, prejudiced and intolerant forces that exist in the world and uses religion to symbolise all the pervasiveness of oppressive and divisive forces that infiltrate all society. It is about unsteadiness, anxiety and edginess. It is about shifting, shuffling, re-adjusting discomforts as well as personal and collective battles against intolerant systems. The work goes to the heart of embodying defiance, desperation, dismantling and detonation of all institutional myths and fallacies that keep people apart. In 2014 Mamela received the Glamour Award for Best Creator owing to her refreshingly innovative choreography and performance in the art of dance. No stranger to rejection and ‘the other”, she was formally trained in classical ballet, but because of her athletic body she never quite fit in.

She explains, “I was consistently ridiculed by my childhood peers for my physically athletic frame and the ultimate rebuke and rejection came from my classical ballet teachers. So, I was inevitably drawn to the politics of the body.” Nyamza tackles the status quo of classical dance by unapologetically demystifying and deconstructing both the traditional methods and logic of ballet. Mamela is continuing to develop her own artistic practice and performance, by choreographing work-pieces that deal with important political and societal issues of today’s South Africa, works such as “I Stand Corrected” (against homophobia);“Wena Mamela” (against discrimination. Her latest works are artistic provocative works about interaction and introspection of who we are as people and artists in South Africa.

 

17 Oct - 28 Oct

Starts: 12:00 am

Dance / Golden Arrow Studio

Choreographer, dance artist and activist, Mamela Nyamza, brings her acclaimed and confrontational work to the Baxter. Known for her direct and confrontational artistic works about interaction and introspection of who we are, this production showcases her unique approach to dance and performance that is driven by her constant endeavours to challenge herself and the world that […]