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Mamela Nyamza
BLACK PRIVILEGE
Performance, Dance
Dates
20. May
Wednesday
Time: 7pm
 
21. May
Thursday
Time: 7pm
 
22. May
Friday
Time: 7pm
 
© Chris de Beer
© Chris de Beer

    Sitting on a two-metre high throne, Mamela Nyamza is pushed into the room by a master of ceremonies. She interrupts the logic of value judgements and forces the audience to raise its gaze upwards, towards her. Who is passing judgement on whom?
    The performance Black Privilege addresses structural inequalities and privileges. Its title was deliberately chosen by the choreographer, curator and activist born in Cape Town to be understood as a question. Nyamza’s works represent an art that is not conditional on the white person’s gaze. She refuses to accept categories. Black Privilege is a ritual and a court hearing. Nyamza invokes: various facets of strong women. She accuses: the atrocities perpetrated by powerful people. Spirituality and law begin to blur. Rejected and unrecognised heroines of the African struggle for independence are resurrected, judged, and celebrated.

    • Artistic Team

      Concept, Choreography, Direction Mamela Nyamza With Mamela Nyamza, Sello Pesa Dramaturgy Sello Pesa Costume Linda Mandela Lights, Stage Wilhelm Disbergen

    • Production

      A commission by Ruhrtriennale Coproduction PACT Zollverein (Essen), National Arts Festival (Makhanda)

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