Mamela Nyamza (South Africa) – Hatched @ Abrons Arts Center
Sep 20 @ 8:00 pm
New Dance 2009. Prog. 9 Wits Theatre, Johannesburg. 'Hatched' choregraphed, directed and performed by Mamela Nyamza. Photograph : John Hogg

‘Hatched’ choregraphed, directed and performed by Mamela Nyamza. Photograph : John Hogg

HATCHED, created and performed by South African artist Mamela Nyamza, is an autobiographical work that seeks to convey deeply personal and challenging issues of culture, tradition, and a woman’s evolving sexuality within the customary rites and rituals of marriage. Telling the story of a woman faced with a life of dualism—between countries, identities, relationships—Nyamza is battling with her identity as a mother, while still clinging on to her life as a performer. But Nyamza also faces another conflict, as a South African woman performing in Western/European contexts. Nyamza addresses this by juxtaposing movement vocabulary and accompaniment from both cultures, referencing classical Western music and dance, and also traditional African vocal scores and grounded movement. Nyamza has created a poignant story that speaks to feelings of conflict with one’s own identity and questioning where we belong in the world.

The performance by Mamela Nyamza is part of an African diasporic focus curated by Marýa Wethers featuring work that confronts questions of identity within Black and queer contexts from international and intergenerational perspectives.

Post-Show Discussion with Mamela Nyamza moderated by Marýa Wethers.

This performance is made possible with support from The Africa Contemporary Arts Consortium, a program of MAPP International Productions.

Co-presented with 651 Arts