African Gumbo is about celebrating Africa as a continent and its dynamic influences in the modern world through African and African Diaspora dances staged with 21st century interpretations. The month of May is celebrated as Africa month and it is an important event in the history of Africa. African Gumbo explores materials of decolonisation by focusing on telling Africa’s stories which are written by themselves and owned by themselves. This means ‘writing back’ against the ongoing colonialism and colonial mentalities that permeate our ways of being, education, media, government policies, and ‘common sense’. African Gumbo celebrates such a cause, through dance, African music, African cuisine and scholarly discussions in a resistive Nubian way…
Mahareng: The Passage of a Bird, based on a myth by Pule Welch and Samantha Nell, has been collaboratively made by the CTDPS 3rd year Acting students. The production considers migration and its associated challenges through tracing the passage of a bird that was born to a human King and Queen. The bird is forced to take on human qualities. When the nation realise that the boy-child is in fact a bird, they cast the King, Queen and their bird-child out. Their only hope is for their child to remember how to fly. They take him into the Land of the Dead to drink from the River of Remembrance. He remembers how to fly and carves a path of stars through the sky for his parents to follow. However, after the King, Queen and Bird have been cast out, power struggles over who should lead the nation erupt, resulting in civil war. The land burns and everyone is forced to flee. Their only hope is to follow the path of stars carved by the bird in the sky. The production traces the many trials and tribulations they must face on this journey to ‘freedom’.
The Call For Proposals for the Confluences Conference will close on 26 May. We invite the submission of proposals which could be in a range of formats (including papers, posters, workshops, masterclass, performances). Our critical enquiry for this conference centres on the continuing call for decolonisation and decanonisation in varied educational contexts and what this all might mean for dance in and from the global South. We want to relook at earlier debates around dance as an embodied practice to understand shifts in complex interstices of gendered bodies, classical dance and its negotiations with e.g. pedestrian movement and innovations of the twenty-first century.
"NO SEX - A World of Gender" looks at both the individual's own as well as society's expectations of gender and sexuality. On display in a clinically white box are 4 bodies - 4 creatures - 4 people – 4 individuals. In this box, they take on a journey through a series of scenarios where they exaggerate, exhibit, accept and fight against confirmative and non-confirmative notions of gender and sexuality. They are both alone and united at the same time. Confused and in and out of love. With militaristic precision they go with the flow of mainstream to eventually seek out of and in chaos fight against it, but maybe never to break to free.