|Intriguing 1st presentation Keuse/Choice on Oct. 24th for Afrovibes Festival 2012|
On Monday 24 October a direct internet channel has been opened between the Albany Theatre in London, the International Choreographic Arts Centre in Amsterdam to show an intermediate stage performance of the project Keuse/Choice that South African choreographers/dancers Mamela Nyamza and Jane Sekonya-John are now creating in collaboration with British spoken word artist OneNess Sankara. This past month they teamed up for the first-rehearsals stage of this work in progress. The live stream on October 24th presented the outcome of that initial work phase.
Three exceptional women, three powerful performers, each with her own background, own (movement) language and own working method, are making a performance about how certain, sometimes small choices can determine the future course of our lives.
Last July, Mamela Nyamza's short dance film Hatched was shown at ICK in the context of Cinedans. She is widely known for her performance of the same name and for the shimmering, original and provocative interpretation of Fokine's Dying Swan she gave in the NBC television series Superstars of Dance. Jane Sekonya-John danced with Don't Hit Mamma, a.o., in the Netherlands and caused a furore in Britain with her street dance, hip hop and modern fusion performances. OneNess Sankara is a laureate singer, song writer, spoken-word artist, director and actress.
For more info on the performance and the makers, see: http://keuse.org/
Keuse/Choice is an Afrovibes legacy project arising from the Afrovibes Festival 2010. The finished performance will premiere at Dance Umbrella in Johannesburg, March 2012. Keuse/Choice will be programmed by the Afrovibes Festival 2012, which will be visiting ten cities in the Netherlands, Belgium and the United Kingdom as a travelling festival in September and October 2012.
After watching the live internet broadcast of the piece, allapprox. 50 members of the audiences in London and Amsterdam, as well as many online in Johannesburg, Cape Town, New York and Miami, could participate in a discussion with the makers in London. Their questions, reactions and suggestions were sent via Twitter and responded by the makers. It was a unique opportunity to be part of the creative process.