Kwanele Finch Thusi
The Vulnerability of the Black Male Body. With Pina, Kwanele Finch Thusi is building a new mythology of Black and queer bodies and identities. Pina is based on the stories of old and young Black men and the power of expression, movement and dance in telling their stories. In Pina, Kwanele Thusi dissects the perception in society about a Black male identity and the Black body. For example, words and the movements of the body suggest that a Black male body must be strong and physical. Kwanele Thusi decolonises this image of the Black male body and shows in his solo and duet the vulnerability and softness of the Black male body and a Black identity. For Thusi, his own black queer identity is the starting point for all his work. His PINA is a CRY, A SCREAM, a queer response to the canonized historical image of the Black man.
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PINA asks for a revision around prehistoric implications that still subjugate the black person as ‘less than, inadequate and to be feared’. As black people, our bodies are still seen as exotic exhibitions for freedom.
“In the discourse, black bodies are de-textualized, recognized as exigent beings unto themselves, but also beings which exist in a complex system of others. And as such, the work helps us to trace back knowledge about the perceptions of the black body, showing how these bodies have been conceived through colonist frames and re constructed to generate knowledge about the contemporary black body which displaces it in positions of mist trust, fear and anxiety”.
Within these parameters, the black body is seen through the eyes of pain and trauma. I ask the complicated questions in this work, what do you see when you look at me? With so much of conflict that arose in 2020 & 2021, the black live matter movement underpinned the necessity and purpose of this work.
AMSTERDAM | Podium Mozaiek
AMSTERDAM | Frascati Theater
Fr 7 October, 21h45
UTRECHT | Theater Kikker
Thu 13 October, 20h00
ROTTERDAM | Theater Zuidplein
Choreography: Kwanele Finch Thusi
Dance: Kwanele Finch Thusi, Kgosimang Clinton Flietor
Length: solo 30 min, duet 45 min