New Work By Three Trailblazing African Choreographers
New York Live Arts - September 25 -28 2013
• Boyzie Cekwana and Panaibra Canda - The Inkomati (dis)cord - Sept 25 – 26 at 7:30pm
• Bouchra Ouizguen - Ha! - Sept 27 - 28 at 7:30pm
Boyzie Cekwana and Panaibra Canda
The Inkomati (dis)cord
Sep 25 – 26 at 7:30pm
Making its U.S. premiere, The Inkomati (dis)cord is a work made collaboratively by South African artist Boyzie Cekwana and Mozambique artist Panaibra Canda. In 1984, the Mozambique of Samora Machel and the South African apartheid state signed the Nkomati accord, a non-aggression pact. The Inkomati (dis)cord is Cekwana and Canda’s referral to this failed historical agreement, as well as the river that lent its name to it. In an attempt to break through artificial borders and traverse territories, using their own bodies, skins, identities and histories, the choreographers explore the internalized colonial boundaries that still alienate shared histories and aspirations.
Sep 25 at 6:30pm -Come Early Conversation: Destabilizing Reality, A Discussion on African Surrealism, moderated by Awam Amkpa, PhD (Associate Professor, NYU; author of Theater and Postcolonial Desires
Sep 26 immediately following the performance - Stay Late Discussion: DiscussingThe Inkomati (dis)cord, Simon Dove, Co-Curator of Crossing the Line, in conversation with Boyzie Cekwana and Panaibra Canda
Sep 27 - 28 at 7:30pm
Inspired by the quatrains of Persian poet and Sufi mystic Djalâl ad-Dîn Rûmî, Ha!, the latest creation by Bouchra Ouizguen, is an exploration of madness. Using the same working method that led to the success of Madame Plaza (presented at New York Live Arts in September 2012 as part of Voices of Strength), Ouizguen returned to Morocco, her homeland, gaining additional inspiration from the cultural terrain that has enriched the movement, ritual, singing and language in this new work.
Sep 27 at 6:30pm - Come Early Conversation:Aïtas and the Art of Vocal Rebellion moderated by Lili Chopra, Artistic Director of FIAF and Co-Curator of Crossing the Line
Sep 28 immediately following the performance - Stay Late Discussion: Ha!Performing Across Cultural Borders, Carla Peterson, Artistic Director at New York Live Arts and Adrienne Edwards, Associate Curator of Performa Institute in conversation with Bouchra Ouizguen.
New York Live Arts Box Office
219 West 19th Street, NYC
Both productions co-presented with the French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF) Crossing the Line 2013 festival