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Colonial Conversation at Afrovibes Festival

  • De Balie Kleine-Gartmanplantsoen 10 Amsterdam, NH, 1017 Netherlands (map)

Award-winning South African dancer, choreographer and arts activist Mamela Nyamza addresses in her controversial performance DE-APART-HATE the oppression of women and (gay) sexuality by religion and how to overcome this. Moving on and around a wobbling bench painted in rainbow colors two dancers, an African woman and an African pastor, try to balance each other. Who has power and who is being oppressed? The performance is a search for personal freedom and the limits of dance, performance and provocation. When are you free to be who you are and to experience your own sexuality? DE-APART-HATE gives a glimpse into the current power structures of South Africa where a cry is rising for the decolonization of culture.

Following the performance moderator Harriet Duurvoort will speak with Mamela about her performance and the situation of black women in South-Africa. Afterwards she will moderate a talk with Sruti Bala (Associate Professor, Theatre and Performance Studies at UvA), choreographer Jay Pather and Katlego Disemelo (researcher of black queer sexualities in Johannesburg and queerness in mainstream media). A talk about sexual oppression of (gay) black women that Mamela explores in her performance.

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