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Co-presented by the Queer New York International Arts Festival, Curated by Marya Wethers
466 Grand Street (at Pitt Street)
New York, NY 10002
HATCHED, created and performed by South African artist Mamela Nyamza, is an autobiographical work that seeks to convey deeply personal and challenging issues of culture, tradition, and a woman’s evolving sexuality within the customary rites and rituals of marriage. Telling the story of a woman faced with a life of dualism—between countries, identities, relationships—Nyamza is battling with her identity as a mother, while still clinging on to her life as a performer. But Nyamza also faces another conflict, as a South African woman performing in Western/European contexts. Nyamza addresses this by juxtaposing movement vocabulary and accompaniment from both cultures, referencing classical Western music and dance, and also traditional African vocal scores and grounded movement. Nyamza has created a poignant story that speaks to feelings of conflict with one’s own identity and questioning where we belong in the world.
The 2016 Queer New York International Arts Festival offers an empowered new concept of queer as a wider platform for excellence in arts, capable of tracking, discovering and interpreting new trends while daring to speak openly about the norms that constitute society and artistic practices. This performance by Mamela Nyamza is part of an African diasporic focus curated by Marýa Wethers. Learn more at www.queerny.org.
Post-Show Discussion with Mamela Nyamza
Moderated by Marýa Wethers
This performance is made possible with support from The Africa Contemporary Arts Consortium, a program of MAPP International Productions.
Mamela Nyamza’s many awards include The Standard Bank Young Artist Award for Dance in 2011. In 2014 her work OKUYA PHANTSI KWEMPUMLO / THE MEAL received The Standard Bank Ovation award for artistic excellence at the Grahamstown National Arts Festival and the KYKNET AWARDS for best performance in dance and physical theatre. She is named by Oprah Winfrey’s O, The Oprah Magazine as one of the top power women and by the Mail & Guardian as one of the top young South Africans to know. Nyamza was a danceWEB participant at the Vienna International Dance Festival 2008.
She performed SHIFT in the 9th Danse l’Afrique Danse which happened for the first time in South Africa in 2012. In 2015 she premiered a new solo called Wena Mamela and in 2016 she premiered The Last Attitude, a collaborative work created with Nelisiwe Xaba. She has a son aged 16.
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