Award winning dancer and choreographer and Standard Bank Young Artist of the Year 2011, Mamela Nyamza will be performing her own works on the Artscape Arena stage as part of the 8th Artscape Women’s Humanity Arts Festival, which runs from August 4 to 9.
‘Hatched’ together with ‘I Stand Corrected’, a collaborative work she created with Moijisola Adebayo, are some of the highlights of this years’ festival. Both have been performed to critical acclaim throughout Africa and Europe.
Nyamza has been declared the festival icon for 2014 and visitors will have the opportunity to enjoy performances that are both thought provoking and entertaining and which represent the ethos humanity which is this year’s festival theme.
‘Hatched’, which premiers on Wednesday 6 August, is an ever-evolving autobiographical work. For theatre goers who have seen her earlier productions, these performances will bring them up to date with Nyamza’s life as a mother and as an artist. The performance was part of Infecting the City in March, and has also been performed in Johannesburg, Amsterdam and Paris before being adapted for the Artscape theatre environment.
The show was first performed and funded by the National Arts Council (NAC) and the Raymond Ackerman Family Foundation when her son Amkele Mandla was nine years old. He was part of the premier at the New Dance Festival in Johannesburg. Each show is reinvented as he grows and he joins her again as a 14 year old in this production.
The production 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, until she realizes her true identity. The show was nominated for best visual performance at the Out of the Box Festival 2010.
Tickets are R80 for the performances on August 6 at 8.30pm and August 8 at 5pm. Book at Computicket.
‘I Stand Corrected’ is a powerful story told through haunting and sometimes absurdly comical physical theatre, with songs, dance, music and drama. The production is the first collaboration by Mojisola Adebayo and Nyamza. After its debut at Artscape as part of the Women’s Month celebration in 2012, the show went to London where it was nominated for six London Off West End Theatre awards, including best director, best play and best choreography.
Funded by the British Council and Artscape, the show has received accolades wherever it has been performed both nationally and internationally. The production has also evolved from its original script in response to homophobic, transphobic, hate rape, murder and women’s issues seen across the country since its inception. Following these performances the show goes to the Singapore Arts Festival.
Tickets are R80 for the 8.30pm performances from August 7 to 9. Book at Computicket.