Choreographed and performed by Mamela Nyamza

A pick axe, the ultimate female tool of African agriculture and pointe shoes, the attribute of every ballet dancer - with these references, and a life-size costume character as “partner”, Mamela Nyamza performs an eccentric solo that reflects on her personal history as a black South African woman and dance artist. In dazzling pictures she dissects the shackles of traditional role attributions and goes beyoA pick axe, the ultimate female tool of African agriculture and pointe shoes, the attribute of every ballet dancer - with these references, and a life-size costume character as “partner”, Mamela Nyamza performs an eccentric solo that reflects on her personal history as a black South African woman and dance artist. In dazzling pictures she dissects the shackles of  traditional role attributions and goes beyond the expectations of the female dancer.

This work was created by Mamela in residency at various spaces: Theater im Pfalzbau and Steptext Dance project In co-production with DansArt Tanznetworks / Biennale Passages 14; DorkyPark Studio 44, Berlin; École des Sables & Association Jant-Bi, Toubab Dialaw, Senegal; French Institut Paris, Acacia Park, Goodwood Cape Town, South Africa. A special thank you to Germaine Acogny and Robyn Orlin.

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