11 — 13.05

Mamela Nyamza Johannesburg




Please confirm your attendance with a wheelchair during online reservation or through box officeAccessible for wheelchair users | ⧖ 1h10 | €21 / €17

Ten dancers timidly balance en pointe with their backs to the audience while Camille Saint-Saëns’ The Swan plays. So opens HATCHED ENSEMBLE. While hiding their faces, they display small, handcrafted ironwork sculptures. The captivating choreography is the brainchild of South African artist Mamela Nyamza, who unapologetically demystifies and deconstructs the history of dance while trampling the norms and standards of the classics. Using simple household materials – clothes pegs, a clothes line, plastic ponchos and red aprons – the dancers evoke images of domestic labour that evolve in precise and touching fashion. Referencing Western classical music, dance and South African vocal scores, they juxtapose the movement vocabularies of diverse cultures. The dancers convey deeply personal stories that challenge race and gender norms, their movements peppered with moments of miniaturised ballet performed with frantic, joyful release. Minor gestures and major sensitivity combine to open up an entire universe unknown to dance history, overflowing with urgency and subtle virtuosity.

“A groundbreaking and innovative project that challenges the traditional norms of ballet dance.”
Kedibone Modise

HATCHED ENSEMBLE powerfully conveys challenging issues of tradition. An insightful, thought-provoking, and deeply moving production.”
Sivenathi Gosa




Presentation: Kunstenfestivaldesarts, KVS
Concept, choreographer and director: Mamela Nyamza | Performers: Kirsty Prettygirl Ndawo, Kearabetswe Michelle Mogotsi, Khaya Ndlovu, Thamsanqa Tshabalala, Tania Mteto, Itumeleng Sifiso Chiloane, Amohelang Reitumetse Rooiland, Noluyanda Florence Mqulwana, Sonia Zandile Constable, Thimna Sitokisi | Opera singer: Litho Nqai | Multi instrumentalist: Azah “Given” Mphago | Technical manager: Thabo Pule | Costume co-designers: Mamela Nyamza & Bhungane Mehlomakulu 

Coproduction: National Arts Festival (Makhanda, South Africa) supported by: The National Arts Council of South Africa

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