(c) Mark Wessels

Mamela Nyamza
Hatched Ensemble

  • Dance

In her acclaimed autobiographical debut solo “Hatched” in 2007, Mamela Nyamza reflected on her life as a mother, lesbian and artist. Together with ten ballet dancers, one singer and a musician, she is now pushing her confrontation of identity and belonging, gender binarism, tradition and artistic expression further in “Hatched Ensemble”. The poetic, emotionally haunting work is characterised by strong colour symbolism and unapologetical demystification. It juxtaposes diverse musical movement material from classical Western dance history with African dance styles and vocal scores. Thereby the choreographer and activist invites the audience to break down attributions and reflect on their own affiliations, however painful, confusing and tiring they may be.

Concept, choreography & direction: Mamela Nyamza / Dance: Kirsty Ndawo, Kearabetswe Mogotsi, Khaya Ndlovu, Thamsanqa Ndlovu, Tania Mteto, Itumeleng Chiloane, Amohelang Rooiland, Noluyanda Mqulwana, Zandile Constable, Thimna Sitokisi / Singer: Litho Nqai / Music: Given Mphago / Light design & technical direction: Thabo Pule / Costume design: Mamela Nyamza, Bhungane Mehlomakulu / Rehearsal management: Kirsty Ndawo

Production: Mamela’s Artistic Movement. Co-production: National Arts Council of South Africa, Makhanda National Arts Festival of South Africa. Supported by: Moving Into Dance. Funded within the framework of the Alliance of International Production Houses by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media.