Don’t miss these two free cultural events !

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Shadow Graves gathers six women from different countries, Madagascar, Zimbabwe, France and South Africa, brought together by Lucky Dance Theatre to create the work that really questions the norms and prejudices towards women in Africa and in global society: Rape Culture – rape myths (attitudes and believes about rape and sexual assault that help fuel this rape culture. Theses widely held, culture-based beliefs may place blame on rape victims, excuse the actions of perpetrators, or blur the line between rape and consensual sex).

The creation explores the victim’s spirit shadowed by the heaviness of the rape event, and the grave society digs for them. The concept was inspired by the actual events happened against women and children in DRC, South Africa, India, Ethiopia, and any other places around the world where women are ganged rape and survivors are left with disturbing images of brutal events.

Reflexion is an extract of Voice of the Black Soul. The duo explores the traces of our reflections. We are ashamed of who we are, where we live and where we coming from. “You think of yourselves as humans searching for a spiritual awakening, when in fact you are spiritual beings attempting to cope with a human awakening, seeing yourselves from the perspective of the spirit within will help you to remember why you came here and what you came here to do” – Unleashed Mind

Lucky Dance Theatre’s Double Bill: Reflexion (Voice of the Black Soul) and Shadow Graves
Friday 25 July at 19:00 | Free
Dance Space, 1 President Street, Newtown (Safe Parking)
Limited Space | RSVP comm.culture@ifas.org.za

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Shadow Graves and the duet Reflexion (Voice of the Black Soul) are presented by Lucky Dance Theatre and funded by the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund with the support of the French Institute of South Africa, the Dance Forum, the Outreach Foundation - Hillbrow Theatre Project, Free State Provincial Government and Mangaung.

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“The most inventive expression of art can be found somewhere within the interstices of the worlds.”

Talks by Rebecca Lamarche-Vadel, curator at Palais de Tokyo, Paris
& Jay Schutte, South African Linguistic Anthropology PHD candidate at the University of Chicago
Tuesday 29 July at 18:00 | free
Limited space | RSVP angelique@ifas.org.za
French Institute of South Africa (IFAS), 1st floor, 62 juta st, braamfontein

Rebecca Lamarche-Vadel, curator at Palais de Tokyo, also referred to as the pioneer museum which reconciled the City of Light with contemporary art, will give us an insight on her 2015 exhibition The Edge of The Worlds.

The research works of the creators who will be introduced during this exhibition reveal unexpected places. Visionaries, researchers, poets and pirates, they challenge the artistic domains to sublimate and transcend world borders. At the crossroad of gestures, points of views and knowledge, creators rethink the architecture of the visible. They are the worlds’ intercessors and connectors, open to a "constantly growing inventory of experiences" (Buckminster Fuller).

Jay Schutte, a South African Linguistic Anthropology PhD Candidate at the University of Chicago, is interested in the arts and the worlds they inhabit and re-make and how they are always entangled based on the thoughts of poststructuralist and postcolonial thinkers, including Homi Bhabha, Jacques Derrida, and Gayatri Spivak.

THE EDGE OF THE WORLDS by Rebecca Lamarche-Vadel

The hypothesis formulated on the occasion of the exhibition entitled Le Bord des Mondes (The Edge of The Worlds), which will be shown at Palais de Tokyo from February to May 2015 is that the most inventive expression of art can be found somewhere within the interstices of the worlds.

The research works of the creators who will be introduced during this exhibition reveal unexpected places. Visionaries, researchers, poets and pirates, they challenge the artistic domains to sublimate and transcend world borders. At the crossroad of gestures, points of views and knowledge, creators rethink the architecture of the visible. They are the worlds’ intercessors and connectors, open to a "constantly growing inventory of experiences" (Buckminster Fuller).

Neither "outsiders", naive or "out of the box", these creators are free souls who renew our experience of the visible outside the norms. They move across disciplines, explore unknown shapes, escape from dogmas. Through games and intuitions, they draw and act as builders of the architecture of possible worlds, reminding us that "art is born... of the fascination with what cannot be grasped, of the refusal to fake performances, of the will to extract shapes from the world affecting human beings in order to include them in the world they rule. Major artists are not the transcribers of the world, but their rivals" (Malraux, Les Voix du silence).

The way we look at artworks that are part of the mysterious spheres of creation, in its most audacious and free expression, is renewed by Le Bord des Mondes. Experience, renewal, reinvention, going beyond the divides is what prevails in this exhibition. The idea is to make the poetry offered by the reconciliation of the worlds visible.

Exhibition curator: Rebecca Lamarche-Vadel

publié le 25/07/2014

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