Sello Pesa at the Dance Umbrella 2015
Newtown Cultural Precinct
Thursday 12 & Friday 13 March @ 18:30
South African artist Sello Pesa from Ntsoana Contemporary Dance Company presents his latest work "Simunye: We are one..." at the international dance festival Dance Umbrella. To create this work, the choreographer collaborated with French researcher Dominique Malaquais.
Sello Pesa’s new creation delves into the subject of patriotism, examining what makes up the “Rainbow Nation”. The work looks at what it means to be a South African and who South Africans are. Is it only through legal citizenship that one becomes truly South African? Or do the acts of living, working and contributing to the economy, in fact make one South African?
Dance Umbrella 2015, funded by the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund, will offer Joburgers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to discover, experience and enjoy contemporary dance on all levels. New local and international works will take over the city with dance happening all over Jozi. A highlight of the 2015 festival is the strong focus on female choreographers. Since Dance Umbrella’s inception male choreographers have dominated the contemporary dance scene … but over the past years this has shifted. Dance Umbrella 2015 will focus on and celebrate both the established and the young up-and-coming female choreographers who will share the programme with their male counterparts.
About Sello Pesa
Sello Pesa is a Soweto born choreographer and dancer interested in the changes and challenges that arise from living in South Africa and is greatly respected locally and overseas. He has been inspired by diverse South African choreographers and spent four years touring South Africa and Europe with the late Jackie Mbuyisela Semela’s Soweto Dance Theatre.
About Dominique Malaquais
Dominique Malaquais (Ph.D. Columbia University, New York City) is a scholar and writer. Her work focuses on intersections between emergent urban cultures, global, late capitalist market forces and political and economic violence in African cities. She is currently based in France, where she holds the position of Senior Researcher at CNRS - the National Science Research Centre, Paris.
About Ntsoana Contemporary Dance Theatre
Ntsoana is a dance collective who generates and implements projects framed within socio-political concepts, committed to exploring the diverse and evolving South African cultures and cultural practices through the medium of contemporary dance.