In «Black Privilege», the South African dancer and choreographer Mamela Nyamza focuses her attention on the structure underlying societies in which everyone is permanently judged and pre-judged. Her performance switches back and forth between a ritual in which various aspects of strong women are summoned up and a court procedure in which powerful figures are held to account for their horrific deeds. Rejected and unrecognised heroines of the African struggle for independence are brought back to life, judged and perhaps also celebrated.

Credits

Creator, Choreographer, Director & Lead Performer: Mamela Nyamza. Co-performer & Dramaturge: Sello Pesa. Stage, Lighting, Sound Designer & Production Manager: Wilhelm Disbergen. Body Painting & Costume: Linda Mandela.

Sponsors & Supporters: National Arts Festival of South Africa (NAF), South Africa, Ruhrtriennale-Essen Pact Zollverein, Germany.

Foto: Chris de Beer.