Hatched Ensemble

Mamela Nyamza
Sat 11.05.2024 - Mon 13.05.2024

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.


PRESENTATIE / PRESENTATION Kunstenfestivaldesarts, KVS CONCEPT, CHOREOGRAFIE EN REGIE / CONCEPT, CHOREGRAPHIE ET MISE-EN-SCÈNE / CONCEPT, CHOREOGRAPHER AND DIRECTOR Mamela Nyamza PERFORMERS / INTERPRETATION 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 OPERAZANGER / CHANTEUSE D'OPERA / OPERA SINGER Litho Nqai MULTI-INSTRUMENTALIST / MULTI-INSTRUMENTALISTE Azah “Given” Mphago TECHNISCHE LEIDING / DIRECTION TECHNIQUE / TECHNICAL DIRECTION Thabo Pule KOSTUUMONTWERP / CREATION COSTUMES / COSTUME CO-DESIGNERS Mamela Nyamza & Bhungane Mehlomakulu COPRODUCTIE / COPRODUCTION National Arts Council & Makhanda Standard Bank National Arts Festival