Dance for the Future
Mzamo Nondlwana dances towards the future. This solo performance, in collaboration with sound artist Lens Kühleitner and visual artist Maanila de Moraes, imagines an alternative future rooted in radical queer-feminist movements – a future that denounces white supremacy values that are embedded in domination and destruction.
Dance for the Future taps into the collective consciousness, sharing experiences during a pandemic while reinforcing the power of community as a form of healing. It is research on a dance for the future and ‘a space where supernatural, fantastical, historical, and futuristic elements merge together’ (Mark Dery, American author, lecturer and cultural critic). Dance for the Future is shaped by themes of collectivity, grief, and transformation using notions crafted by marginalised communities, especially Black, queer-feminist, migrant communities, the global south and alternative movements which have disclosed and fought against heteronormative structures. This dance is dedicated to a better future.
Within the framework of Choreographic Platform Austria
is a queer, non-binary performing artist originally from Johannesburg, South Africa. Their work focuses on marginalised bodies and an attempt to subvert colonial fantasy. In 2006, they completed their dance education at MID (South Africa) and in 2014 SEAD (Austria). They worked with Michikazu Matsune, Doris Uhlich, Magdalena Chowaniec, Needcompany and Michael Turinsky. They are also one half of Bicha Boo Collective, an audio-visual performative collective active since 2017.
Concept, choreography Mzamo Nondlwana Dramaturgy Sunanda Mesquita Sound artist Lens Kühleitner Stage design Guilherme Maggessi Production manager Marissa Lobo Video Maanila de Moraes Costume Isabelle Edi Artistic input İklim Doğan, Bassano Bonelli – A co-production by Mzamo Nondlwana and imagetanz/brut Wien. With support from the Municipal Department of Cultural Affairs, Vienna, the Austrian Federal Ministry of the Arts, Culture, the Civil Service and Sports, a working grant from the Municipal Department of Cultural Affairs, Vienna, a Raw Matters summer residency, and Bears in the Park. Thanks to nadalokal Reclaim Festival for the public sharing.