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Tuesday, February 8, 2022


(Nomcebisi Moyikwa, Qash Qash. Photos by Xolani Tulumani)

Listen to Season 2, Episode 4 of The ICA Podcast! Featuring choreographer and academic Nomcebisi Moyikwa.

Join us as we journey with Moyikwa through the research, creation and performance of her 2017 work Qash Qash. Comprised of a series of visually and aurally arresting portraits of black subjectivity, Qash Qash is both an exploration of, and an insistence on, everyday moments of aliveness; lineage and continuity; sexual pleasure; interruptions; and community.

Nomcebisi Moyikwa is a mother to Khayone, an artist and a Drama and Performance Studies Lecturer at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Pietermaritzburg Campus. She was born and raised in Makhanda. Her artistic (anti-disciplinary/genre) practice is a movement towards developing conceptual spaces to think about creative expressions of Black South African artists. Her research interests are in the dynamics of cultural production, pedagogy, arts, and community. Her mother's neck is her reminder of the possibility of ease; of the aliveness of breath.

Listen on Apple podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Podcast Addict, or wherever you find podcasts. You can also listen on the website.

The Podcast – launched in July 2020 – emerged out of the ICA's 2019 publication Acts of Transgression: Contemporary Live Art in South Africa and extends the work begun by the book through conversations with the creators and curators of Live Art. The role of the Podcast has been particularly important in this time of the pandemic, when live performance has been difficult and sometimes impossible, but the intimacy and expansiveness of listening remains critical.

Season 1 looked at the body of work of 8 diverse artists. In Season 2, they’re doing things a bit differently by offering each episode as a deep dive into a single performance:

We the Not-Not People! -Things done, not told. Inscribed, not written by Donna Kukama

Things We Lost in the Rainbow by Athi-Patra Ruga

Jesus Thesis and Other Critical Fabulations by Kopano Maroga

Qash-Qash by Nomcebisi Moyikwa

Yet to be Determined by Gavin Krastin

Fragments of Encounters by nomi blum

Body of Evidence by Jay Pather


Looking ahead

In Episode 5 they will be speaking to performance artist, and winner of the 2021 Standard Bank Young Artist Award for Performance Art, Gavin Krastin. Join us then!

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