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Saturday, June 25, 2022


(Pics by Val Adamson)

Well-known and award-winning choreographer Musa Hlatshwayo and his company worked on a tri-fold offering for the National Arts Festival’s online programme for this year. This offering resulted in a presentation that features three outputs that are centred around black men as the subject(s): AMADODA.

Output 1: Portraits Of AMADODA, presents moments captured when our interviewees were confronted by the mirror. It is a collaboration between the world-renowned Val Adamson and Musa Hlatshwayo. The presented product is an exhibition of Adamson's photographs of black men's portraits captured in moments of their interactions with the mirror.

Output 2: Conversations with AMADODA is a short documentary by a young film-maker from Illovu by the name of Sbo Cele. This documentary follows Hlatshwayo and the team as they journey to the various communities to conduct research and to capture the moments of black men as they interact with the mirror. It also features talks with some of the participating men as they shared their stories on Zulu men and their relationships with the mirror.

(Right: Thabani Mahlobo)

Output 3: Is a digital site-specific dance theatre work that interrogates the male body and its transcendence in the quests of its positioning in a society layered and mapped with imposing ideologies and histories. The work is simply called AMADODA. The work is performed by Sphakeme Shangase, Tebogo Mncwabe, Thabani Mahlobo and a chorus that features Hlatshwayo and his male friends and relatives. Lighting is by Lerato Ledwaba. Cinematography is by Sbo Cele while editing is by Wesley Maherry and Sbo Cele.

These works will showcase from June 24 on the NAF’s website; under the NAF online programme. They will remain online throughout the festival's duration and can be viewed repeatedly at no charge.

HOPE CIRCUT is the name of the PESP Fringe.

"This work was commissioned by the National Arts Festival, with funds from the Presidential Employment Stimulus Programme, administered by the National Arts Council."

“Many thanks to the National Arts Festival for the commission, the various spaces that hosted us, my team and all the contributors for a job well done! I will be sharing more about each output with more images and details about each output,” says Hlatshwayo.


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