South African-born contemporary dance sensation Sonia Radebe and Canada’s Jennifer Dallas have done a sterling and titanic job in putting together ‘Ngizwise’, an excellent piece performed by the Moving into Dance Mophatong (MIDM) company.
‘Ngizwise’, a Zulu word meaning let me taste/help me listen, is the culmination of six weeks of gently crafting and honing the dancers’ artistic voices to develop a thought-provoking dance about four men revealing intimate stories of the past and projections for the future.
The hour-long show, performed by Oscar Buthelezi, Teboho Letele, Sunnyboy Motau and Muzi Shili, sheds light on subjects of community, power, individuality and masculinity in a globalised modern society in a fun yet confrontational manner.
The piece was first showcased at the Jomba Festival in Durban, South Africa, where it was well received by the public, and all dance lovers in general.
Radebe and Dallas offer a meeting of two dynamic female choreographers and their search for what is common and what is unique in their different styles and cultural contexts.
Ngizwise is a deft and moving meeting between choreographers and dancers – cross-cultural, cross continent — as they begin to reveal the intimate stories of South Africa and the voices of the ‘born-free generation’.
Costumes were designed by Veronica Sham, and lighting design was the work of Themba Nkabinde. Music was performed by Tegoho Letele and the voice coach was done by Nhlanhla Mahlangu.
The Jomba Festival took place from August 27 to September 7, 2014.
Photo: Centre for Creative Arts, University of Kwazulu Natal