Nelisiwe Xaba and Mocke J van Veuren Venue: Hiddingh Hall, UCT Hiddingh Campus Date: 13 & 14 MARCH Time: 18:20 Duration: 40 min
Uncles & Angels is an interactive dance and video collaboration between choreographer Nelisiwe Xaba and video artist Mocke J van Veuren. The central allusion is the Reed Dance – well known in Southern Africa as a colourful, cultural celebration that promotes respect for young women and preserves the custom of virginity before marriage. At the same time, the Reed Dance has been transformed into gyrating young female bodies in election campaigns and tourist attractions.
Uncles & Angels explores questions of chastity, virginity testing and tradition, while at the same time casting a wry glance at the power relations encoded within corporeal interaction. In a merging of diverse skills, the artists present a compelling examination of the manipulation of cultural heritage. The piece not only questions what the Reed Dance has become, but questions the curious relationship between young and outwardly innocent girls and the older, affluent and seemingly respected men that often dominate them.
Presented with the Gordon Institute for Performing and Creative Arts