3 NEW WORKS

MUSA HLATSHWAYO

KWA ZULU NATAL

PORTRAITS OF (BLACK) MEN WHEN CONFRONTED BY THE MIRROR

A collaborative project between Musa Hlatshwayo and Val Adamson.  This project confronts male ‘non-performers’ with themselves.  Musa Hlatwayo engages participants with questions and their own reflection while Val Adamson captures the layers of engagement and reflection through his portraiture.  This will also extend to a parallel exhibition of the portraits.

AMADODA

This video collage stages AMADODA at various unexpected locations:

An old spaza shop in Maphumulo which has been turned into a walk-in gallery; the roof; the Jojo tank’s stand; the rooftop of the store room; the main selling area; the long narrow store room; the back foyer/ kitchen; small narrow room; a forest of gumtrees in kwaZulwini (Gogo’s land); the skateboard park, the promenade and a designated Durban pier; S’fiso’s studio: a roundval in Madundubala

WORDS SPOKEN

An interview with Musa decoding the language and the imagery used in the piece will be the main focus of this segment. This will be echoed or accompanied by the recorded interactions, in video format, with the participants. The aim would be t capture their reactions as they get briefed, when they were being photographed or after they have been photographed. These clips could be captured through the candid camera format or through a direct question and answer type of interview. The focus will be on capturing both their emotional responses, the physical language they projected as well as the words exchanged.

These works are conceptualized, preparatory work cannot be initialized as we have not received PESP funding from the National Art Council.

Choreographer and director

Musa Hlatshwayo

Mhayise Productions

DOP and editing

Cobus van Heerden

Photographer

Val Adamson

Documenting photographer

Simanga Zondo

Dramaturge and assistant editor

Wesley Maherry

Production coordinator

Michael Broderick

Stage manager and technician

Lerato Ledwaba

Dancers

Thabang Mdlalose

Sphamandla Shange

Musa Hlatshwayo

Wandile Nodliwa

Tebogo Mncwabe

Rickshaw driver

(tbc)

Musicians

Thokozani Mhlambi (cello)

Mduduzi Mbuyazi (percussion and pipes)

Featured elders

Mr N Chonco

Mr VS Hlatshwayo

Featured youngsters

Madundubala’s long boys

Stage hands

Aphelele Nyawose

Snethemba Khuzwayo

Thube Mnyandu

Nosipho ‘Small’ Chiliza

Drivers

Lindokuhle Kunene

Sphamandla Nsele