At the end of the day, we are left with our own impulses, and rhetorical questions – what ifs… where to from here… but, strikingly, we seldom ask ‘What if not?’
I take a breath and as I turn, I challenge you – each one of YOU – to think back to a time you critiqued a conversation. I.N.C.O.K.O is a journey back through the conversations far behind us, to acknowledge what we have missed, and get an understanding of how they have changed our futures.
choreographed and directed by Thembani Buka
production assistant: Nolubabalo Vongo
Mihlali Sipho-esihle Mbalentle Mpotulo
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Behind the choreography and directing of I.N.C.O.K.O is 26-year-old Thembani Buka, born and bred in Makhanda. In 2005, he started as an African enthusiasts dancer in his area with the Sakhuluntu Cultural group. He later joined Amphiko Township Dance Project, where he was trained as a modern dancer under AIDT (Association of International Dance Teachers) examinations (2008). In 2013, he won an award for best senior dancer. During his time with Amphiko Township Dance Project, he was recognised by many artists including the First Physical Theatre at Rhodes University and has performed in various events such as ‘The Language We Cry In’ by Sfiso Skhakhane (2011) and GLASS by Hermien Potgieter (2014). In 2016 he was accepted into a VUYANI DANCE COMPANY training program. On his return back to Makhanda (2018), he joined KWANTU choir and has since been working with them as a choreographer and a creative director.
His love for creation grew profoundly and he is currently interested in language in society. It is this interest that is the catalyst behind ‘I.N.C.O.K.O’, which explores conversations – most especially those happening in taxis – and the impact they have on different events.