Mobile Inertia

Mobile inertia is constantly moving – day to day, task to task, interacting with one person, and then the next. It is continuous both physically and mentally. It feels as though the world and everything in it is moving but we are standing still, inert, being carried along by a mysterious current. This causes fear, anger, frustration, and confusion with the situations we find ourselves in.

One woman is a reflection of the other, a mirror, a judge and a companion. She struggles like me but differently, she knows but she doesn’t always understand. She is speaking and moving as a black woman, and a South African who wants to do better, be better.

This is a video excerpt of Mobile Inertia, a physical theatre piece using dance and spoken word to explore mental health.

  • Ticket Price: R20.00
  • Genre: Dance
  • Duration (minutes): 13mins
  • Ages: 13
  • Release Date: July 08, 2021 00:01 - August 31, 2021 23:59
  • Language: English



Filmed & Directed by Siphumeze Khundayi
Performed & Choreographed by Ipeleng Merafe & Liyabuya Gongo


Siphumeze Khundayi is an art-maker, photographer and facilitator interested in creative ways of bringing together dialogue and artistic practice in relation to African Queer identity.
She is creative director of HOLAAfrica! a pan-Africanist womanist online collective.
Her solo and collaborative performance work has been featured in a number of festivals and theatre spaces such as Ricca Ricca Festival in Japan

She directed two Naledi nominated productions in 2017 and 2018. She directed a show that won a Standard Bank Ovation award in 2020.
As a photographer she was part of a group exhibition Titled Flowers of my Soul in Italy organised by the Misfit Project. Produced three publications for HOLAAfrica and was published in and provided the cover for volume two: As You Like of the Gerald Kraak Anthologies.

Liyabuya Gongo is performer, teacher and trainer. Her interests lie in sharing her love of dance through her work as a performer, her teaching of dance and her pursuit of knowledge that can contribute to the prosperity of the arts sectors through her study of Arts Management.
She has travelled worked locally and internationally as a performer for Dada Masilo, James Ngcobo, Nlhanhla Mahlangu and Sylvain Strike, amongst others. She is currently teaching at Johannesburg Theatre Arts Academy, studying at Wits University, and was dancing as a guest artist with Cape Town City Ballet in May of this year.

Ipeleng Merafe is a 31 year old professional dancer and theatre performer from Johannesburg. She began her ballet training at the tender age of 5 with Alice Anne Cassel. She then started training with Joanne Dieckmann at age 8. Ipeleng completed her Royal Academy of Dance vocational and major exams to the level of Advanced 2. Ipeleng also trained and performed with The South African Ballet Academy (ballet school directly linked to the South African Ballet Theatre, now known as Joburg Ballet). She attended the National School of the Arts in 2001 and 2002. Ipeleng was selected as an exchange student to attend a 6 week summer school at The National Ballet School in Toronto, Canada in 2003. She then participated in summer and winter programs at The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre. In 2006 Ipeleng Merafe was accepted into the Cape Academy of Performing Arts. During her 4 years of studies at the Academy she obtained a diploma in Contemporary Dance and Theatre Related Studies. Whilst at CAPA, Ipeleng was accepted into the Cape Youth Dance Company and then into the Cape Dance Company working with different choreographers such as Kitty Phetla (SA), Michael Thomas (USA), Adele Blank (SA), Christopher Huggins (USA), Sbonakaliso Ndaba (SA) and Esther Nasser (SA). During her time at CDC she performed as a soloist locally, Grahamstown National Arts Festival, and internationally; Salisbury Festival and Edinburgh Fringe Festival.