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Xaba brings solo shows to the Market

Market Theatre Foundation
11/11/2009 11:27:35

Don't miss this rare opportunity to see Nelisiwe Xaba dancing at the Barney Simon Theatre at the Market for 11 shows only.

After touring her two solo shows internationally, Neli is back in town performing a short season of "They Look at Me and That's All They Think" and "Sakhozi Says ‘Non' To The Venus" from 25 November to 6 December.

Both these solo works are inspired by the story of Sara Baartman. Sara Baartman (1789-1815) was a Khoikhoi woman famously exhibited as a sideshow attraction in nineteenth-century Europe under the name Hottentot Venus.

They Look at Me and That's All They Think was created in collaboration with Strangelove, directed by Carlo Gibson, with animation by Lukasz Pater. The work premiered in 2006 at the FNB Dance Umbrella. Since then, it has toured across the globe to critical acclaim - visiting Brazil, the USA, Belgium, France, Switzerland, Germany, Portugal and Spain; and, in Africa, Tunisia, Reunion, Mali and Burkina Faso.

Sakhozi Says ‘Non' To The Venus first premiered at the Musee de Quai Branley in Paris in July 2008. Neli was commissioned by the museum to create a ‘solo contemporary African dance piece'. Neli, receiving the opportunity to create a work in the institution which held Sara Baartman's remains for so many years, was determined to continue her creative investigation into the story of this tragic woman. The work also reflects the violent xenophobic attacks that occurred in South Africa at the time. The title of this piece refers to the Sarkozi government's policy to give black immigrants 6000 euro to leave France.

Sakhozi Says ‘Non' To The Venus was co-created and directed by Toni Morkel, accompanied by Mocke Van Veuren's sound design and video art by Lukasz Pater.


Directors: Toni Morkel and Carlo Gibson
Performer and choreographer: Nelisiwe Xaba
Season: 25 November to 6 December 09
Venue: Barney Simon Theatre
Performance Times: Tues - Sat 20h15, Sun 15h15



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