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Recording: 2015-03-11 , HAU Hebbel am Ufer (HAU3) (Video © Walter Bickmann)

Sifiso Majola

Run silent, run deep

HAU Hebbel am Ufer (HAU3)

Production Details / Press Releases

What is power, and who holds it? Is it possible that the one who flaunts it, doesn’t have it? Sifiso Majola’s new group piece “Run silent, run deep” is an interrogation of the notions of power, its representations, its masquerades, its presences and absences. It is a resounding question of having, or not having, in a world full of echoes of colonial mimicry, of being, only when one can have. Or buy. What chance to be, when one can’t have? What is the place of citizenship within a political and cultural vacuum? If that, which parades as power, is not, what then is the recourse for the absolutely powerless?

Sifiso Majola was born in Durban and raised in Kwa-Mashu, South Africa. In 2001 he joined PHENDUKA Dance Theatre and began his training with Sifiso E. Kweyama, Sbonakaliso Ndaba and Ondine Bello. Prior Sifiso worked with a number of high-calibre professional choreographers such as Jay Pather, Gary Gordon, Sifiso E. Kweyama, Feri de Geus (Netherlands), John Allen (USA), Mdu Mtshali, Somizi Mhlongo, Acty Tang, David Gouldie, Mark Hawkins and Lliane Loots and Mdu Mtshali. Since 2006 he has been working with First Physical Theatre Company in Grahamstown. He has choreographed for DUT Dance Drama Students for several times and has also received a Phillip Stein award for Dance Umbrella 2009 and a Costume Design Award at the KZN Dance Link Durban Dance Awards 2009. Majola has won commissions not only for the JOMBA! Festival in Durban but also for the FNB VITA Dance umbrella in Johannesburg and National Festival in Grahamstown.

Cast & Credits

Choreography: Sifiso Thamsanqa Majola
Performance: Sifiso Thamsanqa Majola, Tegan Kate Peacock, Jabu Mzamo Siphika
Light: Matthews Phala
Technical Director: Matthews Phala
Music: Tangled Thought of Leaving
Production: Sifiso Majola
Coproduction: HAU Hebbel am Ufer
“Return to Sender” is funded by the TURN Foundation of the Federal Cultural Foundation.

HAU Hebbel am Ufer (HAU3)

Tempelhofer Ufer 10
10963 Berlin

Tickets: +49 (0)30 259 004 27

Video Documentation

The video documentation is produced on behalf of the Senate Department for Culture and Social Cohesion. The purpose of this contract is to document productions in the field of contemporary dance in Berlin. The master recordings are archived by the University Library of the Berlin University of Arts. Copies of the recordings on DVD are available for viewing exclusively in the reference collections of the following archives (at media desks in these institutions):

University Library of the Berlin University of Arts
Mediathek für Tanz und Theater des Internationalen Theaterinstituts / Mime Centrum Berlin
Inter-University Centre for Dance Berlin (HZT)

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