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Spurred on by her childhood memories of growing up in Johannesburg during apartheid, South-African choreographer Robyn Orlin seeks to disentangle the practice of the Zulu rickshaw drivers from its colonial enmeshments. Donning their traditional, multicoloured costumes, eight young South African dancers re-enact the façade that obscures their deplorable living conditions. “We wear our wheels with pride and slap your streets with color… we said ‘bonjour’ to satan in 1820…” pays tribute to the rickshaw drivers’ beauty and inventiveness, while simultaneously revealing their underlying struggle of resistance and their refusal to compromise their dignity.
South-African choreographer Robyn Orlin has for the past twenty years been confronting the truths and myths of South Africa’s complex history. In her controversial and provocative performance works, she seamlessly interweaves post-colonial history with personal narratives, audience participation and mesmerising theatre. She has won multiple awards, among which the Laurence Olivier Award and most recently, France’s highest honour, the National Order of Merit. With her company Moving Into Dance Mophatong (previously City Theatre and Dance Group Johannesburg) she tours worldwide, while also including the community in her creative process and facilitating the artistic development of young dancers in her hometown. Tanz im August welcomes her back after hosting her works in 2002 and in 2018 respectively.
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TFB Nr. 1673
Cast & Credits
Choreography: Robyn Orlin
With dancers of Moving Into Dance Mophatong: Sunnyboy Motau, Oscar Buthelezi, Eugene Mashiane, Lesego Dihemo, Sbusiso Gumede, Teboho Letele
Live music & composition: UkhoiKhoi / Yogin Sullaphen & Anelisa Stuurman
Video design: Eric Perroys
Costume design: Birgit Neppl
Lighting design: Romain de Lagarde
Management: Jean-Marc L’Hostis
Tour management Thabo Pule
Stage management: Jordan Azincot
Booking Damien: Valette
Coordination: Louise Bailly
Production: City Theater & Dance Group, MIDM – Moving Into Dance Mophatong, Damien Valette Prod
Co-production: Tanz im August / HAU Hebbel am Ufer, Festival Montpellier Danse, Chaillot – Théâtre National de la Danse, Le Grand T – Théâtre de Loire-Atlantique, Charleroi Danse – Centre chorégraphique de Wallonie, Théâtre Garonne – Scène Européenne, Château-Rouge – scène conventionnée d’Annemasse
Supported by: DRAC Ile-de-France
With the friendly support of the Institut Français and the French Ministry of Culture / DGCA.
In cooperation with Volksbühne am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz.
Tanz im August 2022
Artistic Director: Virve Sutinen
Executive Producer Festival: Stefan Nagel
Curator & Producer: Andrea Niederbuchner
Producer & Assistant to Artistic Director: Alina Scheyrer-Lauer
Producer: Ekaterina Voronova
Production Assistant: Johanna Herrschmann
Production Associates: Vivien Hohnholz, John Hoobyar, Mmakgosi Kgabi, Raquel Moreira, Lilli Ruopp, Tammo Walter
Technical Director Festival: Ingo Ruggenthaler
Tanz im August is a festival by HAU Hebbel am Ufer, funded by the Capital Cultural Fund.
Volksbühne am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz
The video documentation is produced on behalf of the Senate Department for Culture and Europe. 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)