Detours 2014 sho starts
The Detours festival at Wits Theatre, which runs up to 17 May, has works that include Nighflower, a collaboration between Jeanette Ginslov and Juanita Finestone-Praeg, You are Delicious by Wits alumni, Leigh Nudelman Sussman, Strand’d by Tumelo Maloka, as well as a special viewing of the top 10 films selected for the international ‘60 seconds dance’ film competition.
Presented on Thursday was simple, obsessive choreography and images of insects projected onto the mosquito net, as well as a haunting mixture of insect sounds, Claire evoked her childhood experience as seen from within this cocoon. Through this combination of visual elements, sound and choreography she will attempt to critique her own privilege and the way it isolates one from the pressing issues of what it means to be South African. The rest of the evening was spent in the Downstairs Theatre, watching Caught by Nomcebisi Moyikwa of First Physical Theatre, eXist by Kwanele Thusi and Tiishang Aphane’s The Three Monkeys.
Caught is a choreographic revelation and investigation of the film form. With reference to ways of viewing, the dominant idea of the ‘male gaze’ and dominant classical narrative cinema, Caught explores how the notion of the ‘erotic’ and ‘exotic’ are encoded within a certain patriarchal order.
This work is a physical interplay between two women who are caught in a half room with a light bulb as their only source of light. Using the visual lance of the camera as a choreographic exploration, Caught questions the cinematic voyeurs gaze as violent, political, sexual and personal.
Kwanele Finch Thusi’s eXist demonstrates the choreographer’s trilogical intention behind illusion and perceived forms of existence and reality. As the final work in a three- part trilogy, eXist attempts to raise the questions of normativity and morphed identity. Exploring the obsession with technology, which allows an individual to be more than one person at the same time, the work questions ability to shift identity, shed skin and become new. The camera is the ‘third eye’ but can we truly trust its authenticity?
The Three Monkeys is a new work choreographed by Tiishang Aphane. In the Western world, the phrase ‘the three monkeys’ is often used to refer to those who deal with impropriety by turning a blind eye ; ‘hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil’. Here various meanings are ascribed to the ‘monkeys’ and the proverb, including associations being of good mind, speech and action.