Mamela Nyamza: Performance and Conversation

Mamela Nyamza: Performance and Conversation

Friday, September 16, 2016 . 6:30PM
Mamela Nyamza in Hatched Photo by John Hogg

Event Attributes

Join South African guest artist Mamela Nyamza in conversation, celebration, and performance of "PARKS OF ROSES," the new dance theater work she has been creating throughout her three-week TDPS residency in collaboration  with students and alums. 

Inspired by Rosa Parks and the histories the US and South Africa share of apartheid and segregation, the audience will have an opportunity to experience Nyamza's extraordinary alchemy in transforming oppression into art that challenges, confronts, disarms, heals.

Nyamza says,

As a black woman from South Africa, I acknowledge the immense contribution America had made towards the dismantling of Apartheid in South Africa.

Thus the work PARKS OF ROSES specifically interrogates the similarities and celebrates the triumphs against segregation and apartheid as espoused by women in both USA and RSA. The late Rosa Parks' resistance in the bus in 1955, and the South African Women's March of 1956 against racial discrimination are core thematic pointers of this work.

Join the artist for a reception following the performance in the Dance Courtyard of the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center.