Fremde Tanze

Fremde Tanze

Nelisiwe Xaba

Thu, October 12, 2017

7:30 pm

Links Hall

Chicago, IL

$10 - $20

Fremde Tanze
In Fremde Tanze Nelisiwe Xaba looks back at the exoticism of modern dance during the years between the two world wars, asking us to consider how a contemporary South African woman might view what's foreign or strange in European culture. In so doing, she confounds our preconceptions of time and space, past and present, familiar and foreign. Commissioned by Tanzfonds Erbe and premiered in Germany, Fremde Tänze​ is part of a week-long conference at Northwestern University on "Black Arts International: Temporalities and Territories," which asks how history has shaped black artistic production outside the US and how the valuation of black art changes within a global context.

BY AND WITH Nelisiwe Xaba
Nelisiwe Xaba
Nelisiwe Xaba
Born and raised in Dube, Soweto, Nelisiwe Xaba began her vibrant career in dance almost 20 years ago. In the early 1990s she received a scholarship to study at the Johannesburg Dance Foundation, as well as the Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance in London. Returning to South Africa in 1997, Xaba joined Pact Dance Company and later launched her solo career, and began working with a variety of esteemed choreographers, including Robyn Orlin. Since then Xaba has been involved in various multi-media projects, collaborating with visual artists, fashion designers, theatre and television directors, poets and musicians. Xaba’s seminal works such as Plasticization and They Look At Me & That’s All They Think have toured to various parts of the world for the past several years. The latter piece, inspired by the Hottentot Venus (Sara Baartman) saw Xaba collaborate with fashion designer Carlo Gibson of Strangelove. In 2008, Xaba collaborated with Haitian dancer and choreographer Ketty Noel to create a duet titled Correspondances – a satirical look into the politics of women to women relationships, which toured to various countries in South America, Europe and Africa. Her piece Black!..White? premiered in Paris in 2009. In the same year Xaba produced The Venus, combining two of her solo pieces, the earlier work They Look At Me and Sakhozi says non to the Venus, originally commissioned by the Musee du Quai Branly. A performance by Xaba forms part of Imaginary Fact – Contemporary South African Art and the Archive at the South African pavilion exhibition at 2016's Venice Biennale.
Venue Information:
Links Hall
3111 N. Western Ave.
Chicago, IL, 60618
http://www.linkshall.org/