My Exile Is In My Head

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Through this piece the choreographer deals with personal questions of home,belonging, non-belonging and forms of exile. To give the word to the embodied body, that had passed through such tunnel of experience. In his own rationality, there is no exile without a prior movement or emigration, he who says exile, says home in reverse, but the concept of exile is not about relocation or departure, the only thing that is real is the tragedy that such loss of home constantly brings to one’s existence.

This work is presented with assistance from the French Institute of South Africa and the French Embassy South Africa




Below is a video compilation of excerpts from the Dance Umbrella Performance


Additional Info

  • Choreographer: Qudus Onikeku
  • Venue/Time: THE DANCE FACTORY, FEB 26 @ 19:30 & FEB 27 @ 14:00
  • Title of Work: My Exile Is In My Head
  • Music: Charles Amblard
  • Costume Design: none
  • Set Design: none
  • Lighting Design: Guillaume Fesneau
  • Director/Artistic Director: Qudus Onikeku
  • Dancers/Performers/Cast: Conceptions, Choreography and performance by Qudus Onikeku
  • Video: Isaak Lartey
  • Other: Technician: Mathieu Marie-Gabrielle
  • Company: none

Other Highlights

  • Fringe Programme: Saturday, February 26 from 14:00 @ The Wits Theatre: A programme of new works from young up and coming professional choreographers that will give you a view into the future!!
  • Stepping Stones a wonderful celebration of the wide diversity of South African dance!! Sunday, February 27 from 10:00 at the Wits Theatre.
  • Site Specific work by Alan Parker called Retrospective: Altered Daily: you will feel his presence all over the Dance Umbrella!!
  • Dance Writers Workshop: In partnership with the Goethe-Institut South Africa, a workshop for dance writers will be facilitated by Zingi Mkefa. Dance articles by the participants and other selected journalists will be written for The Citizen CitiVibe for the special Dance Umbrella 2011 editions!
  • Master Classes: a series of master classes facilitated by internationally renowned teacher/dancers, will take place during the Dance Umbrella: watch the press for more information!
  • DO WE NEED COCA COLA TO DANCE: A documentary about contemporary dance in Africa!! The Dance Factory: Sunday, February 27 @ 15:00. Created and produced by Qudus Onikeku from Nigeria.
  • Celebrating the life of Pina Bausch: A series of films about the legendary German choreographer Pina Bausch will be shown in partnership with the Goethe- Institut South Africa. Watch press for details!