“I am of mixed race. Black and White. I do not know how much of each. All I know is that I am me and that is what I would like you to see. Not your version of what you think I should be or an image of me that is comfortable for you to accept.”
In a time when, in the name of “progress”, we put old people -wise people- behind closed doors, shut away, voiceless – ..one woman, two phases of a lifetime – the younger, fearing what she might become...the older, celebrating who she has become
‘off key’ is an integrated dance piece with four dancers and three live musicians. There are two able-bodied dancers, a dancer in a wheelchair, a dancer who is deaf, a drummer, a bass guitarist and a saxophonist. It is a simple love story: a desperate man is helped by unseen, unforeseen forces (cupids from the world beyond, if you like) to find meaning.
This is Malcolm Black, the artistic directors’, debut choreographic piece for stage; stepping away from the roll as performer where he has been a iconic performer for the last 10 years. Black was nominated for Best Newcomer in Contemporary Dance in 2002 by the FNB Dance Indaba.
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