Thursday (VIP Opening Preview)
A movemnet performance by Gregory Maqoma
Exit/Exist by Gregory Maqoma (Founder and Executive Director of Vuyani Dance Theatre) is a sensitive solo work that resonates with South Africa today, as we continue to weave through the discourse of land as a nation. Exit/ Exist reflects and explores the memory of Maqoma’s distant ancestor, Chief Jongumsobomvu Maqoma, renowned Xhosa leader who was born in 1798, arrested when he ordered the English colonisers to liberate Xhosa land and died in Robben Island in 1873. He was a figure of historical transformation and the custodian of a movement of a people.
The core of Exit/Exist is memory; rephrasing the notion of existence and the notion of simply existing in order to exist. For the RMB TAF opening night Gregory Maqoma will perform an excerpt from this production, taking a moment to pause and look back through movement.
Exit/Exist was first presented in Belgium in December 2011. Since its premiere it has received international acclaim in over one hundred cities around the world including a New York City Bessie Award for Achievement in Music and Dance Collaboration.