Nonwane takes as its point of departure a suicide scene from the late Phaswane Mpe’s 2001 novel, Welcome to Our Hillbrow. The book deals with issues of xenophobia, suicide, sex, HIV and love. The suicide scene was initially planned to be re-enacted through the release of tons of coarse and fine salt from the 20th floor of The Sentinel flat on Quartz and Van der Merwe street, Hillbrow, the setting for the suicide in Mpe’s novel. The performance will now take place at the Summit Club, across the road from The Sentinel.
This ‘cleansing’ will take place simultaneous to The Brother Moves On, commissioned soundscape, revisiting the music of the late Moses Taiwa Molelekwa. The soundscape will take place within the parking lot of the Summit Club, opposite The Sentinel. Across Claim street, on the wall of The Summit Club, we will project A Kind of Language by Phybia Dlamini and Evan Abrahamse, a film referencing the work of K. Sello Duiker.
Date of performance
11 May 2011
Hillbrow, The Summit Club (Pretoria and Claim Streets) and WITS
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Dislocating the studio: Wits School of Arts Residency Programme
Keleketla! Library has been in residence at The Substation from April 28 till mid May 2011. Made possible by the WSOA, Keleketla! Library’s residency is a walk-in research slash social space that explores Welcome to Our Hillbrow (Phaswane Mpe, 2001), The Quiet Violence of Dreams (K. Sello Duiker, 2001) and Darkness Pass (Moses Taiwa Molelekwa, 2005). The residency is an encounter of screenings, listening sessions, walks, talks, jammings, recordings, workshops, readings, writing, discovery and creation. These encounters are a method towards an improvised performance in Hillbrow. We encourage people to visit the Substation to get a feel, chat, listen, read, view and possibly play a part.
From 28 April to May 14
The Substation gallery (with Hillbrow daily walks)