The Smeer performative installation examines the intersection of modernity, gender, and identity, and how these bodies construct well-defined social roles that impose patriarchal and hegemonic systems. From a healing ceremony that takes place between a group of Ovahimbas (indigenous people living in northern Namibia and southern Angola), the coexistence between tradition and modernity and past and present in the hustle and bustle of a contemporary city are underscored.
Trixie Munyama is the curator of the Windhoek International Dance Festival. She trained in traditional Oshiwambo dances and at the London School of Contemporary Dance, the University of Cape Town and the École des Sables. She is the founder of the Da-mai Dance Ensemble, with which she explores narratives relevant to Namibia’s social context and explores the politics surrounding the African body in dance. With almost twenty years of experience as a dancer, choreographer and teacher, she considers dance to be intricately intertwined with history, sociopolitics and identity politics, including in her work current discourses such as the Ovaherer and Nama peoples genocides. Trixie investigates the African black body as the centrepiece of her works. In addition, she is part of the Aïda Colmenero Dïaz Company.
Concepts Trixie Munyama / Performers Trixie Munyama, West Uarije / Artistic curator Nashilongweshipwe Mushaandja / Distribution Africa Moment
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