South African iconoclastic choreographer Robyn Orlin, acclaimed in Europe and Africa, has built up a repertoire of multi-layered performances that veer out of conventional dance into complex creations that incorporate diverse media like text, video and plastic art.
Her absurdist, humourous yet provocative takes on dance and performance art have resulted in shocked reactions from unamused audiences. Yet, the same body of work has won her awards around the world, most notably the French National Order of Merit in 2009. Where Orlin truly pushes the envelope is how she continually questions and challenges the myths and truths of her apartheid-scarred homeland, weighted as it is with its complex social and political history.
And So You See … continues in that vein as Orlin enlists the help of South African dancer Albert Ibokwe Khoza, a fascinating new-generation performer who also happens to be an inyanga, a traditional herbalist in South Africa. In an enchantment of pure presence, he portrays the excesses of the seven deadly sins in a “requiem to humanity” on one level. On another level, he crystallises issues playfully and ironically like “Why is it not possible to reconcile individuality with traditional culture? Why is it not possible to be a university graduate and practice traditional religion and medicine?”
Watch as he morphs from traditional healer to flamboyant performer to meditative divinity to cocooned insect. Whether bedecked in feathers or wrapped in cellophane, Khoza is a revelation, effectively embodying all that Orlin evokes in her work. The graceful and the grotesque, the refined and the vulgar, the sublime and the sad – you will be brought to the extremes and back again.
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Robyn OrlinBorn in 1955 in Johannesburg, Robyn Orlin studied at the London School of Contemporary Dance 1975 – 1980. With the help of a Fulbright scholarship, she then completed her Masters in Fine Art at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago from 1990 till 1993. She has been working consistently on her own work in South Africa from then onwards. Nicknamed in South Africa “a permanent irritation”, she is well known for reflecting the difficult and complex realities in her country. Integrating different media (text, video, plastic arts...) she investigates a certain theatrical reality, which has enabled her to find her unique choreographic vocabulary.
Albert Ibokwe Khoza
Albert Ibokwe Khoza has been performing since the age of 10 doing a lot of school plays and advertisements for retail stores. In 2005 he joined the Hillbrow theatre under the supervision and tutor of Michael Linda Mkhwanazi and Gerard Bester in which he represented his high school in the inner City Drama schools' festivals.
Driven by the passion and the love of the arts he decided to take the arts very seriously, applying to do a Bachelor of Arts in Dramatic Arts at the University of Witwatersrand where he mastered more than one discipline - music, drama, and dance. Albert believes that theatre or dance or just art in general is a weapon to remind, strike, inflict awareness and to create change. Albert continues working hard and creating works that is nationally acclaimed and well received by audience all over.