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Time & Spaces: The Marrabenta Solos

This year marks the 20th year anniversary of Mozambican strategic partner,    CulturArte, founded by Panaibra Gabriel Canda.

And part of anniversary celebrations and through our Swiss Agency for  Development and Cooperation funded Ants Mobility programme, Canda will be showing his work Time and Spaces: The Marrabenta Solos at the Grahamstown Arts Festival and in Johannesburg.

National Arts Festival, Grahamstown

4 July, 11h00 & 15h00
5 July, 11h00

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Panaibra Gabriel Canda from Rencontres chorégraphiques on Vimeo.

University of Johannesburg

13 July
14 July

The Marrabenta Solos, explores a crisis of identity, deconstructs cultural representations of a “pure” African body, particular, the Mozambican body. Since snatching independence from Portugal in 1975, Mozambique has been a land of social and political rifts which have seen an inflexible communist model gradually make way for a fragile democracy.

The performance explores the idea of today’s African body: a post-colonial, plural body that has absorbed the ideals of nationalism, modernity, socialism and freedom of expression. The performance is accompanied by a guitarist, who explores the marrabenta music, a musical form born in the 1950s from a mix of local and European influences.


Choreography: Panaibra Gabriel Canda

Dancer: Panaibra Gabriel Canda

Musician: Jorge Domingos

Light: Caldino Alberto