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.
University of Johannesburg
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