Organised by the Shanghai Ming Contemporary Art Museum (McaM), with independent curator Zhao and Pro Helvetia Shanghai, Swiss Arts Council’s initiative, ‘Staging Alterity’ gathers younger explorative performers from Asia, Africa, Latin America and Europe, demonstrating a spectrum of possibilities of performance.
This year, invited by Zhao, and supported by Pro Helvetia Johannesburg, Humphrey Maleka of Johannesburg-based dance company Ntsoana, will attend, seeking to investigate, share and perform his work titled Displacement.
In Displacement, Humphrey looks at the social medium of ‘games,’ seeing that the very important human aspect of games has been lost through the development of technology based gaming. He moves between indigenous games with organic materials, human interaction and physicality, and gaming or device scenarios of today’s urban context, and considers the contemporary ability to be in several places at one time, while physically less present.
Humphrey’s artistic practise generally centres around socio-political matters, with an intention to stimulate conversations and discussions and the hope to inspire engagement and solution generating action to our societal challenges.
This year Zhao hopes to create a gathering ‘which is both trans-cultural and porous in its delimitations’:
“Two years after the first Staging Alterity event, I wish to reopen the discussion about rehearsal and performance, and have that discussion take the form of a festival, one centered on seeing performance not as products but the presence of people, in interaction and intersection with more people.”
“Staging Alterity” first took place at the Shanghai Minsheng Art Museum before the end of 2016. Through lectures, short performances, discussions and workshops over 4 days creating encounters between diverse regions and histories.
Pic: Suzy Bernstein