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Mixed Not Diluted: A research project in search of likeness beyond difference

Lorin Sookool and Sumalgy Nuro. Image: Franziska Kas, Cape Town (SA) and Zurich (CH)

Mixed Not Diluted

20 March - 8 May

4-6 May
Oficina Municipal de Dança, Maputo, Mozambique

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South Africa >> Mozambique

Mixed Not Diluted is a research project by Lorin Sookool which seeks to unearth the lived experiences of those racially mixed persons based in Mozambique. It seeks to excavate personal realities especially in relation to culture, spirituality as well as Mozambican society. Through the exploration of these personal, social and cultural complexities, Mixed Not Diluted aims to uncover how the socially-constructed idea of racial groups may inform individual and group identity.

While it is understood that the topic of mixed-raceness in Mozambique is different to that of the South African mixed-race experience historically, politically and culturally, this project aims to find associations in terms of a human-to-human similarity of people who find themselves in the non-homogenous mixed-race group; a likeness beyond skin, and towards a common spiritual seeking.

In this research project Lorin, with the help of Mozambican dancer/musician Sumalgy Nuro and dancer Matanyane Nhamucume, will engage in interviews with local Mozambicans and host a workshop in Maputo which invites performers of all genres to exchange skills, discuss and explore these themes performatively. The workshop will take place 4-6 May at Oficina de Dança, with thanks to Kinani Festival. The goal of this research stage is to create an audio-visual research material bank which can be used for the development of a cross-national collaborative performance in 2021.

Lorin Sookool and Sumalgy Nuro. Image: Franziska Kas, Cape Town (SA) and Zurich (CH)