Sun in Bloom: Performance with Siphesihle November

Join MOCA in welcoming Principal Dancer of the National Ballet, Siphesihle November, for an evening of intimate conversation and performance. Siphesihle has worked closely with MOCA to choreograph Sun in Bloom, a site-specific performance in dialogue with the museum’s current exhibition, Remediation by Kapwani Kiwanga. His dance and choreographic practice are heavily influenced by the African diaspora and his own personal experiences of migration.

Siphesihle came to dance through Kwaito, a genre of music that emerged in South Africa in the 1990s. From there he began to mix hip-hop with ballet stylings, performing in the streets of his hometown, Zolani. These roots, combined with the inspiration from Kiwanga’s work, have resulted in the development of a unique and personal composition that speaks to themes of intervention, change and colonial histories.

The performance will be followed by a conversation between Siphesihle and MOCA’s Curator of Public Programmes, Candice Cavanagh. The pair will explore Siphesihle’s choreographic and dance practices, as well as expanding on the process of responding to an existing exhibition of contemporary art.

Currently on sale for all MOCA Members, tickets will become available to the general public starting May 22.

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Sun in Bloom: Performance with Siphesihle November

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