[ISEA2018] Artist Statement: Nhlanhla Mahlangu — Chant

Artist Statement

Other Realities sub-programme

Performance in memory of my Grandmother. A grandmother, Penny the dog and a young boy come together in a space and time crippled by war. Chant tells a personal story journeying from the suburbs of Alberton to the squatter camp in Phola Park during the 80’s and 90’s. Chant was first commissioned by the Juliedans Artist’s Lab in 2010 and premiered at the Juliedans Festival in Amsterdam in 2011. Other performances include Goethe on Main, Dance Umbrella Festival, 2012 and the Jomba! Festival in 2015.

  • Nhlanhla Mahlangu (SA) is a graduate in the theory and practice of dance teaching from Moving Into Dance Mophatong, with over 17 years of experience in theatre, dance, dance theatre and dance in education, Nhlannhla Mahlangu is a multi-skilled performer, teacher, director and composer. Born in 1979, he has travelled all over the world with his exceptional repertoire. Mahlangu currently directs is own company, Song and Dance Works.