Kemang Wa Lehulere

I cut my skin to liberate the splinter

The Connelly Theater

220 E 4th Street
New York, NY 10009

$25, $15

Cape Town artist Kemang Wa Lehulere creates a new set of machines—sculptural instruments—for his collaborators to play, working with theater director Chuma Sopotela to conduct actions and movements borrowed from children’s games.  The artist also composes an accompanying sound work that was galvanized by Cosmic Africa, the 2003 documentary about Thebe Medupe, an astrophysicist who traveled throughout the continent and shared knowledge about the universe, ancient artwork in Namibia and Egypt, and myths with villagers along the way. The artist’s Commission bridges these planes of knowledge with constellations drawn from indigenous astrology, tribal wisdom, and religious rites.  

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Image credit: Kemang Wa Lehulere, I cut my skin to liberate the splinter, 2017. Photos © Paula Court. Courtesy of Performa.


Curated by RoseLee Goldberg. Supported by the Ford Foundation, Marian Goodman Gallery, the Performa Commissioning Fund and the Performa 17 South African Pavilion Committee.

Ziphozenkosi Dayile (production coordinator/ performer)

Chuma Sopotela (choreography/performer)

Lulama Qupe (technician / performer)

Daniel Bruce Gray(sound design)

Asemahle Ntlonti (performer)

Lesedi Ntsane (trumpet)

Producer: Esa Nickle

Associate Producer: Robert Wuss

Production Manager: Bob Kalas

Production Manager/Lighting Design: Megan Lang

Sound Design: Mikey Deane


Special thanks to Josh Luxenburg and The Connelly, Andrew Leslie Heyward, Josh Ginsburg, Kyle Crose, Five OHM Sound, Bryan William and A4 Arts Foundation

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