Mohau Modisakeng

ZION

Processional will include these traveling venues in Harlem, Central Park and Times Square at these times.

 

Time: 11:00 AM — 12:00 PM

Part one: HARLEM
AME Mother Zion on 137th and turn on Adam Clayton to go past the street with the Billie Holiday - Jazz Club. From there move to the Hotel Teresa, then move to the site of the iconic “A great Day in Harlem” group portrait at 7 East 126th between 5th Ave and Madison.


Time: 2:00 PM — 3:00 PM 

Part two: CENTRAL PARK
Start at the MET walk through 85th St Transverse into the park, go around the north side of the Great Lawn, pass the south side of Arthur Ross Pinetum, around Summit Rock and leave Central Park on the cross of Central Park West and W 81st St.


Time: 4:30 PM — 5:15 PM

Part Three: TIMES SQUARE
Procession start at Broadway Plaza between 42nd Street and 43rd Street.
The Times Square portion will travel along 42nd Street to the Broadway Plaza between 42nd and 43rd Streets for a choreographed performance, before exiting along 43rd Street.

Free


For Mohau Modisakeng, born in Johannesburg, raised in Soweto, and now based in Johannesburg and Cape Town, there is no distinction between the personal and the political in his diverse practice. His performances, installations, films, and photographs utilize and articulate memory as a means of traveling between the past and the present to delve into highly debated matters of history, the body, and place in a country grappling with a very recent past (and implied present) of apartheid, conflict over mineral wealth, rampantly growing capital inequality, and conflicted national identity-building. 

For ZION, Modisakeng choreographs a street procession of 17 dancers, each one carrying an array of personal possessions, various pieces of baggage, and furniture via an exodus choreography of walking, running, jumping, falling, leaning, and sitting—enacting the blistered legacy of segregation, violent displacement, colonialism, and apartheid coursing through South African history. Occupying himself with the consequences of his compatriots’ exploitation, this performance acknowledges both the grief and catharsis of a population subject to the machinations of violence, forced migration, and subjugation.

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Harambee Dance Company (Bronx, NY) pulls together the essence of African and African-American dance and music presenting it from an innovative and exciting new contemporary perspective. The 25-member company, which continues to ignite audiences around the world, is comprised of exceptionally skilled dancers and musicians versed in a multiplicity of styles and related art forms. The company incorporates the traditional and contemporary to create a new style of African Dance. The company’s enlightening and thought-provoking presentations challenge audiences to expand their perception of dance. These are "moves" that touch the soul, and are designed to build and strengthen a greater understanding of our diverse American cultural heritage. Click HERE for more information.

Image credit: Mohau Modisakeng, ZION, 2017, in Central Park. Photos © Paula Court. Courtesy of Performa.; Mohau Modisakeng, ZION, 2017, in Times Square. Photos © Cameron Cuchulainn. Courtesy of Performa.

Credits

Curated by RoseLee Goldberg. Co-presented by Times Square Arts. Supported by the Ford Foundation, Times Square Arts, WHATIFTHEWORLD, Wendy Fisher and the South African Pavilion Committee, and the Performa Commissioning Fund.

 

Maaike Gouwenberg, Biennial Producer

Sasha Okshteyn, Associate Producer

Xica Aires, Associate Producer

Ashleigh McLean / WHATIFTHEWORLD, Associate Producer

Director: Mohau Modisakeng

Dance Company: Harambee Dance Company

Set design: Mohau Modisakeng

Writer: Mohau Modisakeng

Score for Times Square: Neo Muyanga

 

Acknowledgements and Special Thanks: Eclectic Props, Frank and Sandella Malloy, the dancers of Harambee Dance Company, and Andrew Dinwiddie

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