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there/here (echoed throes of rebellion) Oct 29, 2013

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grain is the blood
of the sacrificial bull.

where are the cattle?
everywhere the moon wanes.

we [the people] are the cattle
of the nemesis of anonymous.

may we steal ourselves
and be free to move om

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I wasn't going to write this piece. Oct 29, 2013

I wasn't going to write this piece. 

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"an offering of transcendent power" - The Seattle Times weighs in on Gregory Maqoma Oct 28, 2013

"The ferociously gifted dancer-choreographer Gregory Maqoma pays homage to his revered Xhosa ancestor in Exit/Exist, the mesmerizing dance piece presented over the weekend at On the Boards." - read Misha Berson's review in the Seattle Times

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Exit/Exist Oct 26, 2013

Exit/Exist was hypnotic and delicate like fine silk touching my senses.

Una estupenda manifestación de arte contemporanio africano atravez del baile, musica y canto. El sonido de la guitarra española con ritmos africanos y bits electronicos crean un ambiente adecuado para contar la historia de ansestros conectados con la tierra y la denuncia de la opresión britanica en Sur Africa.

Muy buena obra, realmente la recomiendo a todos.

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"collaborating with ancestors to tell a new story" - Common Observer culture blog reviews Exit/Exist Oct 26, 2013

photo by John Hogg

"...he isn’t dancing a history so much as collaborating with his ancestor’s stories to tell a new story. The whole thing from start to finish is an enthralling collaboration of ideas, things, movements, times, histories, and people."

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Imagining Unwritten Histories: Gregory Maqoma Oct 26, 2013

As a child growing up in the American Midwest in the 1980s, I remember learning about the fight against apartheid in South Africa, mainly by watching powerful movies like Biko and A World Apart. The images and stories from those films—as well as the news stories about Nelson Mandela in particular, and his extraordinary heroism—are still fresh in my memory.

 

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Gregory Maqoma: Man is cattle and land, and the cattle and land are man. Oct 26, 2013

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"reaches an almost spiritual place..." - read the City Arts review Oct 26, 2013

"The collaborative work, from Maqoma and his dance troupe Vuyani Dance Theatre...reaches an almost spiritual place, enveloped by the unexplainable magic that occurs with some performances."

Read the City Arts review here

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"delicate, isolated precision" - The Sunbreak reviews Exit/Exist Oct 26, 2013

"...the changes from one emotional state to another, which are the salient part of plot, could not be more clear. As one member of the audience said, we understand the story in our bodies rather than our minds."

 

Read the review here

 

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"Revelatory Feet" - The Stranger Slog reviews Exit/Exist Oct 25, 2013

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