Moya Michael (RSA/BE) & Tracey Rose (RSA):



South African intermedia artist and performer Moya Michael was born in Johannesburg, where she trained in ballet under the guidance of Dianne Sparks and graduated in African and contemporary dance. Today she is based in Brussels and continues to evolve as a producer of live performances with mixed media. She has danced with the likes of Akram Khan, Gregory Maqona, Anna Teresa de Keersmaeker (Rosas), Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Damien Jalet (Eastman). “The Coloured Swan Presentations” question and reveal the changing layers of imposed identities. Classified as a “coloured” person in apartheid South Africa, Moya Michael invites artists from a variety of disciplines to research identity politics and the semantics of their social construction.

Tracey Rose, born in Durban (1974), is a seminal figure in the post-apartheid South African contemporary art world focusing on video and performance. She has had solo presentations worldwide and has featured in major international festivals such as the Venice Biennale (2001) and documenta 14 (2017). In this third iteration subtitled “The Bridge,” Rose, in collaboration with Oscar Cassamajor and Loucka Fiagan, expands the discourse to create a witchy meta-space of love, spirit, mother nature and childhood innocence by morphing words, visuals and performance.

Choreographer, set, video, dance, music, soundscape designer, concept: Moya Michael; set and video designer, collaborator: Tracey Rose; music and soundscape designer: Mitsuki Matsumoto; dramaturge: Kitty Kortes Lynch; lighting designer: Mandla Mtshali; costume designer: Povilas Bastys