Q.Artz - Resilience


A work originally started being constructed and choreographed in the setting of South Africa. Dealing with socio political, identity and artistic challenges. Llewellyn Mnguni started choreographing this dance work as a solo that was part of the 'MINA/MEG' exhibition in Oslo at the Historic Cultural Museum during the 2016 Oslo Gay Pride Festival, in collaboration with world renowned visual artitst/activist Zanele Muholi. This exhibition was about self representation/realisation in the context of the LGBTI community, whereby this community continuously fights against hate crimes and demoralisation.

Resilience tells the true and complicated story of a South African born LGBTI member and activist who was raised in the strict Setswana culture of South Africa. Being gay and an artist created obstacles due to old values of previous generations and the influences of society whereby the identity of man is consistently under siege, misrepresented and always under scrutiny. Inevitably the stories of the LGBTI in settings such as this, are not shared, documented neither are they celebrated in the hopes of triumph and understanding from others. This work shines the light on people in the community who are different and don’t fit into the typical norm of society, it is based on facets of gender expression and cultural identity, tackling the issues whereby there in an ongoing phenomenon, where members of LGBTI community perish unnecessarily because of hate. The work also allows the body to see it itself in its most beautiful form and presence.

Resilience is a solo work that has grown into a duet as well and continues to flourish into a multi faceted body of work with more dancers, maintaining a chameleon like structure that moves from a gallery into a site specific space as well as a formal theatre setting.

About the artist
Dancer and choreographer Llewellyn Mnguni, began training at the the age of 14, at the Mmabana Mmabatho Arts Council as a Latin American and Ballroom dance student and continued to compete on a professional level from 1999-2002. In 2003 he attended the National School of the Arts and thereafter obtained a Dance Teachers Diploma at the University of Cape Town School of Dance School in the year 2010. Mnguni also joined the Mmabana Dance Company as a full time dance teacher and choreographer from 2007-2009. While completing his final year in high school (Grade 12) he performed and choreographed for the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown in 2006 for his work ‘Prozac’ and then the GIPCA Live Arts Festival under the directorship of Jay Pather in 2012. In 2010 he joined the Bovim Ballet company under the directorship of Sean Bovim. Mnguni has performed with the likes of Celeste Botha and Marlin Zoutman during his time as a company member of New World Dance Theatre. He has collaborated with well acclaimed artists such as Ahmed Umar for “Tribute to Ali” an exhibition at the Format gallery in Oslo. He has performed the challenging roles of Odile in Swan Lake, Escamilio in Carmen and Myrtha in Giselle for Dada Masilo's extensive Asian,European, Canadian and US during 2013-2017, Mnguni also collaborated with visual artist/LGBTI activist Zanele Muholi and Lerato Dumse for a series of exhibitions and site specific shows during the 2016 Oslo gay pride week. His dance teaching experience spans from teaching at dance companies, primary and high schools as well as workshops around South Africa and Europe. He continues to work as a multi faceted artist whereby he gives talks and workshops that inspire and support the LGBTI universal community, as well as collaborating and inspiring upcoming dancers and artists.

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Shame Gallery Strostraat 30 1000 Brussel
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