Robyn Orlin proposes debate and confrontation in her performance of And so you see… our honourable blue sky and ever enduring sun… can only be consumed slice by slice…
A live feed of the comical and emotionally-charged dancer Albert Silindokuhle Ibokwe Khoza is constant on stage immediately behind the artist’s throne. Video and live performance find a harmonious composition where the choreographer can genuinely find a refreshing palate to design space, movement and voice into one beautiful and agonising performance.
Guests are invited on stage to support Khoza in a cleaning scene -washing his body with a cloth and spray. Humiliation takes the best laughs out of everyone – and here is no exception. Khoza consistently explores the whole spectrum of each creative assignment, taking him from a rape situation to a magical and pleasurable meal savouring oranges with the utmost satisfaction and joy. The latter quickly changes into a stabbing and horrible moment. Khoza allows his voice to be the central line connecting this performance, crying and laughing in even amounts, confusing the audience.
One doesn’t know whether to shout for help or chuckle. The boundaries of this warm kinship are where Khoza performs the best. Challenging the establishment, he invites Putin ( on video) for a dance and a casual chat about an arms deal in exchange for minerals, power and money. There is a mild sarcasm underneath the entire performance highlighting the corruption, international deals and misery which overwhelm many African nations, especially South Africa, home to Robyn Orlin.
Khoza is an extraordinary performer, touching the hearts of everyone with sorrow, sadness and strength. Robyn Orlin is the incredibly original choreographer behind this heart-rending production.