Choreographer Gregory Maqoma presents his explorative and transformative film Retrace-Retract on life in Soweto.
Gregory Maqoma’s specially commissioned International Festival film, Retrace-Retract, captures the sense of a place battling with its own economic transformation and explores the differences and dynamics of cultures, traditions, hierarchies and dreams.
For the live event, Maqoma joins in conversation with the audience, hosted by choreographer Freddie Opoku-Addaie. Maqoma discusses his themes of interest, including how life functions within the parameters of architecture, how music and dance has evolved in Soweto and the relationships between an individual’s lived experience and the culture into which they are born.
Dancing in the Streets is a series of films from the streets of cities around the world. Edinburgh International Festival has commissioned four of the world’s most acclaimed choreographers, Alice Ripoll from Rio de Janeiro, Omar Rajeh from Beirut, Gregory Maqoma from Soweto and Janice Parker from Edinburgh, to create short films with their dancers, responding to the past year and reflecting on their relationship with their home cities.
Join each choreographer as they present their film for the very first time, hosted by choreographer Freddie Opoku-Addaie (recently appointed Artistic Director/Chief Executive of Dance Umbrella International Festival - London).
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