Choreographer Gregory Maqoma presents his explorative and transformative film Retrace-Retract on life in Soweto alongside poet Jefferson Tshabalala.
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 is joined by poet Jefferson Tshabalala, with whom he collaborated with on the text for the film. The film and resulting photographic stills are used as a dynamic backdrop for Maqoma’s movement and dance and Tshabalala’s spoken word. A hosted conversation with the audience follows, where 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.
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