To celebrate Heritage Month this September, Luthando Arts Academy is presenting an experimental dance production titled Trilogy by Luyanda Sidiya in partnership with the internationally renowned choreographer and the South African State Theatre.
Trilogy features three of Sidiya’s critically acclaimed works: Umnikelo (offering), Siva and Amawethu. The show takes place at Luthando Arts Academy, co-founded by Sidiya and Thoko Seganye, and situated in a peri-urban location in Sebokeng.
“These three full-length works are part of the decoloniality project, which we decided to use as a vehicle to conscientize and restore the value of African works. Come join us in celebrating this month of Heritage and enjoy the crucible of indigenous knowledge systems,” explains Sidiya.
Umnikelo (The Offering), from 9-12 September at 7pm
Umnikelo speaks to the act of wilful submission towards a deity or a force transcending physical comprehension. “We yield ourselves to our god(s) in poured-out submission, offering our very being over in wrapped converse with our Source.” This work also features a special performance by acclaimed singer, Buhlebendalo Mda.
Siva, from 16-19 September at 7pm
Siva investigates individual internal conflicts – “As human beings tangle in our own disorder, disruption, and disassociation we constantly yearn for that which guides us to completeness, to oneness. We are in constant search within ourselves.” This offering features Billy Langa, Choreographer, Writer and Director of the acclaimed “Tswalo”.
Amawethu, from 23-26 September at 7pm
Amawethu tells a human story that seeks to rectify, more so, reclaim who we are as a people from our culture and customs – and the distortions that predate the African slave trade that led us to believe that our own spirituality had a demonic, pagan, uncivilized, barbaric and godless origin.
Venue: Luthando Arts Academy, Sebokeng Unit 6, Sebokeng
Cost: From R100pp to R120pp