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CONQUEST and PRISON
Conquest and Prison is a two-part suite of site-specific dance films set in Grahamstown, South Africa. Part I –– Oscar’s Journey –– is a solo performance by Oscar Buthelezi, the first African choreographer to win the prestigious Kurt Jooss Prize (Road 2016). This personal work combines spoken word and a performance at British built Ft. Selwyn.
Part II –– Child’s Play–– features Lorin Sookool and Julia Wilson at the Old Gaol, which imprisoned 1000’s of black South Africans. This virtual duet attempts to reclaim and re-imagine this site of suffering.
Dance is a form of a visual poetry. The words of the dancers reverberate in the space between past and present in South Africa.
YEAR OF RELEASE
Music Composition Andrew Mario Smith
Music Compilation Teboho Gilhert Letele
Lorin Sookool and Julia Wilson
Music Matt Vend
SCREENING AND BROADCAST
NY African Film Festival/Brooklyn Academy of Music
African World Documentary Festival: Stellensbosh University (South Africa); Srinakharinwirot University (Thailand); Caribbean Film School (Trinidad and Tobago)
Ó'Bhéal Poetry-Film Competition/IndieCork Film Festival
40 NORTH Dance Film Fest (San Diego)
Triskelion Dance Film Festival (New York)
International Festival of Films on Art (Montreal)
African World Documentary Festival
Dance For Reel (Atlanta)
San Diego Central Library