Time and Spaces

The Marrabenta Solos

Panaibra Gabriel Canda

May 22, 2013 21:00

CANGO Cantieri Goldonetta di Firenze | IT

Duration: 60m

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The founder of Mozambique’s first contemporary dance company, Panaibra Gabriel Canda is one of the artists working towards developing autonomous choreographic creation in Africa.
With Time and Spaces: The Marrabenta Solos, he presents a show that deconstructs cultural representation of a “pure” African body. Since snatching independence from Portugal in 1975, Mozambique has been a land of social and political rifts which have seen an inflexible communist model gradually make way for a fragile democracy. This complex history is carried in the marrabenta, a musical form born in the 1950s from a mix of local and European influences. Accompanied by a guitarist, Panaibra Gabriel Canda dances and speaks about today’s African body: a post-colonial, plural body that has absorbed the ideals of nationalism, modernity, socialism and freedom of expression. His own body…

Panaibra Canda, born in Maputo, had artistic training in theatre, music and dance. He received additional training in contemporary dance Lisbon among Danças Na Cidade. He started to develop his artistic projects since 1993. In 1998 he created CulturArte, and been developing many artistic projects, including creations, showcases and training projects to encourage a local dance scene development. He also develops collaborations with artists in southern Africa and Europe, as well collaborating with artists of other disciplines. His work has been presented in Africa, Europe, the USA and Latin America.

choreography, dance: Panaibra Gabriel Canda
music: Jorge Domingos
texts: Panaibra Gabriel Canda
light designer: Myers Godwin
light operator: Aude Dierkens
costumes: Mama Africa & Lucia Pinto
props: Panaibra Gabriel Canda with support of Gonçalo Mabunda
production: CulturArte, Maputo
co-production: Sylt Quelle Cultural Award for Southern Africa 2009 – Goethe Institut Johannesburg.
with the support of: Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Bates Festival, Panorama Festival, VSArtsNM
special thanks to: Jesse Manno, Dan Minzer, Leah Wilks, Cynthia Oliver, Elsa Mulungo, Timoteo Canda

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