Mzamo Nondlwana

Dance for the Future

brut nordwest
Performance World Premiere in English
imagetanz 2022
{Collaboration} {Transformation} {Vision of the future}

Mzamo Nondlwana dances towards the future! This solo performance in collaboration with sound artist Bassano Bonelli and visual artist İklim Doğan imagines an alternative future, rooted in radical queer-feminist movements – a future that denounces white supremacy values that are embedded in domination and destruction. Dance for the Future taps into the collective consciousness, sharing experiences during a pandemic while reinforcing the power of community as a form of healing. It is research on a dance for the future and “… a space where supernatural, fantastical, historical, and futuristic elements merge together.” (Mark Dery, American author, lecturer and cultural critic)

, © Christine Miess

Mzamo Nondlwana – Dance for the Future

, © Christine Miess

Mzamo Nondlwana – Dance for the Future

, © Christine Miess

Mzamo Nondlwana – Dance for the Future

, © Christine Miess

Mzamo Nondlwana – Dance for the Future

, © Christine Miess

Mzamo Nondlwana – Dance for the Future

, © Christine Miess

Mzamo Nondlwana – Dance for the Future

, © Christine Miess

Mzamo Nondlwana – Dance for the Future

, © Christine Miess

Mzamo Nondlwana – Dance for the Future

, © Sunanda Mesquita

Mzamo Nondlwana – Dance for the Future

Dance for the Future is shaped by themes of collectivity, grief, and transformation using notions that have been crafted by marginalised communities, especially Black, queer-feminist, migrant communities, the global south and alternative movements which have disclosed and fought against heteronormative structures. This dance is dedicated to a better future!
The Performance on March 19th will be followed by an artist talk. Moderation: Faris Cuchi Gezahegn
Mzamo Nondlwana is a queer, non-binary performing artist originally from Johannesburg, South Africa. Their work focuses on marginalised bodies and an attempt to subvert colonial fantasy. In 2006, they completed their dance education at MID (South Africa) and in 2014 SEAD (Austria). They worked with Michikazu Matsune, Doris Uhlich, Magdalena Chowaniec, Needcompany and Michael Turinsky. They are also one half of Bicha Boo Collective, an audio-visual performative collective active since 2017.

Bassano Bonelli Bassano is a multimedia artist living in Vienna, from Italy and France. Bassano's work combines performance and installation-based practice in recording and listening to sounds and voices. Using intangible volumes of space, Bassano creates constellations of sounds moving between intimate narratives and collectivity. Bassano also focuses on sound creation in collaboration with and for performers, dancers, and video artists such as Mzamo Nondlwana, Stefanie Sourial, Belinda Kazeem-Kaminski, and many more.

İklim Doğan is a visual artist and architect whose works span a variety of fields and practices including film, video-art, lectures, writing, installations, fabric. She is primarily interested in investigating means of historiography, marxism and ideologies of form: be it the architecture of the Red Vienna or renaissance paintings, or the contaminated landscapes of crime, archive and the power relations perpetuated therein. Currently, she works on a documentary film about the haunted ruins and landscapes of Armenian presence in Anatolia. Exhibitions in Istanbul, Mürzzuschlag, Dessau, Vienna. 


Concept, choreography Mzamo Nondlwana Dramaturgy Sunanda Mesquita Sound artist Bassano Bonelli Stage design Guilherme Maggessi Production manager Marissa Lobo Video İklim Doğan Costume Isabelle Edi

A co-production by Mzamo Nondlwana and imagetanz/brut Wien. With the kind support of the Department of Culture of the City of ViennaFederal Ministry for Art, Culture, Public Service and Sport, the working grant of the Department of Culture of the City of Vienna, a Raw Matters summer residency, and Bears in the Park. Thanks to nadalokal Reclaim Festival for the public sharing.

Dates & Tickets

The Performance on March 19th will be followed by an artist talk. Moderation: Faris Cuchi Gezahegn

Please read our Covid-19 regulations here

March 2022

Fri. 18.03.2022, 20:00
18 € / 14 € / 9 €

Sat. 19.03.2022, 20:00
18 € / 14 € / 9 € *followed by an artist talk. Moderation: Faris Cuchi Gezahegn

Sun. 20.03.2022, 20:00
18 € / 14 € / 9 €

brut nordwest
Nordwestbahnstraße 8-10, 1200 Vienna


imagetanz 2022 Programmfolder (PDF)
Evening programme Mzamo Nondlwana (PDF)


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