Mzamo Nondlwana

Turning Point

brut nordwest
Dance / Performance world premiere in English
{Migration} {Memory} {Queering soap operas}

Queer feminism, comedy and catharsis: For their dance performance Turning Point, Mzamo Nondlwana invites dancer Evandro Pedroni, sound artist Lens Kühleitner, and video artist Maanila Santos de Moraes to share their queer-feminist takes on personal experiences of arrival and leaving on stage.

Turning Point employs absurdity through re-enactment, parody, and outrageous exaggeration as emancipatory survival strategies. Between arrival and departure, thoroughly explored rhythm, and catharsis as a means of liberation from emotional turmoil, classic soap operas and contemporary queer culture become evident as sources of inspiration.

, © Elif Gündüz

Mzamo Nondlwana – Turning Point

, © Elif Gündüz

Mzamo Nondlwana – Turning Point

, © Elif Gündüz

Mzamo Nondlwana – Turning Point

, © Elif Gündüz

Mzamo Nondlwana – Turning Point

, © Elif Gündüz

Mzamo Nondlwana – Turning Point

, © Elif Gündüz

Mzamo Nondlwana – Turning Point

, © Elif Gündüz

Mzamo Nondlwana – Turning Point

, © Elif Gündüz

Mzamo Nondlwana – Turning Point

, © Elif Gündüz

Mzamo Nondlwana – Turning Point

For Turning Point, Mzamo Nondlwana invites dancer Evandro Pedroni, sound artist Lens Kühleitner, and video artist Maanila Santos de Moraes to share their queer-feminist takes on personal experiences of arrival and leaving. Inspired by Black writer/activist Audre Lorde (1934–1992) and her studies on the creative power of eroticism, this dance performance employs various means of expression as tools, thus creating entanglements of migrant realities, memories, and visions. United by marginalised life experiences, Turning Point embraces the absurd by re-enactment, parody, and exaggeration as strategies of emancipation and survival. Between appearing and disappearing, the performance presents its thoroughly explored rhythm in cathartic processes as a means of liberation from emotional turmoil, thus vividly showing how deeply it is rooted in both soap operas from the Global South and contemporary queer culture. Together with the performers, the audience will feel the abundance of such manifestations, the drama of it all, the titular turning point.

 

Mzamo Nondlwana is a queer, non-binary performance artist from Johannesburg, South Africa, who lives in Vienna. Their work focuses on marginalised bodies and attempts to subvert colonial fantasies. Following their dance training at MID in South Africa and SEAD in Austria, Mzamo Nondlwana worked with Michikazu Matsune, Doris Uhlich, Magdalena Chowaniec, the Needcompany, and Michael Turinsky and is part of the Bicha Boo Collective active since 2017.

Evandro Pedroni is Brazilian performer, dancer, and choreographer who lives in Vienna. He has performed in pieces by Cocoon Dance, Akemi Takeya, Elisabeth Tambwe, Costas Kekis and others. Evandro Pedroni’s creations and co-operations have been presented at festivals such as ImPulsTanz, imagetanz, Kultursommer Wien, PAD – Performance Art Depot, Germany, and FAKI 18, Croatia, and within other frameworks such as Tanzzentrale Nürnberg, Wien Kultur, WUK, brut Wien, Im_flieger, and Bears in the Park Art Place as well as at HochX Theater, Live Art, and EinTanzHaus, all in Germany.

Lens Kühleitner is a non-binary performance artist and musician who lives in Vienna and works with sound, video, and movement, combining pop music with techno and mix resulting thoughts into a soft, melodious mess. They have made appearances, some of them as Lan Rex, at Popfest Wien, HYPERREALITY, brut Wien, YOUKI Festival, and ImPulsTanz. They have also published two EPs (Absatz1, C) with Tender Matter and the album All Sides Find Insides with Ventil Records in collaboration with the TEARING duo. Lens Kühleitner has contributed sound and performances at Wienwoche, STERRRN Festival Graz, Kultursommer Wien, YUP Osnabrück, Belvedere 21, Britney X Festival Cologne, Theater der Künste Zurich as well as projects at Tanzquartier Wien, Kosmos Theater, and Tonspur MuseumsQuartier. In 2023, they were part of Tanzquartier Wien’s PARASOL Dance Company.

Maanila Santos de Moraes (aka Ironica Los Culos, DJ Möser, Ironica) is a Brazilian mixed-media artist and DJ who lives in Vienna. She specialises in audio-visual installations, set design, animation, video art, illustration, screenprinting, object design, video mapping, street art, visual live performances, and conceptual art. She is best known for her audio-reactive video mapping on 3-D objects that offer new dimensions and perspectives on global issues of our time. Maanila Santos de Moraes has presented pieces and exhibitions in Austria, Germany, Switzerland, the Netherlands, India, South Africa, Botswana, Mosambique, Malawi, Namibia, the United Kingdom, Brazil, the Czech Republic, Russia, Slovakia, Hungary, Portugal, and Bulgaria. She also worked for institutions such as CERN, Lifeball, Ninjatunes, the Wiener Festwochen, Tosca, and others.

Credits

Concept and choreography Mzamo Nondlwana Dance and creation Evandro Pedroni Sound design, live sound Lens Kühleitner Scenography, video Maanila Santos de Moraes Costume, make-up and graphic design Isabelle Edi Costume design assistant Gabriel Moncayo Asan Dramaturgy Sunanda Mesquita Dance dramaturgy Elizabeth Ward Lighting design Yasemin Duru Video documentation, trailer Susana Ojeda Production Club Havera (Sheri Avraham)

The project Turning Point was developed during the residency programme in Köttinspektionen Dans, Uppsala.

A co-production by Mzamo Nondlwana / Club Havera and brut Wien.

With the kind support of the City of Vienna’s Department of Cultural Affairs and the Austrian Federal Ministry of Art, Culture, Civil Service and Sport.

Dates & Tickets

The performance on Fri, 12 April will be followed by an artist talk (moderated by Denise Palmeri). 

April 2024

Thu. 11.04.2024, 20:00
Sold out

Fri. 12.04.2024, 20:00
Choose your price category € 22/€ 16/€ 11 / *Followed by an artist talk (moderated by Denise Palmeri)

Sat. 13.04.2024, 20:00
Choose your price category € 22/€ 16/€ 11
    
Tickets

Sun. 14.04.2024, 20:00
Choose your price category € 22/€ 16/€ 11
    
Tickets

brut nordwest
Nordwestbahnstraße 8-10, 1200 Vienna

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brut all over Vienna

brut nordwest

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Nordwestbahnstraße 8-10, 1200 Vienna
Subway: U1, U2 (Praterstern), U4 (Friedensbrücke), U6 (Dresdnerstraße) Tram: 5 (Nordwestbahnstraße) Bus: 5A (Wasnergasse)

April 2024
Mzamo Nondlwana
Turning Point
April 2024
Daniela Georgieva
Fluscia
May - June 2024
Nesterval
The Pink Triangle

Meeting point: Gasthaus Hansy at Praterstern

accessible 

Heinestraße 42 , 1020 Vienna
Subway: U1, U2 (Praterstern) / S-Bahn: S1, S2, S3, S4, S7 (Praterstern) / Tram: 5 (Praterstern)

May - June 2024
Out and about featuring QWIEN
The Nameless of Leopoldstadt

brut at Bank Austria Kunstforum Wien

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Freyung 8, 1010 Vienna
Subway: U1 (Stephansplatz), U2 (Schottentor), U3 (Herrengasse) / Tram: 1, 37, 38, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44 (Schottentor) / Bus: 1A, 2A (Herrengasse U), 3A (Renngasse)

June 2024
Aldo Giannotti in Collaboration with Karin Pauer
HOUSE OF CONSTRUCTS

Rote Bar at Volkstheater

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Arthur-Schnitzler-Platz 1, 1070 Vienna
Subway: U3 (Volkstheater) / Tram: 49 (Volkstheater) / Bus: 48A (Volkstheater)

June 2024
Arno Böhler, Susanne Valerie Granzer, Sabina Holzer & Florian Reiners
RED MATTERS OF THE *HEART*

brut at Sportplatz 1210

accessible

Jedlersdorfer Platz 25, 1210 Vienna
Subway U6 (Florisdorf) / S-Bahn: S1, S2, S3, S4, S7 (Floridsdorf) / Tram: 30, 31 (Brünner Straße / Hanreitergasse) / Bus: 30A, 32A (Toni Fritsch Weg)

June 2024
Theater im Bahnhof
RUNNING OUT

studio brut

not accessible

Zieglergasse 25, 1070 Wien
Subway: U3 (Zieglergasse), Tram: 49 (Westbahnstraße / Zieglergasse)

April - May 2024
Claudia Lomoschitz
Vibrant Void

brut nordwest – rehearsal space

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Nordwestbahnstraße 8-10, 1200 Vienna

May 2024
Handle with care with Jaskaran Anand
June 2024
A temporary collective of students and artists from the Department of Site-Specific Art / University of Applied Arts Vienna
Exactly as Imagined