Mother’s ab­sence hits home in ‘iKhaya’


THE Steve Biko Foun­da­tion, in part­ner­ship with In­doni Dance Arts & Lead­er­ship Acad­emy, wowed au­di­ences on Satur­day when it per­formed iKhaya

(Home), a the­atri­cal dance and mu­si­cal per­for­mance show­cas­ing the void left by grow­ing up with­out a sense of home.

In­spired by the true story of award-win­ning chore­og­ra­pher, Sbonakaliso Nd­aba, iKhaya is a com­pelling new work on gen­er­a­tions who have been raised with­out a sense of be­long­ing.

Nd­aba said when her mother died she was shocked into re­al­is­ing her home had lost its heart and her fam­ily soon fell apart. Her fa­ther, a man “whose mere ex­is­tence cre­ated waves of move­ment around him”, lost his sense of pur­pose. It is this re­al­ity that iKhaya aims to cap­ture.

The group com­prises 19 dancers who are based in Cape Town town­ships. Man­ager Jen­nifer van Papen­dorp said iKhaya show­cased the sense of empti­ness and the re­sult­ing void in the ab­sence of a mother.

“It deals with the bat­tles of home told in African con­tem­po­rary dance. It’s an emo­tional story and we al­ways get stand­ing ova­tions wher­ever we per­form,” she said.

Nd­aba said it was a thrilling ex­pe­ri­ence to per­form at the Steve Biko Cen­tre.

“I have been want­ing to take my work there for a long time, it is a dream come true. We are quite po­lit­i­cal and aware of Steve Biko– the icon. It was amaz­ing to be sur­rounded by his­tory,” she said.

Se­nior pro­gramme man­ager at the Steve Biko Foun­da­tion, Bokang Pooe, de­scribed the per­for­mance as an “or­ganic qual­ity mu­sic and dance per­for­mance”.

Pic­ture: SUP­PLIED

CLASS ACT:’iKhaya’ ex­plores a home’s aura in ab­sence of a mother

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