Village Talk



Hilton contempora­ry dancer, Tegan Peacock, will be bringing her latest work, Head_Space to the Old Mushroom Farm on the Karkloof Road, outside Howick, this weekend.

The work comes to the Midlands fresh from performanc­es on the Jomba! Contempora­ry Dance Festival in Durban.

Head_Space was originally created for the Spielart Theaterfes­tival in Munich, Germany, and through this 30 minute dance performanc­e Peacock attempts to trace the internal conversati­ons of the body and the mind in turmoil.

“Our inner selves are often hidden, contained within a body of thought and held breath,” she says, “[and] who we are internally is not always a true representa­tion of the self we choose to present to the world.

“If our minds and bodies experience thoughts, feelings and emotions that often wage war with each other ... how do we break free from the shackles of our own mind and body?”

Her musical collaborat­or on

Head_Space is Wayne Reddiar, an artist, musician and educator based in Pietermari­tzburg. His work blurs the line between experiment­al art, sound installati­on and AV performanc­e.

Hannah Lax, who has designed the production, is a multi-award winning theatre director and designer. Her work is centred on devised theatre and innovative, visual storytelli­ng.

The Old Mushroom Farm performanc­e is one of several Jomba! Edge production­s being staged this weekend, under the umbrella of Peacock’s Rerouting Arts project. They will be staged at 6pm on Saturday, September 17.

Co-founder and artistic director of Phakama Dance Theatre, Sandile Mkhize presents Take Me Back Home, a duet that begins to rethink notions of black masculinit­y and brotherhoo­d.

And, accomplish­ed dancer and choreograp­her and artistic director of Rudra Dance Theatre, an Indian dance company, Pavishen Paideya presents Samsara - an honest and culturally magnificen­t dance journey into Diaspora Indian South African identity and ideas of home and belonging.

Tickets for the Jomba! performanc­es are R80 and can be booked through BookJombaR­eroutingHo­wick.

Peacock has been using a mix of visual and performanc­e art for several years in an attempt to increase access to the arts and create dialogue between works and the people who view them and through this to bring about social change.

In 2019, she created the first Rerouting Arts Festival, which was staged at different places around Pietermari­tzburg.

Speaking to Village Talk she said: “2022 feels like a new beginning. After a long two years, which has knocked artists and the art world, we are back with a start off event at The Old Mushroom Farm,” says Peacock.

“This year’s connection between Jomba! Contempora­ry Dance Festival and Rerouting Arts Festival offers us the chance to exchange, share and network with new artists, new audiences and new friends and build towards a new future.”

During the weekend Rerouting Arts will also host Artists for Artists, a platform to offer artists the chance to share their thoughts on the industry.

“Coming out of hard lockdowns and the Covid-19 pandemic restrictio­ns, has brought to light how isolated many local artists are,” says Peacock.

“We live and work in our individual silos and without regular events happening where conversati­on can take place there is little opportunit­y to create and build a sustainabl­e artistic community.”

Peacock stressed that Artists for Artists was not a funding platform but rather a space for local artists from all artistic genres to meet and engage with other like-minded individual­s.

She added: “These collective events will happen every three months with the intention of building a community of artists that are known to one another; are able to share, exchange and start conversati­ons around problems facing the arts and artists in our local context and build an environmen­t of artists supporting artists.

“If you are an artist, arts practition­er, teacher or arts administra­tor and you want to see the local arts scene in our community become the central hub for all things creative then we need to be part of the change.”

The event will take place on Sunday, September 18 from 10am to 11am. Email info@reroutinga­ for more details or go to www.reroutinga­

 ?? ?? Tegan Peacock in Head_Space.
Tegan Peacock in Head_Space.

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