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Language: Non-verbal
Company: Musa Hlatswayo

UDODANA is a full-length dance theatre work by Standard Bank Young Artist Musa Hlatswayo that seeks to explore the black male body – its associated and constructed identity, its placement in the society (particularly in traditional African communities, households and churches) against the many on-going incidents that draw attention to the silenced brokenness of black male identity. Fusing both the abstract and the narrative approach, the work explores the brokenness of the black male body, its indoctrination and incubation into the systems which play an ignorant if not tyrannical role in the development of black power and unity.

Choreographer’s note

I am particularly interested in exploring and interrogating the placement of the younger black male generation in the evolution and the advancement of the patriarchal system(s); its institutionalisation within African tradition, religion and spirituality and more importantly its passing down from generation to generation as demonstrated by culture, tradition and religion and how this all responds and participates the current ongoing brokenness of our society. – Standard Bank Young Artist Musa Hlatswayo


Musa Hlatshwayo, Sbonelo ‘China’ Mchunu, Njabulo Zungu, Sphakeme Nduli, S’celo Brilliant Mthethwa, Mduduzi Mbuyazi and Nkosing’phile Qolo


Choreographed and directed by: Musa Hlatshwayo
Lighting Design: Lerato Ledwaba
Photography and video: Simanga Zondo
Costume and set design: Musa Hlatshwayo
Company: Mhayise Productions



One Comment

  1. bright.maluleka 8 July 2018 at 7:28 pm

    …beautiful choreography it translates a powerful massage. But the speech by Julius Malema was a huge let down for me…

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