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Spoleto Festival USA
Sponsored By: BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina •
Venue: Emmett Robinson Theatre at College of Charleston
Duration: Approximately 1 hour
South African choreographer Gregory Maqoma drew inspiration from his own ancestral past to create Exit/Exist, a transformational and poignant solo work about Chief Maqoma, a 19th-century warrior who fought to maintain Xhosa cultural traditions of South Africa’s Eastern Cape. Maqoma is joined on stage by four singers and world-fusion guitarist Giuliano Modarelli, all of whom participate as supporting characters in the story, “a runaway triumph in terms of artistic excellence, aesthetic sorcery and responses…” (The Star, South Africa). This vibrantly kinetic work integrates traditional and contemporary dance and invites audiences to reflect on how the past and present inform identity.
Friday | June 6| 5:30pm
Host Martha Teichner interviews Gregory Maqoma, director/choreographer/dancer with Vuyani Dance Theatre.
The presentation of Exit/Exist was made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Additional support for the 2014 dance series is provided by the Harkness Foundation for Dance. These performances are made possible in part through funds from the Spoleto Festival USA Endowment, generously supported by BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina, Wells Fargo, and Bank of America.