04.03. – 11.03.2016
Revolting Mass vol. 2 brings artists Neo Muyanga and Grada Kilomba
Jam session with South African musician and activist and lecture-performance with Portuguese artist and academic are among highlights.Protest music is once again the theme of a series of events organized by the Goethe-Institut São Paulo, as part of its larger Episodes of the South project. In order to show how protest is incorporated into music today and what forms of presentation have emerged, Revolting Mass Vol. 2 will bring the South African musician and performer Neo Muyanga, and his performance show Revolting Music – A Survey of the Songs of Protest that Liberated South Africa, and the Portuguese writer and performer Grada Kilomba, with her lecture-performance “Decolonizing Knowledge”. Kilomba is also participating in an open talk at the Goethe-Institut São Paulo. The Revolting Mass event will be held from March 4th to 11th in various locations in São Paulo.
Neo Muyanga presents his show “Revolting Music” at the Centro Cultural São Paulo (CCSP), on the 4th, 5th and 6th of March, in partnership with the International Theater Exhibition of São Paulo (MITsp). Beginning with the songs of protest and their strongly engaged components of rebellion and revolt, and ending with contemporary romantic music, characterized by nauseating and sickening melodic elements, the show culminates in contagious libertarian sonority. Tickets for the show are available on the site: www.mitsp.org.
Muyanga turns to pop musicality in order to re-imagine other possibilities for change and a possible new struggle to find love within a revolution. Born in Soweto, trained in classical music, the composer and activist Neo Muyanga immerses himself in the hybrid borders between music and thought, connecting traditional and contemporary genres. For more on Neo Muyanga’s work: www.neomuyanga.wordpress.com/.
The musician will also be at the “Massa Revoltante” jam session on 11 March (Friday), at 8pm, at the Goethe-Institut São Paulo (Rua Lisboa, 974 – Pinheiros) together with the artists Giovani di Ganzá, Karina Buhr, Xênia Franca, Mano Money's and Lello di Sarno. The event is free of charge and tickets will be distributed on site one-hour prior to the beginning of the show. The musicians participated in a three-day residency on protest and resistance music on Bororé Island, with the aim to encourage free production and composition and to promote an encounter of diverse sonorities.
Another highlight of Revolting Mass is the presence of Grada Kilomba, writer, performer and professor at Humboldt Universität in Berlim. Kilomba will give the lecture-performance “Decolonizing Knowledge”, on March 6th, from 4pm to 6pm, at the Centro Cultural São Paulo (Rua Vergueiro, 1000), as part of the São Paulo International Theater Exhibition (MITsp).
On March 11th, at 6pm at the Goethe-Institut São Paulo (Rua Lisboa, 974 – Pinheiros), Grada Kilomba discusses with the public her work related to gender, racism, trauma, memory and postcolonialism. Moderated by academic, Jessica Oliveira, who has translated several of her texts. Registration must be made by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
With roots on the islands of São Tomé e Príncipe and in Angola, the interdisciplinary Portuguese artist Grada Kilomba works with the themes of gender, race, trauma and memory. Her writing has been translated into several languages and published in international anthologies, journals and newspapers. Kilomba is known for using a variety of formats, from printed publications to dramatic readings, combining as much academic writing as lyric poetry, thus creating a completely new literary style.
In 2011, she was indicated as the “Most inspiring Black Woman in Europe” by the BWIE, for her articles and performative readings. She is co-editor of Mythen, Masken und Subjekte (Myth, Mask and Subject, 2005), an anthology about critical testimony, and she is author of Plantation Memories, a compilation of daily episodes of racism, written in the form of psychoanalytical stories, launched at the International Literature Festival (2008), at the Haus der Berliner Festspiele, and adapted for the stage by the Ballhaus Naunynstrasse in Berlin in 2013. Grada Kilomba lectures at various universities throughout the world and is currently invited professor at the Department of Gender Studies at Humboldt University in Berlin. More information about her work can be found at: www.gradakilomba.com.
PROGRAM | REVOLTING MASS VOL. 2 - A MOVEMENT OF VOICES OF THE SOUTH
March 4th to 11th | various locations
REVOLTING MUSIC SHOW– A SURVEY OF THE SONGS OF PROTEST THAT LIBERATED SOUTH AFRICA
March 4th, 5th and 6th | various times
Centro Cultural São Paulo (São Paulo Cultural Center)
Rua Vergueiro, 1000 – Metrô Vergueiro
In the International Theatre Exhibition of São Paulo (MITsp), the South African musician and performer Neo Muyanga presents the enraged voice of the protests spearheaded by student movements in the streets of Soweto using the ridiculous aspects of contemporary pop songs to satirize the vanguard of an incomplete revolution.
LECTURE-PERFORMANCE “DECOLONIZING KNOWLEDGE” WITH grada kilomba
March 6th | 4pm to 6pm
Centro Cultural São Paulo
Rua Vergueiro, 1000 – Metrô Vergueiro
The Portuguese-African writer and artist gives lecture-performance in the MITsp exhibition . Her work is known for using a variety of formats, from publications to readings and performances, combining academic writing and lyric poetry.
IN CONVERSATION WITH GRADA KILOMBA
March 11th | Friday | at 6pm
Goethe-Institut | Rua Lisboa, 974 – Pinheiros
Free registration: email@example.com.
Grada Kilomba in conversation with the public about her work related to gender, racism, trauma, memory and postcolonialism. Moderated by Jessica Oliveira.
JAM SESSION WITH NEO MUYANGA AND GUESTS
March 11th | 8pm
Goethe-Institut São Paulo
Rua Lisboa, 974 – Pinheiros
Free | Open to the public
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The Revolting Mass jam is a result of the residency for music groups and includes the participation of Giovani di Ganzá, Karina Buhr, Xênia França, Mano Money‘s, Lello Di Sarno and Grada Kilomba.