Harmonious Dichotomous, an art showcase written and performed by Nomashenge and directed by Sqwayi Khumalo is set to showcase on Sunday 8 April 2018 at African Flavour Books in Braamfontein, Johannesburg. Poetry meets music for this performance arts exploration.
“The poetry spawns from a ruthlessly naked experience of loss, where guilt, fear, and worthlessness breed a familiar psychological negativity that makes living an unending, numbing limbo,” Nomashenge states about the work in the show. She continues to say, “It then builds from the self-reliance life teaches you when you hit rock-bottom, your own ability to drag yourself to breathing ground again, to have the courage to carry on despite the unavoidable fall.”
Revolving around the themes of mental health, blackness, religious/spiritual uncertainty vs self awareness, death and the monster of insecurity and self-neglect, the work takes a relatable journey that will give the audience freedom to bring their own “boogieman” to light, dismantle their fear of darkness and maybe let its purpose be more profound than to just instil panic and self-doubt.
Nomashenge is a Ladysmith born, Durban bred, and Johannesburg based poet-vocalist. She began her poetry journey in 2005 as a writer and 2007 as a performer. Having shared her work across the country including the Arts Alive, Essence, and Open Book International Festivals, Nomashenge believes poetry to be an Alchemy that continually transforms the world.
Nomashenge’s blend of music and poetry brings forth a hybrid of performance-poetry that speaks to the heart and soul of the zeitgeist.
Tickets are available at R100 each. For more information email [email protected] Link up with her @nomashenge on Twitter, and Nomashenge on Facebook for instant updates.
Check out her performance of Burning Bush below!