Neliswe Xaba and Marie-Caroline Hominal

HOMINAL / XABA - Neliswe Xaba (South Africa) and Marie-Caroline Hominal (Switzerland)

Hominal Xaba photo by Isabelle Meister
Hominal Xaba photo by Isabelle Meister

Concept by Marie-Caroline Hominal

Choreography, performance and set design by Marie-Caroline Hominal and Nelisiwe Xaba

Assistant – Sophie Ammann

Music by Vincent Bertholet

Technical management by Jean-Pierre Potvliège

Graphic design by Candida Merwe

Administration & Production by Emilie Marron / MadMoiselle MCH association – Geneva

Coproduction Festival – La Bâtie – Geneva, Kaserne – Basel

With the support of Théâtre de Vidy – Lausanne

The South African tour is made possible with the support of the city of Geneva, the canton of Geneva,

Pro Helvetia – Zürich and Pro Helvetia – Johannesburg.

The title of the piece HOMINAL / XABA is only composed of the names of the performers/choreographers – this unites both artists as well as it dissolves the very notion of who is the creator. Nelisiwe Xaba and Marie-Caroline Hominal studied partly together in London, they always wanted to meet again with a common project and in this work, two women from different continents and different cultures confront their femaleness and look at evolving power relationships. Beautifully and lusciously staged on a reflecting stage, these two dancers are both witty and terrifying.

About Marie-Caroline Hominal

Hominal received her dance education at the Schweizerische Ballettberufschule (ZHDK TanzAkademie) in Zurich and at the Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance in London, where she joined the National Youth Dance Company.  After her solo Fly Girl in 2000, Marie-Caroline Hominal created jointly with François Chaignaud the hula hoop duet Duchesses (2009), the one-to-one performance Le Triomphe de la renommée (2013) and the concert-performance for a one-female-band Silver (2013), all of which toured the world. Since 2008, her works have been presented in theatres, museums, art galleries in Europe, Asia, North and South America. In 2019 she was awarded the Swiss Dance Award for Outstanding Female Dancer by the Federal Office of Culture. In 2021 she created the solo Eurêka, c’est presque le titre, commissioned by the Museum Tinguely for the Ahoy event, which toured in more than 13 prestigious European museums. In 2023 she will complete the Hominal/XXX triptych.

About Nelisiwe Xaba

Xaba received a scholarship to study at the Johannesburg Dance Foundation, as well as the Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance in London. Returning to South Africa in 1997, she joined Pact Dance Company and later launched her solo career, and began working with a variety of esteemed choreographers, including Robyn Orlin. Her work is informed largely by her feminist and racial politics which challenge stereotypes of the black female body and mainstream notions of gender. Her seminal works such as Plasticization and They Look At Me & That’s All They Think have toured internationally over the last few years. In 2013, Xaba performed The Venus in Venice as part of Imaginary Fact – Contemporary South African Art and the Archive at the South African pavilion at the Venice Biennale. In 2017, she presented Bang Bang Wo at the Centre for the Less Good Idea, with funding from National Arts Council. This collaboration Hominal/Xaba with Marie-Caroline Hominal, originally premiered in 2019.