LORIN SOOKOOL

Woza Wenties!

LORIN SOOKOOL

Lorin Sookool - Woza Wenties!
Lorin Sookool - Woza Wenties!

Creation and Performance: Lorin Sookool

Music Credits: The Kings Messengers Quartet

Costume Design: Lesiba Mabitsela

Woza Wenties! is a partly autobiographical solo offering by contemporary live artist Lorin Sookool. Interpreting the dancing body as a previously colonised state, Sookool sets out to understand her own erasure by deconstructing the colonial projects undertaken in many South African schooling systems post 1994.  Through the title of the work, Sookool calls for the resurrection of lost aspects of her being and expression.  ‘Woza’ is the isiZulu word meaning “come” and ‘Wenties’ is the affectionate term for the Wentworth township, located in Durban South. The area, previously reserved for people of colour, was Sookool’s home before the artist moved to a suburban area to attend school. Sookool’s artistic creation explores complex South African socio-political themes, with a focus on situations of racial, gendered, systemic and institutionalised violence.

About Lorin Sookool

Lorin Sookool is a contemporary dance artist with an interdisciplinary practice encompassing performance, text, sound, photography and film. After obtaining her Bachelor’s degree in 2013, Sookool entered the professional scene working with The Playhouse Company (Durban) and the Forgotten Angle Theatre Collaborative (Mpumalanga).  Her independent practice began in 2017. She has been accepted into numerous residencies including The Centre for the Less Good Idea, OpenLAB, Crossings III, Co-Residency (global) and SPAM! (Italy).  In 2021, Sookool received the Pina Bausch Fellowship award, which was spent in co-operation with improvisation and contemporary dance pioneer Roberto Castello (Italy).

Lorin Sookool acknowledges the support of the Liverpool Biennial 2023 toward realising this work.

Performance Venue: Howard College Dome (UKZN) - Limited Seating - Parental guidance for under 16’s - Tickets R80