Robyn Orlin(South Africa,Germany)

MIDM in Orlin’s beauty… – photo supplied

Thursday 3 September – 19h00

Friday 4 September – 12noon (repeat screening)

“Beauty remained for just a moment then returned gently to her starting position …”

 A piece by Robyn Orlin (2012)


Muzi Shili / Sunnyboy Motau / Thandi Tshabalala / Teboho Letele / Julia Burnham / Oscar Buthelezi / Sonia Radebe

Choreographer assistant: Nhlanhla Mahlangu

Music:  Yogin Rajoo Sullaphen

Video: Philippe Lainé

Costumes: Marianne Fassler

Light: Denis Hutchinson

Stage Manager: Thabo Pule

Production : City Theater & Dance Group, MIDM, Moving Into Dance Mophatong and Damien Valette Prod, Paris.

Co-production: Tilder, City Theatre & Dance Group, Biennale de la danse de Lyon, MAC-Maison des Arts de Créteil, Maison de la musique de Nanterre

Robyn Orlin photo © Peggy Jarrell Kaplan

robyn orlin hails from jozi/egoli but now lives in berlin/germany with her husband, south african filmmaker oliver schmitz and their daughter ruby nomalanga …

she loves long titles (maintaining that her pieces are never about just one thing and that she hates writing programme notes) …

she has spent a fair share of her career declaring war on the ‘tutu’, but now sees herself more as an accidental choreographer, whose day jobs could consist of making the odd movie, to directing opera, to playing with puppets, or directing theatre, but always making sure she can have a good laugh with the artists, technicians and public involved in her processes …   

but in all honesty she feels that her work is about putting bread on the table, trying to understand the world around her with which she wants to make peace … 

but all that really matters at the end of the day, is that her ducks quack on cue …