The Present is Not Enough

In Performance: Mamela Nyamza, Black Privilege (The Present is Not Enough)

Black PrivilegeMamela Nyamza The Present is Not Enough, HAU2June 25-26 From a black void emerges the glimpse of a goddess.  Mamela Nyamza, appears perched on top of a bronze wheeled-staircase. Her own bronzed body in the warm light reflects the gold jewelry that adorns her head, ears, wrists and ankles. A second performer, Sello Pesa, catches the eye only a few seconds later when his cumbersome red and black magisterial robes bunch together as he physically pushes Nyanza’s mobile pedestal.   Black Privilege embodies the dark irony of the title’s contradiction. A saturation of iconographic sonography contrasts Nyanza’s subdued choreography. The resulting performance seduces a gaze only to return the bright bite of a hot sun. We squint while bearing witness to her tragic fall from grace...