Crossing Borders 2019 | 12 November 2019 | 7-8:30pm
Black women in dance, then, now, and sideways.
Zinzi Minott and Greta Mendez
Zinzi Minott will be in conversation with Greta Mendez.
Zinzi’s work focuses on the relationship between dance, bodies and politics. Strongly identifying as a dancer, Zinzi’s work explores how dance is perceived through the prisms of race, queer culture, gender and class. She is interested in the space between dance and other art forms, and though her practice is driven through dance, the outcomes range from performance and live art to sound, film, dances and object-based work.
Trinidadian born Greta Mendez is a movement and theatre director, choreographer, performance art artist, drama coach, carnivalist and film maker. As a choreographer Greta has explored themes such as silence and sensuality, body politics and ageism, and shifting cultures.
Trinidadian born Greta Mendez is a movement and theatre director, choreographer, performance art artist, drama coach, carnivalist and film maker.
As a choreographer she explored themes such as:
silence and sensuality in “The Chair and Me”; body politics and ageism in “Ndulgence” and shifting cultures in “From Coffee Beans to Disinfectant”
In her theatre work she worked on a wide range of plays which includes; “The Road” by Wole Soyinka, “Beef, No Chicken” by Derek Walcott, “Flyin West” by Pearl Cleage, “Love Space Demands” by Ntozake Shange and “King Lear” by William Shakespeare.
Mendez directed MAAS Movers, NiN Dance Company and Battimamzel Dance Company.
In the 1970’s – ’80s, she was an advocate in the movement for a dance department in the Arts Council and funding for independent dance.
Greta’s short film “Kashmir’s Ophelia” has won several Awards and has been shown Internationally.
Mendez is currently a Tutor @ IDSA -Identity Drama School of Acting- and completing her film “Ah! Hard Rain.”