Waistline: Masculinities in Motion towards Embodied Practices of Vulnerability
14:30 - 15:00
Waistline is a performance lecture that seeks to explore what lies at the core of (hyper)masculinity and its conformity to rigidities. The performance lecture seeks to discover the void that exists in speaking about manhood and masculinities, and the ways in which discussions about manhood and masculinities avoid dialogues that complicate and nuance engagement on the spectrum of masculinities. Important to the performance lecturer is the recognition that somatics functions as a methodology of knowledge enquiry and knowledge production. This is fundamental as it appreciates dance, movement and embodied practices as process of sensory experiences towards vulnerable communication. This pursuit towards engaging with embodied practices of masculine vulnerabilities follows Thomas Hanna’s discussion of somatics as a practice of “first-person perception” (1988: 20). Through this understanding, the performance lecture applies somatics as an embodied practice of looking inward in order to engage with processes of being aware of oneself, one’s feelings, movements and intentions regarding gender, masculinities and vulnerability. Waistline seeks to explore the body in conversation with a process of embodiment that engages with internal and external issues – which are in constant motion – of awareness and communication to challenge and critique hegemonic masculinities.
Kamogelo Molobye is a movement studies & choreography lecturer at the University of the Witwatersrand. He is also a PhD candidate pursuing research that seeks to develop a decolonial and transformative pedagogy to teaching movement studies and choreography at the University of the Witwatersrand. His areas of interest include queer theory and gender studies, with specific reference to interrogating ways of queering cisheteronormative and hegemonic masculinities in South Africa. He is an emerging scholar and academic who has published research at conferences in South Africa and abroad on topics related to movement practices and education, gender and queer theory, Blackness and representation in theatre and performance, and Afrofuturism within the African context. In addition, he is a choreographer and performer who has created productions that have been commissioned in South African, Botswana, Namibian, and German festivals which range from physical theatre, dance, and interactive audience interventions to embodied installations.