NTANDO CELE Black Off

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01/02/2019 - 02/02/2019

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Blackfacing is a phenomenon that makes stereotypes and prejudices painfully visible, and one that has sadly not yet been unilaterally rejected by society. In Black Off, South African performer Ntando Cele orchestrates a role reversal. Bianca White – Ntando Cele’s white alter ego – steps onto the stage in a blonde wig, blue contacts and full whiteface.

White is a Rhodie, a white Zimbabwean globetrotter who gives self-help classes, meditates, does volunteer work with disadvantaged children – she has even adopted several – and dreams of a white world in which everyone can conquer their inner and outer blackness … At least until Vera Black, a black punk, enters the scene. Through politically incorrect jokes and witticisms, the performer exposes the hidden racism that lies at the core of our everyday lives.

Ntando Cele was born in South Africa and studied drama in Durban, worked at DasArts Academy in Amsterdam and is currently living and working in Switzerland. Her work questions the concept of identity, investigates prejudices and dismantles stereotypes. ‘Knowing a society is multicultural doesn’t necessarily mean that there is intercultural understanding.’

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