Romeo & Juliet / REBELLION & JOHANNESBURG is Jessica Nupen’s modernised re-telling of the classical Shakespearean story set to the backdrop of a transforming street subculture in Johannesburg. This electrifying contemporary dance-theatre piece taps into the unique spirit of the city and its changing cultural landscape. Nupen’s creation in collaboration with Moving Into Dance Mophatong, Soweto-born music pioneer and ‘Prince of Township Tech’ Spoek Mathambo and Johannesburg based designer Anmari Honiball examines the complexities of a generation of young South Africans faced with the challenges of a transforming socio-political environment. The piece is a portrayal of the resilience and vibrance of a generation in search of identity. Inspired by the dancers’ individual biographies, Nupen creates an edgy and wildly infectious piece that exposes the contradictions and often humorous paradoxes in the country while expressing a unique response towards contemporary South Africa.
Choreographer: Jessica Nupen, Choreographic Collaboration: Sunnyboy Motau, Oscar Buthelezi