Panga Management would rather gnaw at PM’s own wrists then consciously subject PM’s self to performance art. Exaggerated body movement in contrived contexts makes PM experience bowel movements, not dissimilar to a bad curry after a heavy night out. Yup, performance art gives PM the runs- run- runaway. The reason for PM’s bodily/visceral response is that most performance art PM has seen is kuk, and kuk begets kuk.
In South Africa bad theatre on street corners often gets sold as performance art. Bad performance art looks like something acted by second year drama students. All contrived, self reverential, clumsy in its exaggeration, very- very serious in that delinquent angst kinda way and very- very empty, in that – content has alluded us, but that’s part of the concept kinda way. Throw in some flapping arms, and the occasional painted face, and abracadabra you have 90% of the performance art PM has ever had the horror of experiencing. Now some people like that kinda thing, but PM gives it a body swerve.
Why run the risk of getting the runs, that PM’s motto. Unfortunately by giving a whole side of the visual arts a body swerve, Panga Management might be missing out on some fantastic performance art. This does (though PM finds it hard to believe) exist. Infecting the City AKA Infection in the City is rather an apt name for a performance festival, being that Infection and performance art are things one tries to avoid. Regardless of the stupid though accurate name, Infecting the City is a rather fab idea. Its fab because you can pick and choose which performances you want to go and see and therefore minimise being exposed to anything that will annoy the kuk out of you, literally and figuratively.
Or if you fall upon a performance by accident, you can refrain from making eye contact and get the hell out of there pretty easy. So if you want to dip your toe in to the performance art arena Infection in the City gives you a few necessary emergency exit strategies. This is a lot more considerate than performance art at award ceremonies (PM just can’t). Now, after all that performance art hate-rant, PM has to admit that PM is really-really looking forward to one performance on the Infecting the City program. PM excited by a piece of performance art, who would have guessed! PM is 100% sure this performance will be excellent and hence feels no need to bring Imodium. Yup, the performance PM wants to see is Athi-Patra Ruga’s, Ilulwane. Yay! There are two dates and times for this performance check the Infection in the City schedule here
Detail of Athi-Patra Ruga’s Ilulwane. Image Credit here