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My Exile is in my Head & Inception

My Exile is in my Head



20 October


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Afrovibes: a festival of cutting edge theatre, dance and music giving visitors the chance to immerse themselves in the best of contemporary performance from southern Africa.

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My Exile is in my Head


My Exile is in my Head is a solo dance / physical theatre piece inspired by Wole Soyinka’s prison notes, The Man Died.

Qudus Onikeku, from Nigeria, explores the theme of solitude and forms of exile, looking especially at the contradiction between our mental idea of ‘home’ and the reality of the place one returns to.

This fascinating work is sophisticated, slick and wonderfully enjoyable, filled with angst, beauty, resignation, acrobatic moves, high energy and a spirituality summed up in the voice-over: ‘When I dance I am closer to God.’

Qudus Onikeku is part of the brilliant new generation of dancer choreographers springing up from Africa. My Exile is in my Head was one of the most critically acclaimed works when it was performed at the Johannesburg Dance Umbrella Festival 2011.


Inception, originally performed in 2011, is a complex, textured dance solo, that has already evolved into a classic. It’s an intensely physical and psychological journey into the psyche of a female artist.

As the brooding sound of the Taj Mahal Travellers’ music reverberates around the darkened auditorium, a presence emerges from the wings: a beautiful body lit by its headgear.

The figure in this mining helmet / straw hat / diving gear turns out to be a woman, whose gazelle-like movement pulls her into a succinctly layered universe of experience.

Embellished by Suzette le Seuer’s lighting and challenged by a techno whale song score by Nhlanhla Mahlangu, this gloriously graceful being surfs reality and imagination. Finally, breathing and screaming, she starts to run, fighting her destiny


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My Exile is in my Head & Inception - Theatre 1

Saturday 20 October 8pm


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Cast & Team

My Exile is in my Head

Choreographed and performed by:
Qudus Onikeku

Music by:
Charles Amblard


Choreographed and performed by Sonia Radebe

Nhlanhla Mahlangu

Lighting Designer:
Suzette le Seuer

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