ice caps

ice caps

Moj of the Antarctic

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A virtuosic solo storytelling performance – an epic tale of empowerment, exploration and (self) discovery delivered with real theatrical grace. Despite dealing wit serious themes – the Abolition of Slavery bicentenary, issues of transgender, the shrinking ice caps – the perspective is a delightfully absurd one. As the African narrator who frames the piece states, with the discovery of earth’s relation to the sun, we are all bound to progress through life elliptically. The story’s premise is the ancient myth uniting Africa with Antarctica, poetically resonating their split with parallels of black and white, east and west and other political binaries. Moj’s journey, which moves apace through cautionary tales of exploration via adventure, chase caper to character comedy and finally geographic apotheosis, is a sprawling one. Yet its physical and literary delicacy prevents aspirations – to give narrative shape to the experience of the slave trade, to decry the turning point of capitalisms rise to hegemony – running out of control. The language is rich and densely poetic. Revelling in the materiality and playfulness of words, cracking open complex ideas like eggshells. The physicality and stagecraft were in generous counterpoint investing the language with movement and presence without overwhelming it. Lyrical choreography invoked sensual lovemaking and conjured the heaving steaming body of a whale; ritual song was used to great affect in remembrance of the dead.