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Lorin Sookool

Performance | Facilitation | Creation

 
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About

Since arriving on the professional scene in 2014, I have favoured the pursuit of work that feels fulfilling and also extends my skills as a dancer-choreographer-facilitator. I gather much of my inspiration from personal experiences, the South African socio-political landscape and matters relating to individual and collective spiritual growth.

I graduated with a Bachelor of Music in Dance from the University of Cape Town in 2013, majoring in contemporary and African contemporary dance pedagogy and have since been employed at The Playhouse Company in Durban, and The Forgotten Angle Theatre Collaborative in rural Mpumalanga.

I have performed for a number of local choreographers on local and international stages and have had my own work presented on many local platforms. Since 2017 I have been working independently, experimenting and collaborating loads, oscillating between award-deserving self-assurance and equally remarkable scepticism - all whilst navigating the performing-arts scene in a self-managed, determined capacity.

In my now third year of independent navigation, I have found that my interests reach beyond choreography and performance and into the broader realms of the role and position of the artist in society, as well as unpacking the indisputable body-politic that underlies the work - particularly as connected to South Africa's socio-political contexts. I am becoming increasingly interested in the politics of the creator who creates. The relationship between the work and the worker.  Between life and work. Or life and art.

I am on an eternal journey towards truth - and so far, eh, it's been one helluva ride!

This site is dedicated to my personal endeavours so please do contact me for the other mundane albeit important docs i.e. CV, reference letters etc. 

Thank you for your visit and I hope you enjoy your stay.


(This image was taken at the 021 Music Dance live composition performances early 2020 right before the lockdown.)

 

Just Loaded

Live Arcade2020 which is an Instagram activation that invites featured artists  to ‘glance back’ and delve into the multimedia archive of their practice in order to isolate and extract a performative/physical/time-based action for digital exhibition and online viewing. 

Arcade2020 is curated by Gavin Krastin and will take place online in December right HERE

 
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Most Recent Work

The Blunt Blades of Bravado

This film, supported by NATi, premiered on the Vrystaat Kunstewees online festival 2020.

The Blunt Blades of Bravado (film) is a visual contemplation of sub-street cultures that form in response to a deep-seated lack of faith in national governmental systems. It unfolds in response to the long-held stereotypical notion of coloured people as “reactive” and “violent” people, offering a meditative perspective into the nature of these complex reoccurring behavioural patterns.

Read about the work in Culture Review magazine here.

An interview link about the work can be located here.

I was also awarded a Fellowship through the Institute for Create Arts (ICA) in which I received the opportunity to create a digital aspect of the work, using footage from the film.

The intention with this digital aspect was to distil and highlight the essence of The Blunt Blades of Bravado; retaining its essence whilst applying additional opportunities that digital design has to offer, in order to create an alternate experience of the work.

Have a look at my Fellowship creation here where you will also find a link to the. film at the bottom of the page.

 
 
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Remote Co-Residency Project

"Prayer Room"

Prayer room is an audio-visual response to the lived realities and perceptions of support, of three senior citizens based in Durban, during Covid-19. It was created through Co-Residency, a remote residency that aims to assist artists in crisis, over 12 weeks during the Covid-19 pandemic.

 
 

This is a 2 minute slice of an 11 minute dance film, captured by Tania Vossgatter, in which I trace a visual and choreographic response to the research process findings. I found this process beautifully intimate and honest and these ladies became for me, a haven of sorts, during this difficult time. The process itself lends influence to the title. Inserting my own self into the rising God and spirituality themes (during our telephonic conversations) was interesting and I tried to reflect that as honestly as I could, whilst maintaining respect for these three, essentially grandmother figures. In my view, these are voices of the everyday black grandmother figure that many of us, as POCs, can relate to. We want to hear their stories and they deserve to be heard.

Catch Prayer Room on the My Body My Space 2021 online festival.

 

Funded Projects

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#ColouredConversations: The Forgotten Ones

Arts and Culture Trust

This project aimed to create an intergenerational dialogue within the community of Wentworth around topics such as the term ‘coloured’, what this grouping has meant historically and politically, Wentworth as a community “pre” and “post” Democracy, and the daily realities of these participating senior citizens.

For further information about the project's activities and outcomes, here is a link to the Facebook page.

 
 

Mulato Sujo?

A live music and dance performance held 30 Oct - 1 Nov at Theatre Arts in Cape Town.

Pro Helvetia Johannesburg

This was initially a research project entitled Mixed Not Diluted in which I would have travelled to Mozambique. The manifestation of the project had to be adapted due to the COVID-19 global pandemic. 

The project commenced as a one-on-one workshopped creation process with Mozambican-born Cape Town based dancer/musician Sumalgy Nuro.

What resulted was an intimate live performance centered around aspects of identity which was reviewed on The Cape Robyn.

 

A Brief Retrospective

2016-2019
Links included in description.

 
 
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I don't feel like I need to preach to the world or nothing like that. I just feel like I share what I say, and if listeners get it, they get it. And I never underestimate the audience's ability to feel me

- Erykah Badu

 

Happenings

Below are a few public performance images for which I have written intimately about on my Facebook Artist page. Some of these were commissioned and some of them were self-initiated.

Click here to read more about the motivations behind these works.

'Like' me while you're at it - if you like me, of course ;)  

 
 
 

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