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Conquest and Prison

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Conquest and Prison is a two-part suite of site-specific dance films set in Grahamstown, South Africa. The two oldest historical sites in Grahamstown are Ft. Selwyn and the Old Gaol, which imprisoned thousands of black South Africans. The choreography of Part I "Oscar's Journey" is Oscar Buthelezi's personal response to the history of colonialism commemorated at Ft. Selwyn. Part II "Child's Play" is similar to the approach in "Oscar's Journey." "Chorographers Lorin Sookool and Julia Wilson reflect on the past as the sounds and images of the gaol continue to echo and resonate today.

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