Image of Kwakana
Photographer: Arjen van de Merwe

Kwakana

 

“He was refused” is a nasty and violent husband, whose behavior estranges him from his wife. She refuses to have sexual relations with him, and he becomes enraged, forcing himself on her when she is in her menses. This precipitates the mdulo disease upon him, and in his performance, Kwakana often rolls, sickening, on the ground. One can see how large this mask can be, posing significant challenges to the dancer.