What are the many ways of grieving in the world? How many different languages do we have for interpreting loss?
Crash Lament, devised and performed by Shanell Winlock-Pailman and Omogolo Onkaetse is an intimate, painful depiction of the many ways that things may fall apart, and the separate ways in which we try and piece it all back together.
Movement and vocal coaching by Nhlanhla Mahlangu ensures a compelling tension is present from the onset, hooking audiences from the moment the lights go up. The choreography from both performers is tight and narrative-based, each back and forth between them a well-executed metaphor. Winlock-Pailman and Onkaetse grapple with anger, panic, and fear so well, that you feel those same emotions stirring in your own chest, or softly burning behind your eyes.
Ultimately, Crash Lament is a performance that highlights the disparate journeys we embark on in life. It demonstrates the various ways in which we can move through the world, falling and failing as we do, and better understanding one another as a result.
DEVISED AND PERFORMED BY | Shanell Winlock-Pailman | Omogolo Onkaetse
MOVEMENT AND VOCAL COACHING BY | Nhlanhla Mahlangu
WRITER | Dave Mann
VIDEO ENGINEER & EDITOR | Noah Cohen
STILLS PHOTOGRAPHER | Nina Lieska