Elegy: A Performance with Gabrielle Goliath

March 22, 2017 -
7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

 A commemorative gesture, “Elegy“ calls together a group of female vocal performers, who collectively enact a ritual of mourning. The durational performance sustains a sung cry—evoking the presence of an absent individual. Responding to situations of extreme violence perpetrated against women, as well as trans and non-binary people in South Africa, each performance of “Elegy“ recalls the identity of individuals whose subjectivities have been fundamentally violated—questioning the all-too-easy consignments of a generic, all-encompassing victimhood.

Claudia Stemberger


  • Africa Initiative
  • Concilium on Southern Africa