Full Fat, Low Fat, Fat Free


Choreographed and Video Directed/Designed by Kieron Jina,
Music by Yogin Sullaphen,
Performed by Bongile Lecoge-Zulu.

Kilojoules in, calories burnt, energy out. Sugar free, caffeine free, aspartame free; high fibre, low GI, low carb, high protein. XS, S, M, L, XXXL. And so it goes. Worlds confined by perceptions of beauty in that dreaded place where consumerism meets obsession and image meets consumption itself. Where everything is reduced to nutritional information on product labels.


By Adrienne Sichel

“The tour de force of this festival was undeniably Kieron Jina’s multimedia Full Fat, Low Fat, Fat Free, performed by Bongile Lecoge-Zulu to Yogin Sullaphen’s original score. The ritual of consumption and obsession with conforming to fashionable criteria at the cost of cultural or personal reality and perception are dominant threads running through this densely layered work. The words “Full Fat, Low Fat, Fat Free” (echoed by three sizes of milk cartons displayed on a steel canteen trolley) are projected on a white sheet.

A woman swathed in a bubble wrap cloak reveals her plus-size body and sashays into projected images of herself. On the video, her face is a mask made out of poured milk. Lecoge-Zulu repeats this action live. In the dance sequences, her fleshy arms exude a confident beauty that is parodied by the comic aerobic exercises. Full Fat, which also interrogates notions of racial stereotyping, is full-blown artistry.”

Link: http://www.iol.co.za/tonight/what-s-on/gauteng/urban-psyches-fractured-souls-1.1173505

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