The South African State Theatre joins the global community in standing up against Gender Based Violence (GBV). As such, it hosts a series of productions under the banner, Theatre Activism Against Gender Based Violence, with Revolt and Evolve as the theme for 2019. This is a movement that uses art as an instrument to raise awareness on GBV in South Africa.
This year’s instalment features work by acclaimed artists such as Nelisiwe Xaba, Kwanele Finch, Joseph Komani, Albert Ibokwe Khoza, and Quinton Manning to name a few. Local musicians Solace Can, Ndoni Nzalabantu, Blessings and many more team up in a music concert on 30 November 2019 in aid to raise awareness of abuse on women and children. The programme runs in various open spaces within and outside the theatre complex – with some shows requiring purchase while most are free – so that it can be accessible to everyone.
The full line-up for this years Theatre Activism Against GBV includes the following:
24 Nov: Bang-Bang-Wo – Lecture Performance by Nelisiwe Xaba
A lecture, directly translated from Mandarin for the word ‘help’, which uses this as the central theme. The performance title playfully investigates the politics of aid, with Xaba presenting compelling questions around the subject of help.
27 Nov: Flesh Light – Joseph Komani | Choregraphed by Mpho Maifadi
A performance art piece focusing on parents who have dealt with the shock and trauma of losing a daughter. Its style is inspired by different disciplines from the Chinese physical theatre and Augusto Boal (Theatre of the oppressed). The aimed moral is to create a choreographed movement using burnt umbrellas to emphasize, or project, how most women feel walking in public spaces.
29 Nov: Hai-Yi, Siphi? – Directed by Kamogelo Molobye.
Violence manifests itself in various forms, actions, and faces that extends beyond physical violence. Hai-yi, siphi? is a physical theatre production that seeks to explore the nuances of unspoken forms of violence on marginalised people such as children, women, and queer bodies in South Africa.
2 Dec: Converting Eviction – Collaboration between German Swiss artist Tim Zalauf and choreographer/performance artist Sello Pesa
A theatrical installation. Converting Eviction is an ongoing research-process that has a close look into South Africa’s dense struggles with decolonisation, dealing with the history of property, belonging and the agency to create meaningful lives within dysfunctional structures.
6 Dec: Genog Geëet?! | Choreographed and performed by Quinton Manning
A performance aiming to present a soft liberation from masculine toxicity and a violent appreciation of feminine power.
“Genoeg van ‘manne geen trane’! Kom ons eet saam.” – “Enough of ‘men no tears’! Let’s eat together.”
7 Dec: Voices – Missy Ngamlana | Directed by Khutjo Green
Voices explores themes of societal norms and expectations, with a focus on how people are opposed to the choices and lifestyle of the LBGTQ+ community. This is derived from opinions of people looking from the outside and into the such communities.
7 Dec: Rites – Kwanele Finch
A performance posing the questions: ‘How do we express that which is internal? Where do we lay those words that come from the gut? How does the dead dance again?’
8, 10 Dec: The Red Femicycle – Albert Ibokwe Khoza | Collaboration with Oupa Sibeko, Lerate Matolodu and Itai Hakim
8 & 10 December, 18H00. Tickets R100
Khoza takes a stand to speak on women issues as a man categorised by biology, but stands for woman as a ‘nongender appropriate and human being’.
“This is an offering and tribute to the spirit of Matriarchs that have shaped and influenced me, my mother, my grandmothers; to my initiators and the many strong woman who have been stripped of their dignity and worth,” says Khoza.
Venue: South African State Theatre, 320 Pretorius St, Pretoria Central, Pretoria
Tel: 012 392 4000