Promoting African unity through arts
A VIBR ANT, lar gescale original musical theatre pr oduction, , showcasing creative talent from throughout Africa will be s taged at the Pla yhouse Drama next week ahead of travelling to Russia as part of the African support team for Cameroon during the Confederation Cup.
Creative livewire Sifiso Mthethwa and his V ision F aces t eam ha ve c onceived a 100% original production that talks to the continent of Africa’s inherent love of soccer, dance and music as a unifier, and common thread among strangers. He has cast a multinational collaborative company of dancers and musicians fr om K waZuluNatal, Cameroon, K enya, Nig eria, R wanda and Ghana. The production uses English as its central languag e, w hile inc orporating mothertongue influences and themes from participating nations.
The c ompany is 50member s trong, comprising perf ormers, danc ers, musicians, drummers and support staff. As part of the socialcohesion process, the cast has collaborated to envision, write and devise the production, under the fr amework and direction of Mtheth wa.
“Soccer unites Africa. As does music and dance. The culture of Africa is v aried and manifold, consisting of a mixture of tribes, cultures, religions, languages and le gacies that each have their own unique characteristics. We really wanted to create a very special purposemade pr oduct w hich shows the world that through our common interTHE ests, like soccer, music and danc e, we can find unity and strength in a divided and fractured world. The mission is to contribute in s trengthening the Brics initiative by ensuring that Africa is united ...” said Mtheth wa.
“We wanted our process and production to reflect the power of unity through arts, and to showcase this to an international audience. We are delighted to be premiering our pr oduction on our home turf bef ore travelling abroad.
“We believe will give Africa and the w orld the other pictur e of South Africa and show that our people do not support xenophobia and this will show the world we are trying to unite Africa using sports and cultur e.” will pr oudly represent the African c ontinent in M oscow, St Pietersburg and Sochi in midJ une during the Confederation Cup. It will then to tour China, where it will perform in three cities — Shanghai, H ong Kong and H angzhou.