Pro­mot­ing African unity through arts

The Witness - - LOFESTYLE & ENTERTAINMENT -

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.

— Sup­plied.

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