Under the expert choreography of award-winning Artistic Director, Sifiso Kweyama, Jazzart Dance Theatre – one of South Africa’s leading contemporary dance companies – presents its latest professional production, Through the Eyes of the Masses.
Tackling the issue of forced removals, the piece marries dance with poetry to speak out about how those affected still yearn for the land they once occupied. The work, not shying away from opposing opinions, is set to elicit raw emotion while it makes bold statements and asks uncomfortable questions.
The promise of restitution never fulfilled is depicted in two separate works, both exploring pain, anger, sadness and love.
“People have placed their trust in leaders who vowed to right the wrongs of the past so that all South Africans are able to access opportunities that will allow them to lead lives they can value and have a chance to prosper. We are using dance to tell the stories of the majority who once occupied spaces they now may only access occasionally to enjoy or to render services and facilitate the lifestyle of a minority. Not because there are laws governing their access, but because the system and the resultant economy has shifted them to the outskirts of the land they once toiled,” said Kweyama.
Coming out of Women’s Month and moving into Heritage Month, Jazzart’s budding artists – currently in their third year of training – will also have an opportunity to perform the acclaimed work from the June season, Dankbaar. This moving story of high energy and fast-paced rhythmic dance beautifully illustrates the power of the maternal figure that lives in all women and how these influences shape and mould communities.
Book your tickets now for an evening of stirring, thought-provoking art.
Venue: Artscape Theatre, D.F. Malan St, Foreshore, Cape Town
Dates: 9 to 16 September 2017
Time: Sat & Fri 7.30pm | Wed 3pm | Sat (16 Sep) again at 3pm
Duration: 1 hour and 35 minutes including a 20 minute interval