THROUGH THE EYES OF THE MASSES
9, 14 & 16 September
Cape Town, 16 August 2017 – Under the expert choreography of award winning Artistic Director, Sifiso Kweyama, Jazzart’s professional production “Through the eyes of the masses” speaks out about a burning issue that thousands of people live with in silence. The performance makes bold statements and asks uncomfortable questions while unpacking the issue of forced removals and land restitution. It brings raw emotion and fearlessness to the fore with a fusion of poetry and dance that lays bare the harsh reality of lives that were shattered. The promises of restitution never fulfilled is depicted in two separate works, both exploring the 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 favourite work from the June Season called “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.
The show opens at Artscape on Thursday 14 September at 19h30, for four gripping performances that are bound to entertain audiences with toe-tapping rhythm and a healthy dose of food for thought that will leave one hungry for more.
Tickets cost R80. Bookings can be made at Computicket 0861 915 8000 or www.computicket.com.