Made actual theatre!
Today until 15 April ‘Piekniek by Mpande (neé Dingaan)’, directed by Wolf Britz, runs at the Klein Karoo National Arts Festival. I have made, as projection scenographer, moving image that appears throughout most of the play on a 3,8 x 12m vertical blind. The piece is based on a seminal Afrikaans protest cabaret from 1988, 'Piekniek by Dingaan’, written by Koos Kombuis, and directed by Gerrit Schoonhoven, which was an antecedent to the Voëlvry Movement. Nicole Holm, Karli Heine, Nomathamsanqa Baba, Ilana Cilliers, Ludwig Binge and Marlo Minnaar perform alongside music director Jose Dias and Pierre-Arnold Theron. Louis Roux has updated the text (which includes several Brecht translations) along with the cast in Afrikaans, English and isiXhosa. After the current run it travels to the Artscape, Cape Town. Amongst other things the work addresses gravity, water scarcity, Spur aesthetics, bunker mentality, exile, land reparation, complicity and the violence of language. #abrideswardt