The Island is, according to the @nytimes, “an extraordinary political-prison drama created in apartheid-riven South Africa in 1973 by the white playwright and director Athol Fugard and two black actors, John Kani and Winston Ntshona.” In 2003, we presented a revival (of sorts) in the BAM Harvey Theater. This time directed by Aubrey Sekhabi, the production featured Kani and Ntshona, at that point in their 60s, in the roles they created 30 years prior. In his review, critic Bruce Weber noted “the play makes painfully clear that the few hold the many at their mercy, that their arrogance is evil and that might is not wisdom.”
When #DanceAfrica returns to the Howard Gilman Opera House in May, the festival will draw parallels between South African anti-apartheid and American civil rights movements. Our struggles are intertwined, and so to better provide context for the upcoming program—as well as underscore the deep significance of cultural exchange—we’ll be sharing more South African highlights from the #BAMHammArchives with you every Friday for the next month.
Remember, reconcile, renew! ✊🏿