Dance and drama at Hiddingh

2017-06-20 06:00

A fusion of dance and drama heads into town after a stint in Grahamstown.

What Remains, the new play from multiple award-winning writer Nadia Davids, comes to Cape Town hot off its premiere at the main programme of the National Arts Festival.

It will be performed from Thursday 6 to Wednesday 12 July at Hiddingh Hall, Orange Street.

Davids’ first new play on African soil in nine years is created by a theatrical dream team, with direction by Jay Pather and starring Denise Newman, Faniswa Yisa, Shaun Oelf and Buhle Ngaba. Original choreography is by Jay Pather. The drama revolves around a still, cool day in the east of a city by the sea, three sounds, a bulldozer’s engine, a forgotten song, a canon that tells the time. Behind the bulldozer, a sign “Luxury Mall Coming Soon”. As the vehicle moves in to clear ground, it strikes at something unexpected. What Remains is a captivating fusion of text, dance and movement to tell a story about an unexpected uncovering of a slave burial ground in Cape Town, the archaeological dig that follows and a city haunted by the memory of slavery.

“This is a play about history, memory, magic and the now,” says Davids.

“Slavery in the Cape is a history full of silence and unresolved sorrow. And unresolved histories have a way of making themselves known. It is a play about how history erupts and disrupts the present.”

Performances run at 20:00 with a matinée on Saturday 8 July at 14:00 and a performance on Sunday 9 July at 18:00. There is limited seating so booking is essential. Ample parking is available next to the venue.

V Tickets available from www.webtickets.co.za.

A fusion of dance and drama heads into town after a stint in Grahamstown.

What Remains, the new play from multiple award-winning writer Nadia Davids, comes to Cape Town hot off its premiere at the main programme of the National Arts Festival.

It will be performed from Thursday 6 to Wednesday 12 July at Hiddingh Hall, Orange Street.

Davids’ first new play on African soil in nine years is created by a theatrical dream team, with direction by Jay Pather and starring Denise Newman, Faniswa Yisa, Shaun Oelf and Buhle Ngaba. Original choreography is by Jay Pather. The drama revolves around a still, cool day in the east of a city by the sea, three sounds, a bulldozer’s engine, a forgotten song, a canon that tells the time. Behind the bulldozer, a sign “Luxury Mall Coming Soon”. As the vehicle moves in to clear ground, it strikes at something unexpected. What Remains is a captivating fusion of text, dance and movement to tell a story about an unexpected uncovering of a slave burial ground in Cape Town, the archaeological dig that follows and a city haunted by the memory of slavery.

“This is a play about history, memory, magic and the now,” says Davids.

“Slavery in the Cape is a history full of silence and unresolved sorrow. And unresolved histories have a way of making themselves known. It is a play about how history erupts and disrupts the present.”

Performances run at 20:00 with a matinée on Saturday 8 July at 14:00 and a performance on Sunday 9 July at 18:00. There is limited seating so booking is essential. Ample parking is available next to the venue.

V Tickets available from www.webtickets.co.za.

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