Project offers platform to speak

2017-01-19 06:02
 Women on the Cross was received with applause when it showcased at the Roman Catholic Church in NY 5.

Women on the Cross was received with applause when it showcased at the Roman Catholic Church in NY 5.

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The Project Playground brought an explosive production titled Women on the Cross late last year.

The play, conceived by music facilitator Amandla Nqokoto, explores the many hardships that women and girls face in their lives, like physical and emotional abuse.

It’s aimed at raising awareness, educate and encourage women to speak out about the issues they face.

“The production gives a voice to those who do not or cannot speak,” explains Nqokoto.

The play has been re-interpreted into a dance and movement piece by choreographer Wendy Thoane, in collaboration with dancers from her group Gijima Creative Arts and Empowerment.

It is performed by participants from Project Playground, where Nqokoto and Thoane teach music and dance to children aged 8 to 17.

“We’ve been working hard with these kids since January this last year,” says dance facilitator Thoane. “We feel that we’ve been building up to this climax. Women on the Cross is not an easy production. But we are amazed by how the kids engage themselves with the emotions and the pain.”

Women on the Cross was received with applause when it showcased at the Roman Catholic Church in NY 5 in November 2016.

.To book more performances call Amandla Nqokoto on 072 443 3415 or 021 633 0263.

. Project Playground is an organisation that creates a meaningful spare time for about 750 children and youth in the townships of Langa, Gugulethu and Samora.

Soccer, Netball, Art, Drama, Music, Dance and a disability programme are amongst the activities that aim to inspire individuals towards higher self-esteem who in turn influence their peers.

The organization was founded in 2010 by two Swedish women, convinced that adults have a duty to protect the universal rights of children.

Project Playground is apolitical and non-religious and has the UN’s Convention on the Rights of the Child as its starting-point.

The vision is a safe world where every child grows up with a belief in the future and the possibility to influence their own life.

Wendy Thoane and Gijima Gijima is a project based in Nyanga.

Thoane is an former dancer from UCT and Jazz Art. She has been involved in many productions, and also danced professionally for Indoni Leadership Company.

She is currently working as a dance facilitator at Project Playground and a dance practitioner for Nyanga Arts Centre.

Amandla Nqokoto is the founder of the SAZ Youth Theatre project that focused on youth development and empowerment through drama within other forms of art. He is a former student of the Pulpit Theatre, under UCT Baxter Theatre, which was under the late Thembile Phephetheka.

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