Celebrating human resilience

2019-04-09 06:00
Jennie Reznek and Faniswa Yisa.

Jennie Reznek and Faniswa Yisa.

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Magnet Theatre’s award-winning production Every Year, Every Day, I Am Walking returns to the Baxter Theatre Centre, for a short season until Saturday 13 April.

With a string of local and international awards, and after touring 17 countries, Magnet Theatre’s longest running production, Every Year, Every Day, I Am Walking takes place at 19:30 every night, with matinee performances on Thursday 11 April at 11:00 and at 15:00 on and Saturday 13 April. There is an age restriction of 10 years.

Directed by Mark Fleishman, and starring Jennie Reznek and Faniswa Yisa, this production celebrates the resilience of human beings and the healing power of imagination.

It traces the story of a young refugee woman in Africa who loses her family and home, brutally and irrevocably, and is forced to journey to a new place through many dangers and uncertainties.

Created in September 2006, foreshadowing the first violent attacks on Somali nationals in the Western Cape, Every Year, Every Day, I Am Walking was born out an intense empathy with – and imagining of – what it must be like to lose one’s home and to feel strange in another place.

Reznek says in 2006 the situation for refugees and asylum seekers in this country was difficult, frustrating and painful.

“With this work, we wanted to respond with a strong sense of the possibility of healing and renewal. It was created long before forced migration grew to become the theme of our age and is now, with more than 250 million migrants globally, more relevant than ever.”

Original music for the production is by Neo Muyanga, with choreographic sequences by Ina Wichterich, set by Julia Anastasopoulos (Suzelle DIY, Tali’s Wedding Diary) and lighting by Daniel Galloway.

Yisa and Reznek first performed together under Fleishman’s direction in 2004 in Fire Raisers. Since then this formidable team has created celebrated productions like Voices Made Night, Cargo, Every Year, Every Day, I Am Walking and Autopsy.

The revival of this young classic, poignant and ground-breaking theatre piece is a rare opportunity to see a masterful example of physical theatre that has impacted so strongly on the development of physical and image theatre in South Africa.

Reznek is an award-winning actress, teacher, director who graduated from the University of Cape Town (UCT) Drama School and also studied in Paris with Jacques Lecoq for two years. She is a director and founder member of Magnet Theatre and runs the bulk of the youth development programmes.

Fleishman, a lecturer and writer and also a professor and the head of the centre for Theatre Dance and Performance Studies at UCT, has published many theatre texts and academic articles (mainly on South African theatre) and is a founder member of Magnet Theatre.

Yisa is a multi-award-winning actress and UCT graduate with a performer’s diploma in speech and drama. Performances in recent years include Reza de Wet’s Missing, Ityala Lamawela, Born in the RSA and What Remains, for which she won the Best Actress Award at the 2018 Fleur du Cap Awards.V Ticket prices range from R50 (scholars/students and matinee block-bookings of 10 or more), R70 (block-bookings of 10 or more for evening performances) to R150.

V Bookings are now open at Webtickets on 086 111 0005, online at www.webtickets.co.za or from selected Pick n Pay stores.

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