VENUS VERSUS MODERNITY (SOUTH AFRICA)
Pamela Nomvete & Koleka Putuma
Afro_Vibes Festival in partnership with The Market Theater's Windybrow Arts Center
A historical story upside down.
Slavery, colonialism, patriarchy, feminism, sexuality and the exploitation and exotification of the Black female body - these are issues that are more pertinent now, with the exposure of the long-standing war on women’s bodies at its peak.
Lebo Mashile researches the framing and politics of the female body in relation to the impressive and painful story of Sarah Baartman who was part of a freak show in 19th century Europe and was displayed in colonial human zoos. In this black comedy Mashile gives Baartman a voice through poetry and opera. It dissects the effects of white supremacy and patriarchal systems regarding the Black female body. Strengthened by the play and powerful voice of Ann Masina who embodies the goddess Venus with her physical presence and a full choir with her powerful voice.
Lebo Mashila is one of the brave women who unequivocally expresses her opinion in the South African art scene, such as about Black Awareness. Venus versus Modernity was first conceived and performed at The Center for The Less Good Idea in Johannesburg under direction of South African artist William Kentridge. Ann Masina performed earlier this year in two South African productions during the Holland Festival.
Interview Lebo Mashile
"The story of Saartjie Baartman resonates so deeply because the forces that she was up against are the same forces that we as black women continue to be up against 200 years later … showing that Saartjie is the archangel for Black women’s representation in the modern world”. Read the entire interview
Amsterdam | Compagnietheater (Teaser)
Thu 3 Oct 19.30 (teaser, part of opening program) € 22,50 (with discount € 20,-) TICKETS
Amsterdam | Compagnietheater
Fri 4 Oct 19.00 € 16,- (with discount € 13,50) TICKETS
The Hague |Het Nationale Theater
Sat 5 Oct 20.00 € 21,50 (with discount € 18,- and 20,- ) TICKETS
Amsterdam | De Balie
Wed 9 Oct 20.00 € 15,- (with discount € 12,50) TICKETS
Amsterdam | Pleintheater
Sat 12 Oct 20.30 € 13,- (with discount € 11,-) TICKETS
Rotterdam | Maaspodium
Sun 13 Oct 15.30 € 14,- (with discount € 11,-) TICKETS
[DIRECTION] Pamela Nomvete, Koleka Putuma [PLAY] Lebogang Mashile & Ann Masina [DURATION] 60 minutes