Shows to attend at State Theatre
With the recent easing of Covid-19 restrictions to allow more patrons in venues, the South African State Theatre is excited to announce more shows which it will be showcasing in September and October 2021. The line-up also includes Youth Expression Festival shows (MOWA, Mkhukhu Experience, and Flex of He & I) which were postponed in June as the result of Alert Level 4.
The full line-up includes:
Jacky Masekela Ensemble 25 September
Violinist Jackey Masekela assembles a group of musicians who are band leaders and artists in their own right to perform at the renowned Malombo Theatre under the theme of Maropeng go a boelwa. This ensemble will take to the stage in celebration of heritage month. Masekela has recorded 4 albums with the Buskaid Soweto String Project. He has performed for the former president Mandela on numerous occasions, at his home and at the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund events.
MOWA – 22-28 September
Presented in collaboration with Mmabana Arts and Culture Foundation, where it will showcase in Mahikeng, MOWA (Mailakgang) is a play based on the story of a young man named Tsholofelo, who finds himself lost in the cave of “the third eye” and got trapped by a fiendish man called Mosala, who has superstitious powers that he uses to enslave prophets inside a cave. The story divulges the power of witchcraft and of ancestors. It is co-written by Kagiso Shomolekae and Orapeleng Diphoko, who doubles as director.
Mkhukhu Experience – 03 October
This is a stylistically spoken word poetry saturated in modern indigenous sounds comprising a mix of afro jazz and contemporary music suggesting influences from a wide music range of Africa, giving the audience a real experience of south African music and culture. It Features Kefiloe Leeka (Music Producer), Price Mabaso (Writer), Lehlogonolo Seodisha (Content Director).
Unconscious Stream of Dreams 20 Sep- 03 October
This visual art exhibition represents a new collection that inspires a dialogue on spirituality knowledge systems and culture of life. Curator Provian Mariri says the works is for the audience to explore relations between language and spirituality and encourage Africans to tell their own stories from their own perspective. The installation will feature works by virtual artist Bridget Makhubela.
Tribute to a fallen hero 15-17 October
This musical presentation pays homage to music legends for the great contribution they have made and shared. It gives thanks to the legends such as Dr Jonas Gwagwa, Hugh Masekela, Stimela, Sibongile Khumalo, Busi Mhlongo, Jabu Khanyile, SANKOMOTA, Tshepo Tshola, Soul Brothers, VUYO MOKWENA…
Flex of He & I – YEF 10 October
This poetry and music showcase enquires into the struggles of the Fees Must Fall movement. The concept speaks to the fragmentation of people, the vastness, the constant overcoming and recollection of history and other struggles- The struggle for free education and the struggle for equity. It features executive Producers and writers: Phomolo Sekamotho, Mpotseng Sehume, Sifiso Matsimela, Bongani Sithole, Sakhile Thebethe and Moketso Mahlangu.
Metsi 1-10 October
Metsi explores the spiritual connection between Juliet Zulu and Motswhole Mukubung. Their life choices are influenced by their individual spiritual identity, and time on earth. The journey becomes tough, navigating the everyday life of the community of Emthonjeni. What happens when you have nothing to give but your inner being? Would they survive the floods when the heavy rain comes? Metsi is written and directed by Hannah Nokwazi van Tonder theatre maker Paul Noko.
Mr. President 5-17 October
Mr. President is a postmodern style composition that exhibits still and moving images to illustrate the conditions that suppress the mindset of abantu base kas’lam. Through an installation, pictures, embodiment, sound and the voice, a collage is used to create an abstract image of the mindset that reflects the reality of abantu base kas’lam. To achieve this, it puzzles together the reality of the people from marginalized areas of South Africa – to create a museum and to disclose the invisible faith in democracy towards abantu base kas’lam. Mr. President is co-directed by Tshepang Moticoe and Karina Lemmer.
Tsogo 14-31 October
TSOGO (The Rise of Charlotte Mannya-Maxeke) is a resurrection of an icon, an exploration of the life and time of one of South Africa’s pan African, black conscious, and feminist pioneers. The inventive premise of the story-arch will draw on Re-Birthing- Re-Imagining and Reflecting on Maxeke’s her-story, which will be echoed through seven female voices, played by seven actresses on stage. The play is written by Napo Masheane and directed by Mapula Setlhako.