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 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.
Duration: +/- 60 minutes.
Afrovibes festival brings for the sixteenth edition (and sixth time in the Maaspodium) young pioneers and established talent in theater, dance, music and design from Africa to the Netherlands. Afrovibes shows the dynamic cultural life of urban Africa and connects this with Dutch artists and the public. The festival is from 3 to 13 October in Amsterdam, Utrecht, The Hague and Rotterdam.
Saturday 12 October and Sunday 13 October the festival is in the Maaspodium.
Speak Truth to Power
This year’s festival theme is Speak Truth to Power. Our current world has an abundance of information. With the growth of unfiltered (online) information sources, the question arises as to which information is true and which is not. Has the concept of truth become an illusion in a world where “fake news” and manipulated facts drown out reality and reinforce existing stereotypes?
By: Lebo Mashile, Ann Masina
Director: Pamela Nomvete
Actor & poet: Lebogang Mashile
Actor & singer: Ann Masina