Mar 3 @ 15:00 & 20:30 & Mar 4 @ 15:00 The Market Theatre Opera for Fools is choreographed by: Vincent Sekwati Mantsoe
The backdrop for Opera for Fools depicts the Shebeen lifestyle that was lived in the South African townships of Johannesburg, where it framed the centre stage for some of the dramatic events that took place between the 1970s and 1990s.
In the so-called ‘informal settlements’ of Soweto, Sophiatown and Alexandra, migrants from far and nearby neighbouring countries made new friends, all sharing the one common goal ‘to find that mighty gold and diamonds’ in the belly of the earth.
In these townships, the vacuum was a recipe for crime to some, a political weapon to others. The nights would be silenced by gunfire or tsotsi raiding the dark streets like a black cat seeking its prey. Black cars with tinted windows would be either spying on individual houses or taking young ones who had been left in the streets without any care.
This work features music Deconstruction by Andrea Cera, with dancers from South Africa, France/La Reunion/Martinique.
Vincent Mantsoe presents a new creation called Opera for Fools which reflects on when Soweto, Alexandra and other townships in South Africa were the centre stage for what happened in this country in the 1970s and 1980s. His interview is on March 3 after the 20:30 performance.