The best of South African theatre in France

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29 Nov 2013

The South African Season in France will see the end of the year vibrate and resonate through word and body, thanks to superb upcoming theatrical projects. These include performances by Brett Bailey, Jean-Paul Delore, Magnet Theatre, Mpumelelo Paul Grootboom, Festival escapades, and the Handspring Puppet Company.

Brett Bailey’s Exhibit B, which deeply moved the audience at the Avignon Festival this year, is now touring Paris, at CentQuatre, prior to moving on to Strasbourg. Exhibit B is the second part in a series of performance works that focuses on the hidden history of racism and the complex power relations between Europe and Africa from the late 18thcenturyuntil the present.

Following Nantes and la Vendée, La Villette in Paris will be the next to welcome South African director MpumeleloPaul Grootboom who will present Rhetorical and Township Stories, two theatrical productions on society penetrating the fracture lines of contemporary South Africa.Township Stories is a nail-biting thriller, very much in the film noir tradition. It is a series of stories about life in a post-apartheid South African township, examined with authentic and brutal insight - stories which become increasingly and shockingly interconnected.

La Maison des Métallos will see director Jean-Paul Delore present his piece in the form of a burlesque historical conference, interpreted in French, isiZulu, English, Afrikaans and isiXhosa. How to tell the story of a country in 60 minutes? This is the challenge taken up by Lindiwe Matshikiza and Nicolas Welch in Ster City.

Additionally, Le Festival Escapades at le Cartoucherie e Vincennes will be hosting acclaimed dancer, Gregory Maqoma in Arras, as well as the Handspring Puppet Company of Cape Town.

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