Festival of South African theatre Proyecto 34°S

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Proyecto 34°S is a theatrical and artistic exchange between Buenos Aires, Argentina and Cape Town, South Africa, both located on the 34°S line of latitude. Its primary objective is to promote and facilitate the exchange of African and Latin American performing arts, culture, heritage and literature. The 2009 exchange begins with theatre, but also includes other performing art forms such as music and dance.

For this first exchange three South African productions have been selected to travel to Buenos Aires and perform to the Argentine public at Centro Cultural Borges, between April 22 and April 27, 2009. The performances will be accompanied by free workshops, talks & meetings in order to promote as much cultural exchange and dialogue as possible.

Selected plays:

"Every year, every day, I am walking" (Magnet Theatre): traces the story of a young refugee in Africa who loses family and home brutally and irrevocably and is forced to journey to a new place through many dangers and uncertainties. It is a piece about dislocation, about what home means, abut Africa, about loss and about the first tentative steps towards healing and recovery. An important moving contemporary story told through evocative physical images and music, celebrating the ability of human beings to heal and regain a sense of dignity and identity through the power of the imagination.
Cast: Jennie Reznek and Faniswa Yisa.
Music by: Neo Muyanga.
Directed by: Mark Fleishman.
Appropriate for: 13 years and older.
Duration: 70 mins.
Style / Language: Physical Theatre with a small amount of text in English, Afrikaans, Xhosa and French.
Performances: Thursday 23, 10 pm; Friday 24, 8 pm; Saturday 25, 10.30 pm; Monday 27, 9 pm.

"Gumbo" (From the Hip: Khulumakahle): the story of a young Deaf boy who escapes his abusive father to find love and acceptance. It is a modern day fairytale of terrible deeds, clandestine romance and newfound courage, performed using a mix of clowning, Sign Language and haunting imagery. It is South Africa’s first full-length Deaf and hearing clowning show.
Cast: Rob Murray, Liezl de Kock, Lysander Barends and Marlon Snyders.
Written by: Rob Murray and Floss Adams.
Directed by: Tanya Surtees.
Appropriate for: All ages, deaf & hearing.
Duration: 70 mins.
Genre/Language: Physical theatre - Almost no spoken language, sign language is incorporated into the production.
Performances: Wednesday 22, 9 pm; Saturday 25, 8 pm; Sunday 26, 6 pm.

"Living in Strange lands" (Imaginary Stage): In 1966, Dimitri Tsafendas irrevocably altered the course of South African history when he assassinated then prime minister Henrik Verwoerd, the founder and architect of Apartheid. Whether this was an act motivated by madness remains a mystery. This thoroughly researched production presents the possibility that he may have been a sane man living in a strange land.
Cast: Renos Nicos Spanoudes and Anton Krueger.
Written by: Anton Krueger.
Directed by: Lynne Maree.
Appropriate for: 13 years and older.
Duration: 70 mins.
Language: English – subtitles in Spanish.
Performances: Thursday 23, 7.30 pm; Friday 24, 10.30 pm; Sunday 26, 8.30 pm.

Dates: April 22 – 27, 2009
Location: Auditorio Astor Piazzolla, Centro Cultural Borges. Viamonte and San Martin, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Tickets: $25 - $30 Argentine Pesos, for sale via PLATEANET: 5236-3000, or at the theater, Monday to Saturday 10 am - 9 pm; Sunday 12 noon - 9 pm.
Discounts for IUNA students, pensioners and the differently-abled.
For more information and complete program, visit Proyecto 34°S website.

Exhibition of African photography and art
16 April – 30 May
Level 3, Centro Cultural Borges
Free entrance

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