FOR ONCE | 30 May at 7pm
Arts on Main, Maboneng
«Converting Eviction» (working title) is a project between South African and German/Swiss artists Sello Pesa and Tim Zulauf. The project involves people from both contexts, engaging Humphrey Maleka (SA) and Hlengiwe Lushaba Madlala (SA), Vivien Bullert (DE/CH) and Christoph Rath (AU/CH) as performers, as well as musician Tracy September (SA/CH) and Sandi MX Blouse (SA). This is the first stage of a project that will be shown in Johannesburg at the end November 2019 and Switzerland in January and February 2020.
The texts will be conceptualised by Lindiwe Matshikiza (SA), Tim Zulauf (CH/DE) and Zamo Mkhwanazi (SA/CH) inspired by additional research from Hennie van Vuuren and the team of Open Secrets (SA), KEESA/ADR – Apartheid Debt and Reparations Campaign, Basel (CH) and the Khulumani Support Group (SA).
«Converting Eviction» takes the form of a theatrical installation. It is an ongoing research-process that has a close look into South Africa’s dense and extraordinary struggles with decolonisation. The project deals with the history of property, belonging and the agency to create meaningful lives within dysfunctional structures. It looks back into the ways that countries such as Switzerland, Germany, Luxemburg and France profited from dealing with the Apartheid regime, and how the structures from these former economic relations perpetuate today. In relation to nations in transformation «Converting Eviction» asks: What political and economic structures lead to people being evicted? What are appropriate and what are the minimum conditions needed to make a home for oneself and family? What are the traumas of the past that are restricting people? And what is the agency that people have to convert hostile environments in a way that suits them?
The first stage is supported by Pro Helvetia Johannesburg and incubated at The Centre for the Less Good Idea as part of the For Once programme with performance on the 30th of May 2019. «Converting Eviction» will be further developed and tour again in South Africa and in Switzerland 2020.
The work is coproduced with The Centre for the Less Good Idea (Johannesburg), Gessnerallee Zürich (CH), Kaserne Basel (CH), Dampfzentrale and Schlachthaus, Bern (CH) and supported by Stadt Zürich Kultur, Fachstelle Kultur Kanton Zürich, Fachausschuss Theater&Tanz BS/BL, Ernst Göhner Foundation, Migros-Kulturprozent
Image credit | A laser image of Kweneng overlaid on a map of the area. Photograph | University of Witwatersrand