The Artscape Women’s Humanity Arts Festival, taking place in various venues around the Artscape Theatre Centre from August 6 to 9, will feature ground-breaking productions the like of ‘Bittersoet’, ‘Ashed’ and ‘Die Glas ennie Draad’.
Elsabe Daneel’s performance of five different women juggling with the curveballs of life in ‘Bittersoet’ begins on Friday, July 31. Directed by Juanita Swanepoel and produced by Elsabe Daneel, the piece is an Afrikaans translation of Deon Opperman’s ‘Sweet Sorrows’.
The Unmute Dance Company, an organisation focused on the inclusion of people with disabilities, will be presenting ‘Trapped’ and ‘Ashed’ as part of the festival. Directed by Themba Mbuli, ‘Ashed’ mirrors the evolution of South African audiences exploring our past, present and future. It is a cutting edge contemporary experience of visual art, spoken word, dance and sound. Unmute Dance Company was awarded a Standard Bank Ovation Award at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown this year.
Sandra Temmmingh is the director behind ‘Die Glas ennie Draad’. Based on a true story, the production follows a socially unhinged gang leader after he survives an assassination attempt. ‘Die Glas ennie Draad’ is sponsored by The Ruben Richards Foundation, who aim to heal communities traumatised by gang violence. The foundation will be hosting an open dialogue session with UWC Sociologist Dr Thaver and former gang leaders on Saturday, August 8.
Other activities around the Festival include film screenings, exhibitions and free health screenings covering everything from breast cancer to TB and HIV.
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