Tuesday April 3, 2012

Live Theatre

Ubuntu 

Haunting, souful mix of poetry and dance April 10

Released by Ann Goudswaard/CACC

 

spirited story told by an international partnership of Canadian and South African artists, Ubuntu –The Cape Town Project traces the ties that bind us all in a fantastic theatrical performance. This haunting, soulful story is a mix of poetry, dance and music that creates a unique theatrical experience for audience members on Tuesday, April 10, 8pm at the Cultural Centre.

Presented by the Chilliwack Arts & Cultural Centre Society, the Toronto based ensemble of artists from Theatrefront in association with Western Canada Theatre, perform the western tour of Ubuntu – The Cape Town Project in an innovated piece of theatre that challenges and inspires.

…pulses with life and hope… a vibrant mix of intrinsically interwoven music, dance and theatre." –The Coast (Halifax)

Ubuntu –The Cape Town Project is a multi-cultural, multi-national celebration of inclusiveness that was developed when a group of Canadian actors travelled to South Africa to work with the Baxter Theatre Centre in Cape Town. Consisting of five performers, three Canadians and two actors from South Africa, the cast takes us along on the incredible journey of a young South African man, Jabba as he seeks to connect with the father that left him as a child. A physically exciting show, Ubuntu –The Cape Town Project has a number of scenes told entirely through movement and traditional African music in a unique and thrilling form of theatre.

"We are keen to work with artists from countries where theatre still has a really relevant voice for political or social change," explains Daryl Cloran, Western Canada Theatre’s artistic director and co-creator of Ubuntu.

The story follows the journey of a young South African, Jabba, who travels to Toronto hoping to find the father that left the family home 20 years earlier when he was one. With only a faded picture of his father, and some letters that came when he would send money, to go on, the drama begins with the developing romance between the

father, Philani and the shy student Sarah when they meet while working at a university library. Other characters are introduced throughout the Ubuntu mystery, including the son Jabba, as the performance moves through an arrangement of past and present scenes captivating the audience at every turn as eventually both stories cross paths. Can people, with no knowledge of each other be haunted by the same ghosts? This is a question that the Ubuntu mystery reveals in this thrilling piece of theatre flavoured with hints of the South African culture.

Ubuntu, a South African word that refers to the spirit of community and the belief that all humanity is bound together, is touchingly defined in this collective creation as the story explores what happens to people when they lose that connection. Telling of Jabba’s incredible adventure made up of heartache and clashing cultures, Ubuntu overflows with hope, and a wonderful zest for life, as the threads that bind us together are revealed. This international collaboration of artists shows masterfully the journey of this young South African man as the story weaves through the past and the present.

Ubuntu – The Cape Town Project is a wonderful treat for the senses. Visually eye-catching, the set for the show is made up of walls of suitcases, panels of which serve as revolving doors for the actors as they drift in and out of scenes. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to enjoy an amazing unique form of theatre full of incredible music and stunning performances.

Thank you to the generous sponsors for helping bring this amazing talent to The Chilliwack Cultural Centre. The Bronze Sponsors for this show are: Fraser Valley Custom Printers and Sutton Group Showplace Realty. Accommodation Sponsor: Coast Chilliwack Hotel. Media Sponsors: the Chilliwack Progress and Star FM. To our Government Sponsors: the British Columbia Arts Council, The Province of British Columbia and the City of Chilliwack we thank you for your support.

Purchase your tickets early for Ubuntu by calling the Centre Box Office at 604.391.SHOW(7469) or visit the friendly agents Monday-Friday 9:30am-9:00pm, Saturday & Sunday 9:30am-5:00pm. Tickets are also available online at www.chilliwackculturalcentre.ca

 

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