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in the Park set to open with regional production
January 11, 2010
Theatre in the
Park is set to open its first season for 2011 on the 1st of February
2011 with an explosive physical production from Malawi entitled
"Ganyu", a magical fusion of acrobatics and theatre
which was created and directed by Stanley Mambo who once stayed
and worked in Zimbabwe before re-locating to Malawi - his
home country. Set to run from 2 February to 26 February daily at
5.30pm and 7.30pm except for Sundays and Mondays, "Ganyu"
is a production of Mwezi Entertainment Productions performed by
a professional acrobatics group called Kufewa from Malawi. The production
features Adriano Zwii, Bwanali Shaibu,Iman Shaibu and Rashid Shaibu.
of exploring and creating GANYU is a deep search for the energy
and spirit that can purely connect the art forms fused with the
artist's diverse talent. The direction provoked actors training
as a first stage drawn from my experience in theatre, film and music.
In the process, we developed a unique fusion of theatre styles -
Afrobatics. In my discovery Afrobatics is a creative theatre style
fusing acrobatics, text, movement, music, sounds and images in an
artistically electrifying technique", says the director Stanley
Mambo famed in Zimbabwe for his role in Studio 263 as the N'anga,
Journalist and Detective in the original cast of the soap. Stanley
has also directed acclaimed productions like "All Systems
Out Of Order", Heaven's Diary" and "Conquered
Plans" which have all thrilled Zimbabwean theatre buffs. He
has worked extensively with world renowned, Theatre Talipot as a
a marginalized society and brought up by a ghetto culture, influences
and opportunities that limit their dreams and destiny, a group of
youths transformed their teenage games to a source of life, a talent
and inheritance from the past generation. They took to the streets
performing to entertain the passers by and beg out that little extra
or budgeted money into their own hats, their daily needs. In that
hunting forest, they meet the wild side of the jungle - myths and
beliefs, mob psychology and peer pressure, the law and corruption,
alcohol and drug abuse and not being spared by the monster HIV/AIDS.
Survival, the quest for bread and butter forces them to stick to
their source and safeguard each dawn and sunset. They triumph the
streets and took centre stage in a new jungle that provided no superior
cause or spring.
What source can bring light and triumph to their
quest and vision? What depth does each element influence their consciousness,
vulnerability and force as one? What principles will safeguard their
individual and group spirit through the shadows of the night, the
dawn and sunset of their path? How does society reflect itself through
them and the future generation? Like flames of fire their yield
is conditionally placed in their hands straight to the mouth as
they still celebrate and venerate their source.
"This season will see us do three performances
namely: "Ganyu" from Malawi, "365 Days" by Stephen
Chifunyise and "Me and Friend" from South Africa. We have
deliberately made two of these productions regional so as to compensate
for the regional quota at Theatre in the Park which had been rendered
difficult to fulfill by the economic challenges of yester-years.
Our last regional production was "Sight of the Blind"
from Zambia and all along our fans have been questioning what happened
to regional productions hence we saw it befitting to start the season
with this amazing production from Malawi", says Daves Guzha
the producer of Rooftop Promotions.
going for US$3 and US$2 and organizations are welcome to buy block
tickets for their members, target groups and "publics".
Says Tafadzwa Muzondo the Marketing and Sales Executive for Rooftop
Promotions: "Our last production for 2010 was not well received
and as such we would want to appeal to all our current and potential
followers to support our efforts to keep live theatre alive by attending
this show which has the potential to be a lifetime theatrical experience
coming from a director who has worked with many established production
houses in not only African countries such as Zambia, Zimbabwe, Malawi
and South Africa but European countries such as France, Reunion
Island and Germany. As we call upon other organizations to buy block
tickets for their stakeholders, we wish to thank the US Embassy
Public Affairs Section for bringing new followers to Theatre in
the Park when they bought block tickets which they distributed to
various youth groups in Harare".
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