Our Women documents many life journeys

Rehearsing for Our Women, a Jazzart production at the Artscape Theatre this weekend, are Thandiwe Mqokeli and Keenun Wales at the back and in front are Vuyolwethu Nompetsheni and Ilse Williams.

June is youth month and the young performers at Jazzart are dedicating this month to join the South African conversation in saying that child and woman abuse has to stop.

With their production titled Our Women they take the audience through the many journeys a woman walks in life, as a stark reminder of how much we need strong women and how much we owe to women as a society at large.

“As artists, we are hell-bent on arresting this trend of abuse and total disregard for the lives of our women, using the medium of dance to communicate our message,” said Sifiso Kweyama, artistic director at Jazzart.

The production is on stage for two days only, this Friday and Saturday June 23 and 24 at Artscape Theatre Centre. “Through weaving the different stories of women’s joy, tears, frustrations, hopes and fears, the pieces will resonate with young people honouring their mothers, sisters, grandmothers and the strong women in the community who touched their lives in one way or another. They resonate equally well with older people who will remember some of the challenges once faced by women, at a time when the liberation of women was a pipedream. While much has changed in post-apartheid South Africa, the struggle remains real in many other ways. Particularly today, when women have to fight for the right to safety,” said Mr Kweyama.

The cast is currently in their second year of training at Jazzart Dance Theatre, as part of a three-year artistic development programme. They hail from marginalised communities across the Western Cape and have all faced obstacles and challenges in their quest to get into the programme.

Our Women will be presented in the Artscape Theatre on June 23 and 24 at 7.30pm with a matinee performance on Saturday at 3pm. Tickets cost R60 and R50 for students and pensioners. Block bookings of ten or more cost R45. Bookings can be made at Computicket 0861 915 8000 or www.computicket.com.