what the water gave me

"What the Water Gave Me circles you delicately to a point of clarity and release and cleansing" - Cape Times July 2001

Written and performed by Rehane Abrahams who was awarded the FNB Vita Award for best Actress, What The Water Gave Me was directed by Sara Matchett with sound by Julia Uranium. The production is the first in a Totem-Trilogy of plays, which seeks out a feminine style of theatrical practice. It was first seen at the Cape Town Theatre Laboratory's Collaborations Festival at the Artscape Arena in November 2000.

Taking the concept one step further, we exited the traditional theatre space and presented the show at The Sufi Temple, a geodesic dome in a garden, in order to align the venue with the vision of the production. What the Water Gave Me participated in the Johannesburg Community Theatre Festival at the Market Theatre Laboratory (21 and 26 May 2001). The play is an elemental exploration, which digs up gestures, and stories that have been buried in the darkness of Cape Town's history. Use is made of Storytelling, Indian Classical dance and Physical Theatre as the action moves in all directions and is simultaneously interwoven.

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MotherTongue Walk: South Africa Production

Created and performed by Sara Matchett, Rosa Postlethwaite, Siphumeze Kundayi, Genna Gardini, and Koleka Putuma
Inspired by Maya Krishna Rao’s The Walk
Curated by Sara Matchett and Genna Gardini
Produced by The Mothertongue Project

how it began...

Walk: South Africa is a performance piece made by a group of South African artists in response to Maya Krishna Rao's The Walk. Rao created 'Walk' as a response to the gang-rape and murder of Jyoti Pandey. We decided, with Rao's permission, to create Walk: South Africa in early 2013, as a response to the gang-rape and murder of Anene Booysen.

In April 2013 the company started to conceptualize a performed response to gender violence in South Africa. What has emerged is a series of performed installations, which involve the audience walking. The performed responses combine live and recorded performance and sound.

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