Breathing Space

In association with UCT Drama Department, Mothertongue formed part of the line up at the 2005 Voorkamerfest in Darling, with the production Breathing Space. At this unique festival, the people of Darling opened their homes to host professional performances by local and international artists. Inspired by the exciting mix of community spirit and quality entertainment of the first festival in 2004, Mothertongue created Breathing Space especially for the festival in September 2005.

Breathing Space focused on women in Darling’s stories in domestic spaces and involved four professional actors, Jill Levenberg, Mbali Kgosidintsi, Alex Halligey and Chuma Sopotela, working alongside women from different communities in Darling. Three houses were used as sites of performance through which the audience journeyed.

Breathing Space saw Mothertongue once again collaborating with installation artist and award winning film-maker, Kali van der Merwe, who worked with us on our successful and ground-breaking production Uhambo - Pieces of a Dream. Kali worked with the Darling women to design and make the installations for the various houses.

What made Breathing Space so uniquely Darling is that it engaged ten women from Darling over a period of six weeks in the creation process and performances. The production realised the potential that theatre holds for initiating conversations across fixed geographical boundaries. In a town that is racially divided by a railway line and a solid tarred road, it was Mothertongue’s intention to use a house in each of the areas, thus initiating conversations through the arts between different communities.

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Breathing Space - 2005

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