SOUTH AFRICA 2019
The Centre for the Less Good Idea
As par of the For Once Programme
Johannesburg – venue TBC
Six performances at Gassnerallee Zürich
Two performances at Kaserne Basel
Two performances at Dampfzentrale Bern
Converting Eviction (working title) is a project between South African and Swiss artists Sello Pesa and Tim Zulauf. The project involves people from both contexts, engaging Humphrey Maleka (SA) and Hlengiwe Lushaba Madlala (SA), Vivien Bullert (DE/CH) and Christoph Rath (AU/CH) as performers, as well as musician Tracy September (SA/CH) and Sandi MX Blouse (SA).
At this stage in development, Converting Eviction takes the form of a theatrical installation. It is an ongoing research-process that looks closely at South Africa’s dense and extraordinary struggles with decolonisation. Tim Zulauf’s engagement with the South African context emerged originally from a couple of research trips supported by Pro Helvetia Johannesburg during the course of 2014 and 2015.
This project deals with the history of property, belonging and the agency to create meaningful lives within dysfunctional structures. It looks back into the ways that countries such as Switzerland, Germany, Luxemburg and France profited from dealing with the Apartheid regime, and how the structures from these former economic relations perpetuate today. In relation to nations in transformation, Converting Eviction asks: What political and economic structures lead to people being evicted? What are appropriate and what are the minimum conditions needed to make a home for oneself and family? What are the traumas of the past that are restricting people? And what is the agency that people have to convert hostile environments in a way that suits them?
The first stage is supported by Pro Helvetia Johannesburg and incubated at The Centre for the Less Good Idea as part of the For Once programme with a performance on the 30th of May 2019. There are plans for presentation of a further developed version in South Africa and in Switzerland in late 2019 – early 2020.
The texts will be conceptualised by Lindiwe Matshikiza (SA), Tim Zulauf (CH/DE) and Zamo Mkhwanazi (SA/CH) inspired by additional research from Hennie van Vuuren and the team of Open Secrets (SA), KEESA/ADR – Apartheid Debt and Reparations Campaign, Basel (CH) and the Khulumani Support Group (SA).
The work is coproduced with The Centre for the Less Good Idea (Johannesburg), Ntsoana Contemporary Dance Theatre [Johannesburg], Gessnerallee Zürich (CH), Kaserne Basel (CH), Dampfzentrale and Schlachthaus, Bern (CH) and supported by Stadt Zürich Kultur, Fachstelle Kultur Kanton Zürich, Fachausschuss Theater&Tanz BS/BL, Ernst Göhner Foundation, Migros-Kulturprozent.