We are excited to announce that a team of artists and filmmakers from South Africa and France have just left Durban for a project in the field in Lesotho and Ixopo. Three South African artists, Bongekile Mabuya, Sipho Mdletshe, and Sabee Shozi, are working with our partners from Clowns Sans Frontieres and a production crew from 3B Productions to create a documentary of our work while bringing laughter and emotional relief to remote areas affected by HIV/AIDS in Southern Africa.
For the past 3 days, the artists have been rehearsing in Durban at the BAT Centre under the direction of Marik Wagner to create a show exploring the world of the imagination through movement, music, and clown. It has been an exciting journey for our South African artists as they have learned new ways of building a show through improvisation and ensemble driven creation. Bongekile, Sipho, and Sabee have been joined by French clown, Pierre Pilatte (www.1watt.eu), Nathalie Baldo (dancer), and Daniel Rousseau (musician) – all wonderful artists with years of experience on the stage in France and in the field with Clowns Sans Frontieres.
The film project, directed by Gilles Porte (www.gillesporte.carmineo.fr) is a result of a UNICEF funded exhibition celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the signing of the UN Declaration of the Rights of the Child that occurred in November with which CWBSA collaborated in Ixopo. The project photographs and films children between the ages of 2-6 drawing their own self-portrait. Gilles has visited over 38 different countries and is returning to South Africa to share the results of his work with the orphans and vulnerable children we worked with in Ixopo with Woza Moya. The documentary that Gilles makes of the work will hopefully be shown at the Cannes Film Festival this May!
The team will perform for audiences in schools and community centres tin Ixopo as well as in Pitseng, Lesotho with the Phelisanong Community Project and in Waterloo (near Durban) with Women and Men Against Child Abuse while the film crew document their work and show short films of children drawing self-portraits from around the world. Many thanks to Europcar for sponsoring our transportation for the project.
Please stay tuned for reports from the field!