Doni/Solvik/Wunderkammer Produksjoner (SA/NO): Phefumla – To Breathe

Doni/Solvik/Wunderkammer Produksjoner: Phefumla – To Breathe
Age: 14-18 years
Venue: Aladdin Blå

Phefumla (To Breathe) is developed through a devised process with four young men from the township areas surrounding Cape Town. All four have been involved or affected by the gang culture that rules the streets. Through glimpses of their childhood, fragments of good and bad memories, we slowly puzzle the pieces of their young lives together. The performance reveals both fatal choices as well as well-hidden dreams and hopes for the future. The play is built on the individual stories of the young performers. Their personal experiences is transformed into dramatic text, visual and physical imagery and choreographies, built from their own cultural language. Phefumla have become an unusually dark performance considering the young target group. At the same time, the theme is part of an existential struggle that young people in townships have to deal with on an everyday basis. We therefore believe that despite the darkness, there is a potential of healing by recognition.

About the production

Direction: Thando Doni
Set design: Ingrid Solvik
Light Design: Guy de Lancey
Photography & graphic: design Robert Marufu
Stage Manager: Yaco Beyleveld

Technical guidance: Jonah de Lange
Performers: Bongani Dyalivana, Eric Menyo, Vuyani Matiwanae, Ntsikayomzi Tyalana

Producer: Mariken Lauvstad

Set builder: Nathaniel Abrahams

Thanks to: Craig Leo, Caroline Calburn, Jessica Caren, Milton Schorr, Rory Avensrup, Yvette Hardie, Hilde Annette Aakre, The Maker Space Workshop/ Woodstock, Julita Dewet, and all our fabulous devoted crowdfunding supporters.

Collaborative Partners: ASSITEJ Norway, ASSITEJ South Africa & Theatre Arts Admin Collective

Supported by: The Norwegian Arts Counsil, Stikk Travelfunds, CULTIVA Express, ASSITEJ Norway & Funde Crowdfunding