Market Theatre goes Dutch!

South African and Dutch artists will engage each other in a series of skills-sharing workshops across the Market Theatre Foundation’s four creative and business units: Market Theatre Laboratory, Market Photo Workshop, Windybrow Arts Centre and Market Theatre in a dynamic programme billed as CASA: Looking Back / Looking Forward.

The Culture in Another South Africa (CASA) Festival took place the Netherlands in 1987 when more than 300 South African artists engaged with their Dutch counterparts in a programme of performances, workings and seminars to imagine cultural opportunities in a post-Apartheid South Africa. Thirty years later, this coming together of a contingent of Dutch artists in Johannesburg brought together through a partnership between the Market Theatre Foundation and the Embassy of the Netherlands provides another dynamic framework for a younger generation of artists to re-imagine opportunities for cultural engagement.

Workshops in spoken word performance, writing, directing, music and film will see Dutch-funded artists Roel Twijnstra, Sjaan Flikweert, Dean Bowen and Akwazi engaging with Johannesburg-based creatives.

Twijnstra is no newcomer to South Africa. The Dutch-born theatre director has produced cutting-edge work at several South African theatres and festivals. He is currently the Head of School for Live performance at AFDA (Durban). His workshop for theatre-makers will explore how art can be an unexpected and innovative platform for poverty reduction.

Akwazi will hold a very intimate and informative workshop with a group of socially displaced teens in Hilbrow at the Windybrow Arts Centre. His workshop is aimed at imparting valuable skills for the teens to take forth in improving their lives. Dean Bowen will speak from the heart of his spoken word journey to upcoming students and artists about how to manage their artistry moving forward. Dean is a Dutch poet, performer and psychonaut. He is also the inaugural winner of the Van Dale Spoken Award.

Dance has become an intrinsic part of audience delight in recent years. Dancer, poet, performance artist, dance educator and spoken word educator Sjaan Flikweert will round off the week-long programme. Her workshop will speak to the physical language of dance and how artists can harness the creation of their own signature style of performance.

“The ultimate reward for participants in these different workshops is the opportunity and the platform that it will provide to strengthen their capabilities and to network with each other across geographical and cultural boundaries,” said Zama Buthelezi, the Market Theatre Foundation’s Brand & Communications Manager.

The full programme of workshops, seminars, exhibitions, film screenings and performances for CASA: Looking Back / Looking Forward will take place from Thursday 14 September to Monday 18 September.  All events are free but there is limited seating available for all events. For more information about the programme please visit

For further information, interviews and images, contact:

Lusanda Zokufa, Senior Publicist, Market Theatre
011 832 1641 ext 202 or 072 367 7867