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10 Jul 2012 - 15 Jul 2012

Venue: Main Theatre
Age Restriction: 6

TThe Market Theatre in association with Théâtre Taliipot presents
“!AÏA – From Cave to Sky”
Season: Tuesday 10 to Sunday 15 July 2012
Organised as part of the France-South Africa Seasons 2012 & 2013

ONE WEEK ONLY PERFORMANCE - R75 for all performances

!Aïa is a transversal work between art, culture, science and traditional wisdom. !Aïa creates a dialogue about our origins, life, the living, the relationship between human beings and nature. For this project, the company has worked with scientists, artists and traditional healers in unique places including the Cradle of Humankind, in South Africa, and various places where one can still feel and see the tracks of the San people, the most ancient culture in the world, the root of the humankind tree.

Beyond all the persecution and discrimination the San underwent, the fathers and the mothers of all of us, Théâtre Taliipot questions their vision, their experience and their expression of the origins, the link to earth, to nature with which they are in everlasting empathy. Through the memory of the dancers’ bodies, Théâtre Taliipot searches, beyond ruptures, the link to this origin, this spring… Still active today in any of us, beyond any denial. In the heart of the city and modernity.

!Aïa is a dance,musical and drama show - accessible to everyone.

Presented at the 38th National Arts Festival, Grahamstown, this show is co-produced by Artscape and Nirox Foundation with the support of Région Réunion, Département Réunion, Ville de St-Denis and DAC OI.

Production Information
Choreography, Direction and script Phillipe Pelen Baldini
Drama Assistant Thierry Moucazambo
Assistant in South Africa Themba Mbuli
Scenography Phillipe Peleni Baldini
Light designer Nicole Léonforte
Props Design Sacha Ehlers
Sound Design Phil Thurston
Indigenous music composition Isaak Rakotsoane
Thierry Moucazambo

This show is co-produced by Artscape and Nirox Foundation with the support of Région Réunion, Département Réunion, Ville de St-Denis and DAC OI.

For media enquires please contact
Robert Motseko
011 832 1641 for bookings and more information


The France–South Africa Seasons 2012 & 2013 are organised and implemented:
For France:
By the French Institute with the support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Culture and Communication, the Ministry of National Education, the Ministry of Higher Education and Research, the Ministry of Sports, the Ministry of Economic Recovery, the French Embassy in South Africa and the network of Alliance Française.
Chairman: Xavier Darcos
General Commissioner: Laurent Clavel

For South Africa:
By the Department of Arts and Culture and the National Arts Council (NAC), with the support of the Department of Science and Technology, the
Department of Sports and Recreation, the Department of Tourism, the Department of Trade and Industry, the Department of Higher Education and Training, the Department of Basic Education, and the Embassy of South Africa in France.
Chairman: Dikgang Moopeloa.
General Commissioner: Bongani Tembe.

The French Season in South Africa is supported in 2012 by a committee of sponsors chaired by Mr Luc Oursel, AREVA President and Chief Executive Officer, Chairman of the Executive Board of AREVA. This committee is made of the following corporations: AREVA, Air France, Bouygues Travaux Publics, EDF, GDF-SUEZ, Mazars, Orange and Total.

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Themba Mbuli
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