Dear Winnie,

JR.CE.SA.R, KVS & NNT
30.11.2019
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12.03.2020

During the battle against apartheid, ANC resistance fighter Maurice Mthombeni wrote a letter to his confidante, Winnie Madikizela, better known as Winnie Mandela. The letter was however intercepted by the apartheid regime and published in the national newspaper of South Africa, in order to sow division within the ANC. Maurice Mthombeni fled to Europe and continued the battle from afar.

His son, director and KVS face Junior Mthombeni, long had the idea of creating a performance around Winnie Mandela. Now, within the current European climate of disunity that pits people against one another, he found the time ripe to use Winnie Mandela as a source of inspiration on stage. The play relates not only to this extraordinary woman who, despite humiliation, abuse and exile, continued her resistance against the apartheid regime, but also to the fighting spirit that is more alive today than ever.

 

When do you revolt? When do you sacrifice your personality for the greater good? KVS faces Junior Mthombeni, Fikry El Azzouzi and Cesar Janssens, together the theatre company Jr.cE.sA.r, set out in search for the answer with actresses, singers and performers from the worldwide diaspora. On stage they link their personal stories with the life of Winnie Mandela. In this way, small human stories are interwoven with the bigger picture of history.

 

After their lauded performances Rumble in da Jungle and Malcolm X, Winnie Mandela is an evident next source of inspiration to Jr.cE.sA.r and KVS. They want Dear Winnie, to sow seeds of hope and inspiration among the audience. Let this inspiring story transport you, thanks to a lively performance full of music.

When do you revolt? When do you sacrifice your personality for the greater good? KVS faces Junior Mthombeni, Fikry El Azzouzi and Cesar Janssens, together the theatre company Jr.cE.sA.r, set out in search for the answer with actresses, singers and performers from the worldwide diaspora. On stage they link their personal stories with the life of Winnie Mandela. In this way, small human stories are interwoven with the bigger picture of history.

 

After their lauded performances Rumble in da Jungle and Malcolm X, Winnie Mandela is an evident next source of inspiration to Jr.cE.sA.r and KVS. They want Dear Winnie, to sow seeds of hope and inspiration among the audience. Let this inspiring story transport you, thanks to a lively performance full of music.

Credits

VAN & MET / DE & AVEC / BY & WITH Junior Mthombeni, Cesar Janssens, Fikry El Azzouzi, Tutu Puoane, Alesandra Seutin, Denise Jannah, Jade Wheeler, Gloria Boateng, Ntjam Rosie, Mahina, Joy Wielkens REGIE-ASSISTENT / ASSISTANT MISE EN SCENE / ASSISTANT DIRECTOR Wim De Vries DRAMATURGIE / DRAMATURGY Robbert Van Heuven, Gerardo Salinas DECOR- & LICHTONTWERP / CONCEPTION DE DÉCOR & LUMIERE / SET & LIGHT DESIGN Stef Stessel DECOR- & INSTRUMENTENBOUW / CONSTRUCTION DÉCOR & INSTRUMENTS / CONSTRUCTION SET & INSTRUMENTS Ralf Nonn, Danny Vandeput KOSTUUMONTWERP / CONCEPTION DE COSTUMES / COSTUME DESIGN Lieve Pynoo PRODUCTIELEIDING / DIRECTEURS DE PRODUCTION / PRODUCTION DIRECTORS Miek Scheers, Maarten Otten EXTERNE BLIK / REGARD EXTERIEURE / OUTSIDE EYE Ntando Cele PRODUCTIE / PRODUCTION KVS, NNT COPRODUCTIE / COPRODUCTION Théâtre De Liège, Perpodium MET DE STEUN VAN / AVEC LE SOUTIEN DE / WITH THE SUPPORT OF Tax Shelter van de Belgische Federale Overheid

Extra

29.01.2020 - Introduction by Gerardo Salinas at 19:10

31.01.2020 - Aftertalk with Junior Mthombeni 

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