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DIRECTED BY: Jeremeo Le Cordeur 

WRITTEN AND PERFORMED BY: Chenal Kock

WITH CHOREOGRAPHY BY: Alfonzo Freemantle & Yaseen Manuel 

GENRE: Physical Theatre/Spoken word

AGE: PG 10

LANGUAGE: The production is presented in both English and Afrikaans

Mama is a character-piece, showcased through poetry and physical theatre. The character communicates through body language accompanied by musical performance poetry and spoken word by the “mixed but not fixed” creative artist: Chenal Kock, who portrays the character as a vessel to confront reality.

 

The story is told through 7 chapters that focus on life emerging themes; rebirth, identity, cultural, self -discovery, language, freedom and, the state of being, all of which is explored with the use of the Afrikaaps dialect. Mama was initially created by Kock while she was a student at Stellenbosch University and further explored during her residency at The Forgotten Angle Theatre Collaborative based in Limpopo. It was adapted for the stage after collaborating with Le Cordeur during their arts-residency representing The Artscape Theatre Centre and South-Africa at Brouhaha International in the UK.

 

The work was first staged as a 5min performance at unity theatre in collaboration with Brouhaha International and developed it further for a 30min showcase at the first-ever US Woordfees Fringe program in Stellenbosch. Thereafter, we presenting the full production at Artscape Theatre in Cape Town CBD. 

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THE TEAM

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Chenal is a “Mixed but Not fixed Creative Artist” from Beacon Valley, Mitchell’s Plain. She holds a BA in dramatic arts and theatre studies and an honours degree in applied theatre studies from the University of Stellenbosch. 

 

She previously worked as a mentor for Rachel’s Angels (Media 24) and is an applied theatre facilitator for both Sp(i)eel and The Blaqpearl Foundation. 

Performer/Poet

CHENAL KOCK

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Jeremeo is a creative soul, born and bred in Wellington, Western Cape. 

 

He is a young actor, director, writer, and arts-photographer who graduated from City Varsity – School of Media and Creative Arts with an unstoppable drive and unfaltering commitment to his craft. He created Vulture Productions, which he uses as a vehicle to support and create South African theatre works.

Director/Producer

JEREMEO LE CORDEUR

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Alfonzo is an actor, dancer and singer with experience in live performance and musical theatre.

 

He completed his studies at Northlink College in Tygerberg and continued to focus on my dance and choreography when he received a scholarship at The Cape Academy of Performing Arts for 3 years from 2011-2013. He is Currently the owner and artistic director of Freemantle Dance Company. 

Choreographer

ALFONZO FREEMANTLE

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Yaseen is a dancer and choreographer who has been dancing since the age of 18.

 

He aspires to tell stories through movement. As a freelancer, he developed his style of movement and explored in the essence of Afro-fusion. Since then, he joined Jazzart Dance Theatre and trained in African Contemporary, Ballet, Gumboot dance, Tap, Pantsula, Rhythmical dance and Music.

Choreographer

YASEEN MANUEL

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