Artscape: Cargo

2007-10-15 13:29
What it’s about:

Mzansi’s premier movement theatre companies, Jazzart Dance Theatre and Magnet Theatre, present Cargo, a contemporary dance-drama production recounting tales of the slave trade between 1652 and 1838 at the Cape of Good Hope. The play uses performance and recitation to unearth the archive of slavery. Through song, powerful recitals, and physical movement they explore the pain and abuse slaves experienced at the Cape. Cargo runs at the Artscape Theatre on 13, 18, 19 and 20 October.

What we thought of it:

Slavery played a big role in shaping the Mother City into what it is today, yet we know very little of what it was about. And the little that we know is often distorted. Cargo is a great reenactment of this past that helps fill in the gaps.

The play tells the story of slaves brought in from as far as Mozambique, Angola, India and Madagascar, as well as South African slaves, all of whose cultures and traditions form the heart of Cape Town.

Through a cluster of different events and emotions we are confronted with the horrors of our past. The play also ties in the past with today’s realities, showing that the legacy of slavery is still present – just in different forms. Neo Muyanga’s intensely moody soundtrack and choral singing, as well as recitals, the addition of animal sound effects and percussion, and the beautiful choreography save the play from being a boring History 101 lecture making it an enjoyable and superb production to watch!

Watch Cargo videos now!

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