Who needs a bad future?
“We cannot turn the clock back nor can we undo the harm caused but we have the power to determine the future and to ensure what happened never happens again” – Paul Kagame.
Undo the future is a call to engage in dialogue about subjects that can assist us to understand the roots and seek solution to the problems that affected our past and affecting our present and future. The project came to birth due to racial philosophy which is extremely harmful for the future of Africa. Its mission is to communicate through different art forms about restructuring and maintaining authentic bantu culture. Our first dialogue consists these two following subjects:
1.Dark cell by Themba Mbuli
The mind is the worst prison a man can ever be.
Dark Cell draws its inspiration and metaphors from imagery of ex-political prisoners on Robben Island, this dance work uses the concept of a prison cell as a metaphor for mental imprisonment. While celebrating, and commemorating South African History, the piece is embedded in the past as a mirror of contemporary society and reflection of postcolonial interiorities. Dark Cell encourages mental freedom/wellness, looking beyond all the things that suppress individual’s minds, and reminds that we are responsible for our own self-freedom despite all the social, political and economic challenges. The work uses props to animate dance movements and aspires to take the audience into a journey of self-confrontation/realization.
“Prison is designed to break one’s spirit and destroy one’s resolve. To do this, the authorities attempt to exploit every weakness, demolish every initiative, negate all signs of individuality – all with the idea of stamping out that spark that makes each of us human and each of us who we are.” – Nelson Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom
- Corners of Forgotten Theories by Lerato Lichaba
Corners of Forgotten Theories was inspired by the scarcity of knowledge that defines us as an African people beyond our modern lifestyle. We are increasingly moving away from our identity and cultural dominion and thus not putting into place structures and platforms that complement our traditions and heritage. This conceptualised project is thus a soundscape of musical freedom that aims to channel Africans as spiritual and emotional beings primarily.
“Through this project, I aim to introduce listeners to their inner self, to reconnect them to their roots through observing the silent noise within and spirited self that goes beyond material gain and social acceptance. “ – Lerato Lichaba
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