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PAIN IN A SECOND (article first published : 2008-06-15)

Durban choreographer Eric Shabalala has created an innovative new piece titled Pain in a Second for his Mabhongi Productions which will be touring schools in KwaZulu-Natal.

Pain in a Second is the latest production staged to educate learners about the abuse women experience each and every second in the hands of the trusted friend, neighbour, relative, love partner, husband, the teacher and from the well respected Priest,” says Eric Shabalala.

Created on and for the Durban contemporary dance company, Mabhongi Productions, the new piece is a work about women who have experienced all types of abuse as well as those women who lost their lives through abuse from those they trusted.

Pain in a Second is a pure contemporary piece and will be performed for the first time on this schools tour. The show lasts an hour and 20 minutes. Interspersed with the dancing are images of domestic violence.

“The theme talks to me,” says Eric Shabalala. “Pains, sorrows and stress - which we come across in everyday life - stay with us. The problems like relationships breaking up and violence in our homes begin to live in our heads and they won’t go away – it affects our sleep, body and appetite.”

In October 2007 Shabalala created a piece for Siwela Sonke entitled The Family and I at the Playhouse and also created Twisted Bones in May this year. He has produced many productions such as Natives to be, Love Dangerous Zone, Facade, Together We Do and Lalela Baphansi.

Mabhongi Productions was established in 2006 and works from Stable Theatre-Studio R4 in Alice Street, Durban. The company is involved in a series of community development projects at Kwa-Mashu, Umlazi, Clermont, Ndengezi, Kwa-Makhutha, Lamontville, Inanda, Waterloo and Ndwedwe.

Schools performances of Pain in a Second are open for bookings until the end of August 2008. To book, call Eric Shabalala on 072 482 8977 or Mbuyiseni Mlaba on 072 182 2246. Public performances also open for bookings.




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