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IMIBALA THEATRE COMPANY (article first published : 2002-04-19)

The multi-national five-member Imibala Theatre company will present L’ombre Fertile (The Fertile Shadow) for one performance only at the BAT Centre on April 20 at 19h30. This is a production that will enthrall adults and children alike.

Imibala was started in February 2000 by South African-born John Thomo and Carine Challandes, from France. A seasoned comedian, dancer and singer with the Soweto Community Theatre, John has returned to South Africa after completing his studies at the International Theatre School of Jacques Lecoq in Paris. They were later joined by four other students from the school, all sharing the desire to use dramatic art not only as an art form, but as a media and educational tool to explore and transcend every-day experiences; to create a dialogue with the public – adults and children alike – through the prism of theatre.

The Fertile Shadow is a story about Willem, a little grey man who lives in a little grey house with Tembi, his little grey wife, both encased in their little grey life. All this changes the night that the bad Sangoma abducts Tembi having been overcome by her beauty. Willem finds himself thrust into a journey to retrieve her, a journey that also demands him to search for himself.

Leaving his grey world, he travels through the green of the forest, the yellow savannah towards the blue of the water and sky and on to the red glow of the volcano, and the mysteries of passion. It tells of an adventure and shows a path of discovery which also reveals the brightness of our own hidden colours.

The performance has been highly acclaimed in other cities in South Africa, applauding the group’s comedy, imagination and creativity in using multiple techniques.

Parallel to their performances, Imibala conducts workshops for school children, many of whom have never had any contact with the theatre. Here they explore, among other things, the world of nature, discover the elements, improvise, and are also introduced to the rudiments of circus art – juggling and stilt walking.

Entrance R20. More information from Fern at the Alliance Française on 031 312-9582.




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