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FREEBIRDS (article first published : 2002-06-28)

A collaboration between the Dutch based theatre compagny Het Waterhuis and KZNís Eager Artists is being rehearsed in The North Western Province. The outdoor musical production of Freebirds will emphasis HIV awarness amongst South Africa youth.

The production involves a number of actors, dancers, vdj's, tutors and musicians from South Africa (Eager Artists from Durban and Pretoria Technikon and Het Waterhuis from Rotterdam and Theaterschook HKA from Amsterdam) and The Netherlands.

Artistic leader Roel Twijnstra's concept of Freebirds was conceptualised with the Durban director and composer Jerry Pooe and Kees van Loenen from Amsterdam who wrote the text. Freebirds is a hymn to life, to love and to mourning.

The production will run at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown before returning to Durban for three performances at the Curries Fountain Stadium from July 5 to 7 at 19h30. It then moves to Groblesdal, township Elandsdoorn from July 10 to 13.

After this season, Jerry Pooe and Eager Artists will run Freebirds for a year in KZN with the assistance of the Dutch NDG NOVIB. In 2003 the combined cast will prsent Freebirds in The Netherlands with shows in Rotterdam and Amsterdam.

Het Waterhuis has worked all over the world with productions like The Aboke Girls (the abducted child soldiers of Uganda). In 1998 and 2000, it presented Scheppingskabaal at the Klein Karoo Fees in Oudsthoorn and in Alexandra, Johannesburg respectively. They also performed the play The Jug with actors and musicians from The Netherlands and Northern Morocco.

This International exchange program is made possible by The Dutch Government (Ministery of Foreign Affairs HGIS), The Royal Dutch Embassy in Pretoria, The Department of Arts Science and Technology (South Africa), Grahamstown Festival, NOVIB and City of Rotterdam and Durban.

Choreography is by Jolanda Spoel and Ruben Solognier and the VDJ is Geert Mul. The cast includes Xolani Henema, Vuyani Shagase, Mnantha Vika, Sizwe Sithole, Samora Bergtop, Natalie Edwardes, Marleen van der Wolde, Myrddin Baars, Thabo Monareng, Zandile Vanqa, Refilwe Madumo, Gert Wolmarans, Javier Lopez Pinon and Janine Lewis.

More details from Pim Broere Productions on 011-788 4690 or e-mail: pbroere@global.co.za




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