1-18 September 2011
Artscape, Cape Town
Performances in Cape Town’s townships (organised by Artscape)
Following an acclaimed South African tour of their poignant piece MâRavan in 2009, ThéâtreTaliipot is back to present their new work !Aïa“from cave to sky”.
!Aïa is a San name which means a special state of being. This transversal work between art, culture, science and traditional wisdom celebrates our origins, life, the living, the relationship between human beings and nature. For this project, the company has worked with artists, traditional healers and scientists such as Professor Sam Challis (Archaeologist, Origins Centre, Wits University), Sven Ouzman (Archaeologist, rock engraving specialist, Pretoria University), John Parkington (Archaeologist, Cape Town University), Pippa Skotnes (Archaeologist, Cape Town University) and Jean-Loïc Lequellec (Research director at the CNRS, France, rock art specialist). Their research during the creative process took them to the ravines and heights of Reunion Island, and in South Africa, to the Drakensberg and the Cradle of Humankind in particular, on the trail of the world’s oldest civilisation… the Bushmen. Engraved rocks and rock paintings inspired this work, which stages corporal and primeval memories beyond all exiles, ruptures and denominations.