‘1789’ at Sibikwa Arts Centre

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A Theatrical Masterpiece Celebrating Liberty, Equality, and Fraternity.

Experience the Revolutionary Power of “1789″

Join us at Sibikwa Arts Centre from 11 – 23 July for an extraordinary journey into the heart of revolution. Immerse yourself in “1789,” the world-renowned play originally brought to life by Ariane Mnouchkine and Théâtre du Soleil. Witness the gripping tale of resilience and rebellion as we transport you to the tumultuous streets of Paris during the French Revolution.

Captivating Performances, Unforgettable Storytelling

Prepare to be captivated by the breathtaking performances and powerful storytelling of “1789” Co-directed by veteran directors (and founders of the Sibikwa Arts Centre) Phyllis Klotz and Smal Ndaba, this theatrical masterpiece, supported by the French Institute of South Africa (IFAS), the French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs, the French Institute in Paris, and the City of Paris, promises to leave audiences spellbound. 

This is not a South African adaptation of a French play”, says co-director Phyllis Klotz. “We’ve chosen to allow the themes of the piece to speak for themselves while staying true to the original work of commentary and satire developed by Ariane Mnouchkine and the Théâtre du Soleil all those years ago. We have no doubt that the audience will feel the echoes of resonance ripple in another revolution.”

Klotz and Ndaba bring their artistic vision and expertise to faithfully represent the original work’s themes of commentary and satire developed by Ariane Mnouchkine and Théâtre du Soleil, creating a truly immersive promenade theatre experience*.

* Promenade theatre is a unique form of theatrical performance where the audience actively participates in the performance by exploring the space rather than being confined to their seats”.

An Ensemble of Talent

“1789” brings together an extraordinary ensemble cast and crew. Renowned opera stars Lehlongonolo ‘Bapi’ Musa and Bongiwe Musa lead the musical direction, while award-winning theatre practitioner Toni Morkel serves as the production’s movement coach. Designer Wilhelm Disbergen recreates the vibrant streets and people of Paris in 1789, enveloping the audience in the rich atmosphere of the era.

A Fusion of Music, Physicality, and Creativity

Prepare to be moved by the mesmerising fusion of music, physicality, and storytelling in “1789.” The talented cast, including Joel Zuma, Mlindeli Zondi, Nomsa Mbatha, Khanyisile Ngwabe, Siphiwe Nkabinde, Snenhlanhla Mgeyi, Masiza Mbali, and Zevangeli Mamppofu promises to deliver unforgettable performances that will stir your emotions and leave you in awe.

An Unforgettable Collaboration

Witness the coming together of Théâtre du Soleil and South African theatre as the Sibikwa Inclusive Creative Arts Programme students join the cast in chorus. Through a two-week workshop facilitated by Théâtre du Soleil, these talented individuals will learn from the avant-garde stage ensemble and contribute their unique creativity to this groundbreaking collaboration.

Book Your Tickets Now

Don’t miss your chance to be part of this historic theatrical event. Join us at Sibikwa Arts Centre and embark on a journey that explores the timeless struggle for freedom and equality. Book your tickets now for this limited season from July 11th to July 23rd and be prepared to question the power of democracy. This is an unforgettable experience you won’t want to miss!

Vive la révolution!