On the inspirational power of exceptional people, in the wake of Winnie Mandela.
When do you rebel? When do you sacrifice your personality for the bigger picture? KVS-members Junior Mthombeni, Fikry El Azzouzi and Cesar Janssens connect the stories of nine actresses, singers and performers from the African diaspora with that of Winnie Mandela. In this way, small human stories come together with a larger historical narrative. A production with a lot of music filled with power, hope and fire.
During the battle against apartheid, ANC-member Maurice Mthombeni (father of director Junior Mthombeni) wrote to Winnie Mandela. The letter was intercepted and placed in the national newspaper by the South African pro-apartheid-government to create division within the ANC. Maurice Mthombeni then escaped to Europe to continue the battle there.
For director Junior Mthombeni, the son of an ANC-warrior, Winnie Mandela has always been a symbol for the progressive forces within South Africa, a country divided by apartheid. In modern times, where people seem to understand each other less and less, and the grey area between right and wrong is increasingly shrinking, he believes the time is right to show Winnie Mandela as a source of inspiration. The production isn’t just about Winnie, who, despite humiliation, abuse, mistakes, and exile, continued to resist apartheid with determination. Dear Winnie focuses on the people who are currently undergoing their own battle. Where do they find their sources of strength?
After the celebrated productions Rumble in da jungle, Reizen Jihad and Malcolm X, the story of Winnie Mandela is a logical continuation for Junior Mthombeni, Fikry El Azzouzi and Cesar Janssens. With Dear Winnie, they wish to sow the seeds of inspiration and hope with the audience. Be immersed in this inspiring story through a dazzling, music-filled production.
Language no Problem
This performance is multilingual with Dutch and English surtitles in every venue. So language is not a problem.
This performance is a co-production with the KVS (Brussels) and collective Jr.cE.sA.r.
Directed by: Junior Mthombeni
Written by: Fikry El Azzouzi
Music by: Cesar Janssens
Cast: Among others Tutu Puoane, Jade Wheeler, Gloria Boateng, Mahina, Alesandra Seutin, Ntjam Rosie