Circus Mother Africa - New Stories From Khayelitsha 2020

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Circus Mother Africa: New Stories from Khayelitsha 2020

The exceptional African talents of Circus Mother Africa (de-)lead their audience into one of the biggest townships in South Africa: "Khayelitsha". The aim is to show the cultural diversity of Africa and to give visitors an understanding of the African way of life.

Circus Mother Africa: New Stories from Khayelitsha 2020

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Circus Mother Africa: New Stories from Khayelitsha 2020

The township show by Winston Ruddle and Hubert Schober (among others "Africa! Africa!") has inspired over 200,000 people from London to Paris, from Helsinki to New York since 2014. From 26 December 2019 to 16 February 2020, the most successful production of "Circus Mother Africa" on its European tour will also be a guest in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. With spectacular acrobatics, powerful music and passionate dances the exclusively African artists provide 100% joy of life.

Fifteen years ago Winston Ruddle (from Zimbabwe, Africa) and Hubert Schober (from Weiden, Germany) founded the "Circus Mother Africa". Since then the two have been producing spectacular theme shows and organising worldwide tours with exclusively African artists - and have been successful from Australia to Europe and the USA. Already in 2003 Ruddle supported André Heller in his search for artists for the show "Afrika! Afrika! and founded his own circus school in Tanzania. In 2018 and 2019 Schober and Ruddle belonged together with director Ulrich Thon to the creative team of the new "Afrika! Africa! tour. Already in 2014 the trio created the successful show "Khayelisha - my home".

"Khayelitsha" (translated as "our new home") is the name of one of South Africa's largest townships, located about thirty kilometres from Cape Town. It is estimated that about two million people of different origins and religions live here in a very small area. The "New Stories from Khayelitsha 2020" show a - admittedly very unusual - day in the township in the extraordinary stage setting of small huts and stalls made of corrugated iron, wood or cardboard between street vendors and jugglers.

It is Sunday morning in Khayelitsha - people dress up for a walk to church or a meeting with friends. The inhabitants hurry to the hairdresser, the tailor or the local market stall. Young men vie with breathtaking tricks for the favour of the women - and the women in turn show the men what they are made of. To the sounds of the original African band they sing, dance, laugh and also think about South African history.

"Mother Africa" is more than just a circus show. As the only African circus production, the project has been offering artists from the "black continent" the opportunity to present themselves on an international level for fifteen years. So far, the production has opened the doors to a worldwide career for well over one hundred talents. Mother Africa"'s spectacular themed shows are like a journey through the continent, where everything revolves around great entertainment, rhythm and artistic excellence - but also about showing Africa's cultural diversity and giving visitors a taste of African life.

Artists/Collaborators: Mother Africa - Circus der Sinne

Runtime: Fri, 27/12/2019 to Mon, 27/01/2020

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