Shared History 2014 @Arts_Alive: A Festival of Indian Music, Dance and Theatre  

A Festival of Music, Dance and Theatre  

Teamwork Arts and the High Commission of India are proud to once again present Shared History – The Indian Experience in South Africa, 2014. This festival is a showcase of Indian contemporary and classical music, dance, theatre and food that offers South Africans a flavour of the magic and allure of India, while providing an avenue for cultural and ideological exchange between the two countries.

The festival, now in its eighth year, is a firm favourite at the annual Johannesburg Arts Alive International Festival and will take place from 1 – 14 September 2014 in Johannesburg at the Zoo Lake, the Auto & General Theatre on the Square, and the Mandela, Joburg Theatre and in Durban at The Playhouse Theatre.

Showcasing the finest and most exceptional that Indian culture and cuisine has to offer, the festival will feature Music: Vidya Shah with Women on Record; Theatre: 9 Parts of Desire, an internationally acclaimed award-winning one-woman drama, and a Cracking Comedy Show featuring Jailoshini Naidoo and her hysterical alter-ego Aunty Rumba and the Food Festival which will present the cuisine of Kerala.

Women on Record featuring Vidya Shah is a celebration of women performers in early 20th Century India. The performance re – creates the gramophone era of the Divas of that time, through songs videos and stories. Despite their significant contributions to Indian culture most of these women have been forgotten in public memory. Women on Record, a multi-media show, with music, anecdotes and videos with archival images and music, can be seen at the Jazz on the Lake on Sunday, August 31 and will have two performances at the Auto & General Theatre on the Square on September 2 and 3. It then moves to Durban with a performance on September 6 at the Loft at the Playhouse.

For theatre-lovers, a performance of the internationally acclaimed one-woman hit, 9 Parts of Desire, can be seen at the Auto & General Theatre on the Square, Johannesburg on September 5 and 6 and in Durban at The Loft, the Playhouse on September 3 and 4.

Starring Ira Dubey and directed by Lillete Dubey, 9 Parts of Desire details the lives of nine Iraqi women that span the decades between the first and second Gulf wars and the Occupation. A sexy painter, a radical Communist, a doctor, an exile, wives, mothers, and lovers…the play delves into the many conflicting aspects of what it means to be a woman in a country overshadowed by war. A uniquely intimate experience, the play makes these rich monologues transcend time, space and politics.

And then Shared History’s Cracking Comedy Show – a features the incomparable, award-_winning comedienne and actress Jailoshini Naidoo and her outrageously loveable and incorrigible alter ego, Aunty Rumba. Zany and side-splittingly funny, Aunty Rumba will have the audiences rolling with laughter with her sharp wit and biting comedy.   Naidoo has created a playful character that everyone loves to love and simply can’t get enough of!

A woman of many talents: an actress, a popular TV and radio personality, a comedienne, an MC, a speech and drama teacher and a marketing executive at an event management firm, Naidoo is perhaps most recognised as a presenter on SABC2’s Eastern Mosaic. A long-time regular at the Playhouse Theatre in Durban, she has received much critical acclaim and multiple nominations for Awards. She received the Durban Theatre Award for Best Lead Actress for her one-woman show 1949.

For the premiere appearance of Aunty Rumba on The Mandela Stage on September 4 at 8pm at The Joburg Theatre, patrons are advised to book early for what is going to be the hottest, if not the spiciest show in town!  The show carries a warning – Patrons be prepared to screech with laughter! Tickets are R100 and bookings for this show are through www.joburgtheatre.com

Aunty Rumba will be in Durban at the Suncoast Cinema on September 5.

The Shared History festival’s Food Festival brings a delectable array of dishes from Kerala. Malabar food is the native food of Kerala, situated along the southwestern border of India. Rice is the staple of the area and of the cuisine and other local ingredients like mutton, beef, chicken and seafood are used to prepare dishes. The Arab influence is prominent in this cuisine and almost all Malabar food uses large quantities of coconut, milder spices, less ghee and oil. Steamed and fried dosas, rice noodles and pancakes, made from rice, are eaten all year round.

A Youth Empowerment Workshop has been included in the line-up focusing on using the Theatre and the Arts to raise awareness on contemporary social issues, as well as using them as tools to bring about positive social change, the Workshop revolves around two concepts: one is a Theatre workshop that has a definite outcome as a street play that can be performed in public spaces, the other is a more internal process, where we look at going deeper with various tools and helping empower young people into becoming more aware, responsible human beings.

The 2014 Shared History Festival’s main sponsors are City of Johannesburg, Arts Alive and National Insurance.

Bookings for Shared History’s Crazy Comedy Show, featuring Jailoshini Naidoo and Aunty Rumba at www.joburgtheatre.com

Bookings for Vidya Shah and 9 Parts of Desire at the Auto & General Theatre on the Square are through Strictly Tickets.
www.strictlytickets.com  or  www.theatreonthesquare.co.za

For further information please visit www.sharedhistory.co.in and www.artsalive.co.za

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