Phefumla / To Breathe
Dance, Visual & Physical Theatre
Phefumla (To Breathe) has been developed through a devised process with four young men from the township areas surrounding Cape Town. All four have been involved or affected by the gang culture that rules the streets. Through glimpses of their childhood, fragments of good and bad memories, we slowly puzzle the pieces of their young lives together.
The performance reveals both fatal choices as well as well-hidden dreams and hopes for the future. The play is built on the individual stories of the young performers. Their personal experiences are transformed into dramatic text, visual and physical imagery and choreographies, built from their own cultural language.
Phefumla had its premiere at the Cradle of Creativity – the Assitej International Theatre Festival 2017 in Cape Town. It was very well received, and cultivated interest from Canada, Belgium and France. The performance builds on Doni’s previous success, Ubuze Bam, a co-production between Theatre Arts Admin Collective & Young in Prison SA.