NO ONE WANTS A BLACK WOMAN WITH A MOUTH is directed by Zethu Dlomo and choreographed in collaboration with Lerato Matolodi. It is a one day only performance of two shows.
Date: Friday 30th July
Time: 3pm AND 7pm
Venue: Market Theater Laboratory
The title is both a statement and a fact, is resistance and acknowledgement that the world seem to think Black woman look more beautiful screaming.
This multi-disciplinary performance piece by BLACKGIRLPLOTTING places the black woman’s body and voice as both subject and author of her own stories. Performed by Vuyelwa Maluleke and Andiswa Mpinda, who make up the collective BLACKGIRLPLOTTING, this retelling uses physical theatre, spoken word, monologues, multimedia, and music (created only by black women) to curate the moments lived by the black girl and woman for the audience.
For 45 minutes they do not allow you to forget that they have many languages for the pain and joy of being alive and woman and Black. And because you cannot take your eyes away or your ears off, you are witness and participant, you are the violence and the violated.
The performers have written this piece ‘ To mouths whose words are too tired’, from the woman who is ‘opening her mouth’ because ‘she wants to tell me something’. The women in this piece speak through the cracks in silence, they return as children, as their grandmothers, as observer and participants to retell the violence in silencing, to speak to their fathers and mothers, to retell the quiet and plenty deaths experienced, about this they say:
‘There is a dead girl
who does not know that she is dead
She cannot kick herself out her grave
She cannot love from inside her grave
Her skin is the grave
The grave is the
size of her mothers mouth
Is the size of silence’
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