Poetry Seen: Serurubele Showcase by Katleho Kano Shoro

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Serurubele written and performed by Katleho Kano Shoro and directed by Nondimiso Msimanga,
is set to showcase on Saturday 15 September 2018 at Emakhaya Theatre, University Corner 19th
Floor, Braamfontein, Johannesburg.

I want to celebrate the One Year Anniversary since the launch of #Serurubele and everyone who
has been part of its journey. The staging allows for Serurubele to exist in a different form, as live
performance in a more holistic way, since in thinking about resonance, I know that not everybody
connects with words on a page.” Kano states, she continues to say, “This production is about
growth, commitment, courage and possibilities. I have been feeling like I have come to the point
where I need to stretch myself and embody performance a lot more. I know what I can
do. Serurubele is, therefore, the beginning of exploring what I don’t know I can do within poetry
and performance.”

Serurubele is Katleho Kano Shoro’s first one-woman show – following her debut collection of
poetry. Directed by Nondumiso Lwazi Msimanga, it is a feast of images and sounds to the words of
a black butterfly. The poetry production is deeply grounded in questions of navigating a shifting
African landscape whilst trying to express the work of coming into your own being, in your own
mind and body, an expression of a spirit at the different stages of learning the power of its flight. It
is poetry that softly singes with its questions about belief in ourselves, in our causes, and in our
higher powers. Kano’s words bounce between her Sesotho mother-tongue and the English learned tongue
to bring our Gods into sharp perspective. All the while, celebrating the freedom to ask
Katleho Kano Shoro is a Johannesburg-based performance poet, academic, and author. She has
performed in South Africa, Zimbabwe, London, and Chicago. Kano holds a Master’s degree in
Social Anthropology (UCT), and occasionally guest lectures with a focus on African
Anthropologies, language and culture as well as exploring the relationships between history,
ethnography and literature. She continues to participate and facilitate in literary festivals and events
around the world.
Nondumiso Lwazi Msimanga is formerly a lecturer at the Wits School of Arts. Currently, she is an
Institute of the Creative Arts (ICA) writing fellow. Msimanga works as a freelance arts journalist.
She is a theatre-maker, director, and performance artist.. Her production Barbed Wire Wallpaper
won a Standard Bank Silver Ovation Award at the 2015 National Arts Festival in Grahamstown. In
2016 she co-coordinated the 16 Days of Activism event, SA’s Dirty Laundry, in partnership with
artist Jenny Nijenhuis and SoMa Art + Space.
Tickets are available at R100 each, with a discount of R50 for students and those with copies of

For bookings email: [email protected]

For more information email
[email protected], or call 0813808919.


@Kano_Serurubele on Twitter,
@kat_kano on Instagram,

and Katleho Shoro on Facebook for instant updates.

Media Enquiries:
Vus’umuzi Phakathi
081 380 8919
[email protected]

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