Following, and ahead of, a tour that has seen this piece performed all over the world for the past 4 years, POPArt is thrilled to host this piece back on our stage for a 2 night only run this January.
Adapted & Directed by: Phala O. Phala
Original Design by: Liesel N. Retief
Cast: Tony Bonani Miyambo
Kafka’s Ape is a solo performance adaptation of Franz Kafka’s ‘A Report To An Academy’ about a primate’s struggle to overcome the confines of captivity. The play engages in an allegorical observation of the South African society through the eyes of other; the ape Red Peter.
Kafka’s Ape present a conflicting point of view in which traditional boundaries, categories, and norms are questioned; in which beauty, harmony, and symmetry are usurped by cruelty, dissonance, and abnormality. It opens up the reality that there exists something outside of and in addition to our “normal,” “typical,” “wholesome” world, and that is “other”. The play thus compels audiences to identify and to meditate on their rejoinder to other(ness)as it highlights the complexities of identity in post-apartheid South Africa and in the human race in general.
“Minimalist décor, subtle music, lights and brilliant acting succeed in enthralling the audience with questions about the human condition, external realities, conformity and freedom. It’s personal, tragic, funny and gooseflesh-inducing.” - Martin Laubscher, Cue Newspaper.
“…the play comprises poignant truisms about identity and the danger of shallowly judging others.” - Robyn Sassen.
“I hazard that Kafka’s Ape is both ‘ours’ and ‘theirs’, a happy middle ground filled with beautiful unhappiness. You can’t but feel like an insider, partly the crisp clear narrative, partly because you’re inside, but detailed energetic genius & superhuman physicality pulled this one off.” - Christopher Steenkamp