As Young adults, we often do not have the vocabulary to say what we need to say to our parents, guardians and sometimes the community at large. We grow up in homes where those who raise us, were deprived of the opportunity to learn how to communicate with their children. Thus causing a certain level of detachment. This detachment is something we grow up with, causing us, to hold back and not speak when we need to. A cycle of delayed healing and things we don't have the capacity to deal with, is then generated.
A PLACE OF KNOWING seeks to acknowledge the contemporary voices and stories of young people living in South Africa. Five performers transform their personal accounts into a series of images, songs & monologues where they unpack and explore the complexities of the relationships we have with our parents as young people and how those relationships affect us or shape our lives.
The five stories came from an exercise on the idea of memory and personal archive in relation to the past, present and future and from that the following themes emerged: The absence of a parent, mental health, poverty, spirituality as well as the intricacies of parent-child relationships.
The work presents itself through the usage of indigenous games, physical storytelling, narration and Amagwijo/ Traditional African song not only as aesthetics for performance but also as reminder of the history of African storytelling, its relevance and importance in the modern day South Africa and the world at large. Through its minimalistic approach the work makes the relationship between the actor, the audience and the story to be more vivid therefore accessible and honest.