PHOTOS FROM Red Earth Revisited, a Dutch/South African collaboration by Saskia Janse

 

Red Earth Revisited is a collaboration of the Netherlands Speeltheater, and Macebo Mavuso of South Africa. Read Saskia Janse’s fascinating article on page 33 of Puppetry International #41.

 photos for Saskia Janse for the article  Red Earth Revisited:  Carla Kogelman

photos for Saskia Janse for the article Red Earth Revisited: Carla Kogelman

The production recreated the legendary story from South Africa, about Nongqawuse, a young Xhosa girl who prophesied that the Xhosa would be rid of their enemies if they killed their cattle and burned their grain.

 photos for Saskia Janse for the article  Red Earth Revisited:  Carla Kogelman

photos for Saskia Janse for the article Red Earth Revisited: Carla Kogelman

A migratory stork is the narrator in this vibrant revisiting of the story to determine if she really was the cause of the disaster that ensued.