The Market Theatre will give its audiences an early festive season gift when it opens with When Dori(s) Takes Her Place for short season from Thursday 7 – Sunday 10 December 2017. The 2016 Sophie Mgcina Emerging Voice Award recipient, Sonia Radebe, will direct and choreograph this deeply personal piece about the role of women in family structures, communities and national influence. Sonia Radebe is also the 2017 Standard Bank Young Artist for Dance.
In When Dori(s) Takes Her Place, Sonia Radebe joins forces with the 2014 Sophie Mgcina Emerging Voice Award recipient and multi award winning dancer, Lulu Mlangeni. These two leading women in dance will come together and perform for the first time at the Mannie Manim Theatre as a duo production joining a list of past winners who have premiered their productions at the Market Theatre under the banner of the Sophie Mgcina Emerging Voice award.
Sonia and Lulu will debut a unique staging of a personal piece that combines traditional and contemporary moves. The piece will carry precision and thrills that is characteristic of both their artistic signatures and styles. Thando Lobese will create the costumes and Mandla Mtshali will enhance the production with lighting. The show will feature original music created by Nhlanhla Mahlangu and Waldo Luc Alexander
The Sophie Mgcina Emerging Voice Award is named in honour of the illustrious South African actress and teacher, Sophie Mgcina. During her celebrated career, she made a lasting impression in 1980 when she performed in the premiere of The Long Journey of Poppie Nongena, the play adapted from Elsa Joubert’s famed book Die Swerfjare van Poppie Nongena. Not only did she play two leading roles, but she also composed and directed the music for the production. The production toured to New York that same year and then again at the Edinburgh Festival in 1983, followed by a world tour in 1984. In New York, Mgcina was given an Obie Award for best achievement, and was nominated for the Laurence Olivier Award for best supporting actress.
The sustained excellence of Sophie Mgcina’ s extensive and versatile body of work and illustrious career in South Africa and internationally earned her the reputation of being a doyenne of South Africa ‘s performing arts. It is fitting that the Market Theatre Foundation’s Sophie Mgcina Emerging Voice Award also honours emerging South African artist who passionately also writing their own names in lights.
For bookings for When Dori(s) Takes Her Place please contact Anthony Ezeoke 011 832 1641ext 203 or Yusrah Bardien 011 832 1641 ext 204 / www.webtickets.com / Money Market Pick n Pay.