Performances begin March 8 at St. Ann’s Warehouse in Brooklyn for the American premiere of The Fall from South Africa’s Baxter Theatre Center. Devised collaboratively by a group of University of Cape Town graduates, the show re-enacts their real-life protest to topple a statue of 19th century colonialist Cecil Rhodes that was on campus.
The production draws on South African music, dance, and many of the country’s 11 languages. The actor-activists who helped create and perform The Fall, commissioned by the Baxter Theatre Centre, were all involved, in various capacities, in #RhodesMustFall protest, which began in March 2015.
The cast/writers, including Ameera Conrad, Oarabile Ditsele, Zandile Madliwa, Tankiso Mamabolo, Sizwesandile Mnisi, Sihle Mnqwazana, and Cleo Raatus, as well as writer Kgomotso Khunoane, penned poetry and diary entries, and collaboratively wrote songs, choreographed dances, and created their characters. The cast and creators worked with Clare Stopford as director. Conrad serves as curator of The Fall with Thando Mangcu.
Performances of The Fall will continue at St. Ann’s through March 25.
Song, dance, text, and video for the performance were all created by the ensemble, with set design by Patrick Curtis, costume design by Marisa Steenkamp, and lighting design by Luyanda Somkhence. The Fall is executive-produced by Lara Foot.
Tickets start at $25, and can be purchased at StannsWarehouse.org, (718) 254-8779 and (866) 811-4111.