The Deutsches Theater München presents a production by COFO Entertainment
New Stories from Khayelitsha
Artistry, dance and passion
The exceptional African talents of the Circus Mother Africa take you on a journey to one of South Africa’s biggest townships: Khayelitsha. The show Mother Africa – New Stories from Khayelitsha by Winston Ruddle and Hubert Schober has thrilled 300.000 spectators throughout the world already. A colourful specatcle with breathtaking new acts, vibrant music and passionate dances.
Exuberant zest for life
Khayelitsha (in English „our new homeland“) is a gigantic township in South Africa, about 30 kilometres outside of Cape Town. Around two million people from various backgrounds and religions live here together in the tightest of spaces. In front of an authentic set design with little huts and booths made from corrugated sheets, wood and cardboard, Mother Africa shows a day in the township, between street vendors and travelling artists. A thrilling journey to Africa that‘s all about great entertainment, rhythm and spectacular artistic performances – but also about showing Africa‘s cultural diversity and bringing a bit of African sense of life closer to the audience.
It’s Sunday morning in Khayelitsha. The people are getting ready for church or a meeting with friends. Young men vie for the attention of the women with staggering stunts – and the women themselves show what they can do. To the sounds of an originally African band, they sing, dance and laugh together and commemorate African history.
Gateway to the world
Fifteen years ago, Winston Ruddle (Zimbabwe) and Hubert Schober (Germany) founded the Circus Mother Africa. Since then they have been producing spectacular theme shows with exclusively African artists. Thus, Mother Africa is more than „just“ a circus show. The project offers artists from the „black continent“ the sustainable opportunity to establish themselves on an international level. The circus has opened the gateways to a worldwide career for more than a hundred talents so far.