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Investigating The Theatre As A Space Of Knowledge- ‘Rehearsing Mwange/Becker’ On Stage End Of August


The National Theatre will stage Rehearsing Mwange/Becker, a devised performance piece combining mixed media, puppetry and documentary theatre from 29-31 August 2019, at the Backstage Theatre.

The piece is devised and performed by Sepiso Mwange and Mathias Becker with Dramaturgy by Yasmine Salimi. Nelago Shilongoh is the Dramaturgical Advisor for the piece while Karl Ehlers (aka LOFT) and Martin Amushendje will do the Sound and Video Design, respectively.

Mwange and Becker are rehearsing encounters with each other, themselves and the audience, with their histories, their differences and their common point: theatre. Through the piece, they reflect on their own experiences and the formation of knowledge in the theatre space, seeking to learn more about performative practices.

The theatre-makers investigate theatre as a space of knowledge and how it shapes life: by self-reflection, rethinking the theatre space, and by research about performative practices.

Sepiso has performed in theatre productions such as Broken Butterflies and The Girls in their Sunday Dresses. As a director, she has directed Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin In The Sun, Striptease by Slawomir Mrozek and Thirty Nine-Step; which she also wrote and produced. Becker, who co-founded Manufaktor with three fellow students, has been working as a puppeteer, actor and director in different constellations since 2014. He also directed Der Affe von Hartlepool at Junges National Theater Mannheimin the 2017/2018 season.

Rehearsing Mwange/Becker is an NTN premiere co-production with the Goethe- Institut (International Co-Production Fund) and is further funded by the Cultural Office Pankow Berlin and Schaubude Berlin.

The show starts at 19h00 on all evenings. General access tickets are available at Computicket for N$100 while student and senior citizen tickets cost N$80.

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