“20 human skulls of colonial victims who died after an uprising against German colonial rulers more than 100 years ago, were returned back from Germany after a decade since the first genocide of the 20th century took place in Namibia, 1904. They were amongst hundreds who starved to death after being rounded up in camps. They were murdered, beheaded, defaced and yet still exploited after death as their skulls were used by German scientists who took them to perform experiments seeking to prove the racial superiority of white Europeans over black Africans, and later they were used in Germany’s private museum. Eleven of those were people from the Nama ethic and 9 from Herero (FOUR women, fifteen men and a boy).” – source
Themba Mbuli’s SOLD! is a theatrical reincarnation of the four women whose skulls were part of the 20 skulls of Herero/Nama people that were returned to Namibia. These four women embark on a journey to rediscover/uncover unnamed women in African History and in present times; interrogating the state of how women are perceived in Africa today.
A conversation with the skulls of the four women occurs through movement, sound and spoken text exploring metaphors and meanings to re-claim and re-face some of the women who were defaced and buried namelessly in history.
Growing up in Soweto, surrounded by families with absent fathers, Themba Mbuli was one of many young boys who were raised by a grandmother. Looking back, It wasn’t an easy upbringing and but he pulled through because of her. He is conscious that communities are carried by strong and inspirational women like her who often go without being acknowledged or celebrated. By re-imagining and celebrating the lives of the four Herero women, Themba Mbuli will also celebrate his grandmother’s life.”
Director: Themba Mbuli
Choreographer: Themba Mbuli
Featured Artists: Yaseen Manuel, Zamukulungisa Sonjica, Siphenathi Mayekiso, Rae Claassen, Sonia Radebe, Teresa Mojela, Nadine Mckenzie & Koleka Putuma
Age Restriction: 13+
Company: Themba Mbuli
Dramaturge Jacqueline Dommisse
Stage Design Themba Mbuli
Costume Designer Shiba Sopotela
Music Composer Neo Muyanga
Lighting Designer Kabelo Chalatsane