️ 25 August 2023 (Friday) at 04:00 PM***
***pre-event refreshments and snacks at 03:30 pm
UJ Con Cowan Theatre
(Bunting Road Campus, 31 Bunting Rd, Cottesloe, Johannesburg, 2092)
The performance is organised to celebrate 32 years of Ukrainian Independence and to reflect on how 18 months of full scale military aggression against Ukraine has influenced the African continent. We hope you and your partner can join us.
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“Action does have consequences, so does inaction”
The contemporary dance performance “We Stand for Freedom” is a space for live dialogue between the dancers and audience members on the similarities between the Ukrainian and South African fights for freedom. Via digital technologies, the audience makes choices that shape the outcome of the artistic conversation. The piece also explores the humanitarian crisis and the impact of the war on women and children, and how solidarity can lead to a safer world for all.
24 August 1991, Ukraine regained its Independence. That year 92 % of the population voted for Ukraine to be a sovereign country and to have the right to determine its future. Ukraine is famous for its diverse culture, rich soils, agriculture, aerospace engineering, and innovative IT sector. But…
24 August today also marks eighteen months of Russian full-scale war, where Ukrainian people heroically defend their freedom against a much larger, wealthier, better-armed aggressor.
Freedom is precious and fragile. Freedom is our value – 32 years of Ukrainian Independence and 8 years and 18 months of Ukrainian resistance to military aggression.
The performance “We Stand for Freedom” explores four blocks that address:
The opening night will include a panel discussion following the performance, with participation from civil society representatives, and Janet Jobson (CEO of the Desmond and Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation) and Kateryna Aloshyna (choreographer and president of the Ukrainian Association of South Africa).
‘We Stand for Freedom’ is a joint effort of the Desmond and Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation, the Ukrainian Association of South Africa and Resilient Ukraine.
“As young democracies, both South Africa and Ukraine share and retain a tangible connection to the idea of freedom and justice – ideals which we must never take for granted,” says Janet Jobson, CEO of the Tutu Legacy Foundation. She said, “The Arch reminded us often of the interconnectedness of all humanity – that ultimately our futures are fundamentally tied up in each other. The injustices and atrocities being meted out to the Ukrainian people must be stopped immediately.”
“Art speaks simultaneously to the heads and hearts of every human. In the “We Stand for Freedom” performance, the dialogue is between Ukrainians and South Africans as well as between dancers and the audience. We hope that this dialogue will result in actions that defend human rights and the searching and building for peace,” explained Kateryna Aloshyna, is the intention of the performance.
“Russian invasion is opening up a pandora box where the borders of sovereign countries are once again contested,” says Nataliia Popovych, Chairperson of NGO Resilient Ukraine. “The humanitarian consequences of such aggression are not confined to a dozen million of displaced people or tens of thousands civilian deaths, they affect communities around the world and those most vulnerable suffer first. It is in the interest of South Africans and Ukrainians to fight for democratic principles where people’s lives matter and where justice might become a reality.”
Take a pick at what our show looks like:
When: 25 August 2023 (Friday) at 04:000 pm
(pre-event refreshments and snacks at 03:30 pm)
Where: At the Con Cowan Theatre (Bunting Road Campus, 31 Bunting Rd, Cottesloe, Johannesburg, 2092)
Cecil Etc (Music composer)