The French Embassy in South Africa and the Market Theatre sign a Memorandum of Understanding.
On 2 December 2016, the French Embassy in South Africa and the Market Theatre signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to explore and support cultural collaborations that are of mutual interests.
The MoU has been signed by Mr Frank Marchetti, Head of Cooperation at the French Embassy in South Africa, and by Mr Kwanele Gumbi, Chariperson of the Market Theatre Foundation.
The French Embassy in South Africa aims to develop cooperation between France and South Africa, using arts and culture as a bridge.
The French Institute of South Africa (IFAS) is the cultural arm of the Embassy and as such, is a key player in supporting artistic events in various domains, throughout the year and around the country, ranging from dance, theatre, puppetry to music, gastronomy, design and architecture, art exhibitions, cinema and literature.
Highly demanding in offering quality creations while favoring the exchange of ideas between communities, IFAS strives to introduce French and Francophone artists in South Africa, to promote South African artists on the international artistic scene and to support artistic residencies leading to original creations.
“It is heartwarming that this MOU will be followed by a short season of Robyn Orlin’s work that will be presented at the John Kani in the Market Theatre complex. Robyn has had a long association with the Market Theatre. She has danced on our stages and taught at the Market Theatre Laboratory. Presenting her during our 40th anniversary celebrations is an obvious choice.” so says Ismail Mahomed.
Robyn Orlin’s new work titled In a world full of butterflies, it takes balls to be a caterpillar... some thoughts on falling...’ will be presented at the Market Theatre in association with the French Institute of South Africa on Tuesday 6 December and Wednesday 7 December at 20:00. Robyn Orlin will also conduct a master class at the Market Theatre Laboratory.
Responding to the partnership, Mr Frank Marchetti said, “Since its creation in 1995 in Newtown Junction, just across the Market Theatre actually, the French Institute of South Africa (IFAS) has been a strong supporter of the arts in South Africa. Even though it moved a few years ago to Braamfontein, its links with the Market Theatre have always been strong, promoting artists such as Vincent Mantsoe, Dada Masilo and William Kentridge, who have both performed at the Market Theatre and have strong international careers in France. By bringing artists and productions from France to the South African stages, we also strike conversation and new partnerships between French and South African artists, institutions and audiences. Few institutions have the aura and history of the Market Theatre’s Market Theatre’s four decades of cutting edge, contemporary and authentic performances, and we are proud to partner once again together.”
Source: Market Theatre