Stof Rooi, directed by Theatre Arts Admin Collective Emerging Theatre Directors Bursary winner for 2016 and Fleur du Cap nominee Jason Jacobs is a solo show performed by Dustin Beck.
Imbued with intricate foot work and the magic of dust, Stof Rooi explores a boy running – from his name and from his bloodline, towards a future filled with more promise and hope and meaning. Made possible by Theatre Arts Admin Collective, the production debuted at The Obs Family Festival earlier this year followed by a successful run at the KKNK Uitkampteater.
Edgy and sophisticated with the growing KleiSand aesthetic of the Northern Cape space/time continuum, Jacobs and Beck have tapped into the haunting dreamscape between the world of the ancestors and present day reality.
The sound and movement speak to the dream space of the ancestors in a language and vocabulary that the boy does not understand, yet is rooted in his body. The world of the real is the language of school systems and gang initiations. Both worlds are fighting to occupy his body and the boy’s fight is against both and to prove himself beyond a culture and heritage that seems to him to have no future.
Originally performed at the Obs Family Festival, it was remarkable to watch high school learners from the Cape Flats engage with the performance and really physically understand a struggle that is at times poetic and ethereal and tinged with sadness.
Stof Rooi will run at the Cape Town Fringe from 29 September until 3 October. It invites schools, learners, teachers and parents to have a conversation about masculinity and expectations that many young men in South Africa find difficult to discuss.
Tickets are on sale for R60. Stof Rooi is suitable for young people 13+ and accessible to all.
Tickets can be booked here:capetownfringe.co.za/events/stof-rooi
About KleiSand Teater
KleiSand Teater aspires to invest a positive thinking in our youth and wider society through inventive and cutting-edge theatre and dance making. The emerging theatre company is resident at Theatre Arts Admin collective in Observatory and has produced numerous works over the last two years which include Kalahari Swaan (Artscape New Voices programme), In Wag Van (under the TAAC Emerging Theatre Directors Bursary 2016) and Karretjie Gebed. A company for young people and led by young people that believe that a shared focus of stories and ideas enable a rediscovery of self. To invite. To involve. To heal.
About director, Jason Jacobs
Jason Jacobs is a Fleur du Cap nominated director and 2016 recipient of the Theatre Arts Admin Collective Emerging Theatre Directors Bursary. He is a theatre-maker, playwright and mentor for the ASSITEJ SA Theatre4Youth Western Cape Mentorship programme. Jacobs formed part of Magnet Theatre Early Years Company and co-created work for children aged 0-7 years with great success in 2015. Highly skilled in acting, dance and physical theatre, he co-founded KleiSand Theatre investing a positive thinking in the youth of South Africa through inventive and cutting-edge theatre and dance making. Jacobs lectured Drama in Education at various institutions and facilitates drama, dance and creative writing workshops for non-profit organisations.
Issued by The Famous Idea on behalf of Theatre Arts Admin Collective