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The SISONKE Art & Design Events at the Strandbar Herrmann are created by designers and artists from Austria, Slovakia and South Africa. Within the frame of the Festival Donaukanaltreiben.

'7 COLOURS' -SISONKE CROSS CONTINENTAL DESIGN CATWALK / 05.06.2010, 20:30

A Design Performance for togetherness between the continents and for poverty alleviation - an interdisciplinary stage production between Austria, South Africa and Slovakia, assembling jewellery and fashion design, contemporary dance, live-music, poetry and video. The 7 COLOURS Performance presents jewellery and fashion design of Imfundiso, the Academy of Fine Arts and Design Bratislava and of designers from Austria, Slovakia and South Africa in the seven colours of the South African everyday life story “Seven Colours of Sunday”.

SISONKE BY URBANNOMADMIXES JAMMING POETICS / 06.06.2010, 20:00
an evening of “colourfields in togetherness”

Poets from Vienna and South Africa will collage their own works with dancers, musicians and videofilm artists to manifest the diverse ways varied cultures weld colourfields into a matter of human evolution.
Performance artists:
Camilo C. Antonio, Gregor Buchhaus, Georg Graf, Hoda Mohajerani, Katlego Mphago, Kgomotso Mphago, Stefan Mey, Richard Nagy, Tsietsi Nkoe, Franz Karl Prüller, Lesego Rampolokeng, Mayumi Sahara, Alina Serban and Tuareg.

7 COLOURS
SISONKE CROSS CONTINENTAL DESIGN CATWALK

A 'Design-Opera' for togetherness between the continents and for poverty alleviation - an interdisciplinary stage production between Austria, South Africa and Slovakia in the seven colours of the South African everyday life story 'Seven Colours of Sunday'.

“7 colours” is an image derived from everyday life culture in South Africa which is applied as a motive for SISONKE's recurrent theme of togetherness. Stories of everyday life lead to a better understanding of how people think, feel and express themselves in different cultures. “7 colours” is based on the “Seven Colours of Sunday”, when the family traditionally comes together after the hardships of the week for a common meal assembling seven dishes on the plate. The colours relate to these dishes, which are black (dried Mopane), yellow (potatoe/squash), orange (pumpkin), red (tomato/beetroot), brown (meat), white (rice) and green (spinach).

The prominent South African writer, playwright and provocative performance poet Lesego Rampolokeng, widely known to a South African and also international audience, has been capturing the story of the “Seven Colours of Sunday” in in both a written and filmic representation. The film will be screened at the beginning of the performance introducing the story and will further accompany the action on the scene.

The catwalk consists of 7 scenic images flowing into each other in smooth transitions, each scene being a 'danced tableau' held in one of the seven colours presenting 80 ensembles of jewellery and fashion. The scenario is marked by a vivid fusion of dance and live-music carried by the performers from South Africa, Austria and Slovakia. The finale is a lively scene in all colours, after which the stage will be transformed into a long table assembling actors, designers, artists and guests to a mutual meal of South African dishes in the seven colours.

Lesego Rampolokeng : THE SEVEN/7 COLOURS OF SUNDAY

(from the cities scattered about, as sores on the diseased body of the land...the mining compounds, the reserves of labour that shackle humanity to a daily beast-of-burden existence, with Sunday a deserved attempt at getting back to the feel for home, the commune...a grasping at togetherness, inching towards the shared space of the family the working week splashes all about...
the food that is life...& all its glories, beauties, riches has to be equal to it...a balm against the soul-harm societal ills visit... )
Out of hunger, squalor, deprivation...the light
The brightness of life. the glitter...
from the gloom...of factories, shop-floors (& labour holidays then, the mines),
institutions of servitude, of mind-wash & body-smash...
& the clutter of machinery...to the harmony, peace, quiet
Of the lunch-table...at one with nature & the wonders resident in it...
As the dove feeds its young & the honey rests with what the bee has stung.
& what exists between the graze & the dung.
so too the love is sprung...around the Sunday tastes.
Sumptuous, yummy, crunchy munchies cover the spectrum of our human experience.
The wealth of our world shrunken to what fits between the fingers & can be bitten down upon.
Sundays...when all comes to a rest....the ingathering of the clan...the commune...the collective.
Families of whatever bonding gather...religiously (whether in the name of whatever deity
or as togetherness-spirit, harnessing energies tossed all about weekdays.
Negativities get thrashed, squashed, cut up & diced as meat & vegetables are.
Beyond life & work-blues... the Joy of existence
Here then the spirit sings...unhinged from day-to-day struggles
We pull in together, to dig in... The colours stand for the splendour of the land,
plenty...the emotions gathered together...the energies reined in...calling up of the powers,
sighting of the might in the entwined destinies of all... )
The meal is served...colourful as a rainbow on a plate...
Communion, celebration of what the earth serves up for us...
Plant, tree, bird & beast conspire to provide a feast.
The yield of the fields feeds unity...the bonds that tie us (the family that eats together)
Spanning generations, gender, life-outlook...it's a melting of differences
& the binding together in cohesion.
In the week the sustenance is scraps, bits of food, pieces of nourishment
Sundays calls up all that is lacking...& wellness abounds...oiled with the attendant saps
& juice that vegetation & animal husbandry provides...
Later, fortified against the harshness looming with the setting sun...
the descent into the realities of things. parting...& the work ethos beckons.
& all move, out of the hum of that peace...into the noise, the discordance, the dread cadences
of another reckoning....of belly-swell & growl...into the clutches of the monster of service
in the street, the school, the work-camp...until the next sunday.

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