Invitation from the Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation. 5 August 2015.
SPECIAL WOMEN’S DAY PERFORMANCES OF MAURITIAN MUSICAL IN CAPE TOWN
A Modern take on the ancient story of MaryMagdalene reflects global social issues today
The Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation, in collaboration with the Cape Peninsula University of Technology, will present two free performances of the inspirational musical drama, MIARAKA – A TIME TO DANCE, on Sunday 9 August at the university’s Bellville campus.
Miaraka – a Malagasy word meaning, ‘together’ – tells the timeless story of Mary Magdalene, with a modern twist, transcending geographic and cultural boundaries to provide hope for marginalised, exploited and oppressed women across the world.
Written by an Episcopal priest, the production was first performed in Mauritius last year before traveling to the United States.
The performance is made possible by the Giving Children A Chance for Life programme of the Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation, in partnership with Vrije University in The Netherlands. Giving Children A Chance for Life unites medical knowledge and religious networks to enhance treatment adherence for children living with HIV and AIDS. It is sponsored by Postkode Lottery.
“The performance is inspirational, and the messages about gender-based violence and human trafficking are as relevant today as they were 2000 years ago,” said the Reverend Canon Mpho Tutu, Executive Director of the Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation.
“Gender based violence is one of the drivers of the AIDS crisis and it is essential to address this issue.
“We’d love as many Capetonians as possible to join us, and to bring along the ‘next generation’ of women and men in their families to help spread the message,” the Reverend Canon Tutu said.
There will be two performances on Sunday, at 11am and 3pm. Because space is limited members of the public are requested to contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 021 552 7524 to ensure seating.
On arrival, guests will be welcomed by the Ikamva Marimba Band, and have the opportunity to interact with a variety of stall holders including Medispa – which will be offering free Ubuntu touch massages – and Giving Children A Chance For Life.
Distributed for the Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation by Oryx Media.