Director: Mahlatsi Mokgonyana and Ragni Halle
Company: Theatreduo, Ragni Halle, Livia Hiselius
Devised by: The Company
Sound Design: John Withers
Cast: Billy Langa, Livia Hiselius
What do people feel when they walk on the land they own? What do they feel if they don’t own it? Owning land is not only economic, it can be from a spiritual point of view too.
Redsoil/Brown Soil is an intercontinental and interdisciplinary performance, bringing together theatre makers from Norway, Sweden and South Africa to explore the relationship we have to the land we walk on. It uses physical storytelling and visual theatre to draw on the artists’ different cultural, historic and geographical backgrounds to challenge ideas of space and to explore the complexities and politics of land and the earth.
The piece investigates the devastating impact of colonisation on land, and explores the relationship between Africa and Europe. Land ownership is not only economic, but also spiritual – how does it feel to walk on foreign soil, and what is the difference between those who walk on land they own and the experience of those who are landless?
This project is supported by the Arts and Culture Trust and Kulturrådet, Arts Council Norway