Izivuno Zothando

Masambe Theater, Cape Town, South Africa - Mars 2018


The Xhosa poet Anele Kose from Cape Town had written a serie of poems about love as food to be cooked. The poems were to be perform in Xhosa, one of the main language of South Africa with English and Africaan. The Masambe Theater is a performance space under the Baxter Theater that was going to be re-open with this pre-inaugural performance. The young female director Nwabisa Plaatjie is in charge on the space and its programmation. It is together that we planned the Eat Art performance with the poetic declamations.


The poet welcomes the guest outside the theater with a first poem. As the guest walk down the alley to the entrance door, they follow a row of origami baskets with fragments words of a coming poem. They choose one basket and detach from the line. As they enter the theater, the artist greet them at a table and offer them a conjugal dish, Mphokoqo, an intimate porridge normally served between husband and wife in the Xhosa culture. Various toppings accompany it. 

The spectators follow a row of fresh flowers until the entrance of the performance room while eating or avoiding the Mphokoqo porridge. The poet Anele Kose performed his poems before a bemused audience. The audience is once invited for a blind tasting of exotic fruits and how to describe them to the rest of the audience. The people who were present that day were really touched by both performances.

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