Constellations returns to SpierSpier, in association with Third World Bunfight, will present the second iteration of Constellations, a multi-layered outdoor presentation that will take place from 25 November to 18 December 2021.

Theatre maker Brett Bailey who recently returned from a successful tour to France and Spain with Third World Bunfight’s production of Samson, has once again devised and conceptualised Constellations with this year’s theme being ‘Into the Woods.’ Explaining the concept, Bailey describes how forests and wild places feature in the mythology and tales of many peoples, often presented as strange liminal regions beyond ordered familiarity and civil society’s codes.  “Take Goldilocks and Hansel and Gretel for instance,” he says. “Such tales confront weird and wonderful characters while in Xhosa folklore, wilderness creatures loom along the fragile boundaries that define the homestead. Also, woods are often associated with dreams, imagination and the unconscious arena, and from the eco perspective, they are cherished as wildlife havens that deserve to be treasured and protected.”  The riverside woodland setting makes Spier, a destination committed to the arts, long term sustainability and biodiversity, the ideal location for the event.

Around the campfire

Twenty-seven artists – the Fire Guardians- will present at Constellations and the diverse line up includes musicians such as Khoisanboy Man, Jak Tomas, Manu Grace and Dizu Plaatjies, performers Gaetan Schmidt, Thando Doni and Rehane Abrahams, and Poets Malika Ndlovu and Liza Scholtz. Bailey, adopting a non-directorial approach, has curated three routes, each with three Guardians who will receive their audiences around their own campfire. The element of surprise is that people will have no idea which Guardians or what type of performance they’ll encounter on their journey. Each session will be approximately thirty minutes long.

Constellations is an opportunity to connect with others through these intriguing encounters while ensconced in a nocturnal ring of enlightenment. For the Guardians the experiences are equally validating, a way to creatively explore the outdoor space and celebrate their artistic expression.

What: Constellations

Where and when: Spier gardens,  Stellenbosch from 25 November to 18 December 2021 at 8pm, with arrival promptly at 7.30pm

Tickets: Webtickets

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