Tia Maji is a cross-arts performance piece featuring field recordings, physical theatre and live improvised music. It’s co-created by Bronwen Clacherty and Qondiswa James and based on Bronwen’s doctoral research in Zanzibar.

Together they explore the lives of women from Zanzibar in the past and the present using string, fabric, their bodies and voices and field recordings.

Bronwen curated and composed the recordings from her fieldwork into a composition that takes the audience on a journey through the real, historical and imaginary spaces she visited while in Zanzibar.

Tia Maji, directed by Qondiswa James and Bronwen Clacherty. Picture: Suzy Bernstein
Tia Maji, directed by Qondiswa James and Bronwen Clacherty. Picture: Suzy Bernstein

The production takes the audience through the sounds of Stone Town with its busy streets, market places and the call to prayer, then into the village with ancient ritual caves and old storytellers.

The lives of women

Woven within these sounds one hears Tia Maji – pouring water – a sound that represents the lives of women long past, and now women who work, who mother, who laugh, who love and who assert their power through their song.

Show times for Tia Maji at the Theatre Arts Admin Collective are Wednesday, 2 October 7.30 to 8.30pm to Friday, 4 October 2019 from 7.30 to 8.30pm. Ticket prices are R80 and R50 for students (with student card). To enquire about a selection of pay-as-you-can tickets, email bronwenclacherty@gmail.com

Tia Maji was made possible by funding from the Re-Centring AfroAsia Project, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Theatre Arts Admin Collective is hosting the shows.

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What: Tia Maji
When: 2 – 4 October 2019, 7.30 to 8.30pm
Where: Theatre Arts Admin Collective, Methodist Church Hall, Milton Road, Observatory
Tickets:  http://theatreartsadmincollective.weebly.com/book-tickets.html, Whatsapp 083 695 4188. Five tickets reserved nightly for #PayAsYouCan on a first come first serve basis