A major player on the South African art scene, Boyzie Cekwana is much more than a showman: he is a watchful critic of society. His latest piece, which he performs himself alongside two musicians and a video maker, explores the realities of the New World Order and comments on the capitulation of democracy in his country, establishing parallels with Donald Trump’s politics. Taking inspiration from the political force of the dancing and chants of protest that set the streets of Johannesburg ablaze in the 1970s and 1980s, he opens the doors of a democratic tyrant’s cardboard palace—a king with no shoes and no crown, wandering down a petrified hallway “singing his own praises as blood drips down”. Welcome to Kakfontein.
A co-production and co-presentation of Festival d'Avignon and Festival de Marseille.