What future do we build for ourselves? Our children? To what extent are we responsible for our fate?

Unclassifiable performer Albert Silindokuhle IBOKWE Khoza meets engaged choreographer Robyn Orlin. Both are from South Africa. They scrutinize their country and western world through the prism of Africa.

Ibokwe curates his body like a work of art. Wrapped up in a plastic he will later vigorously knife off, he stuffs himself with oranges splashing the stage and the audience in the process. Attired as a Nubian queen, he dances with Putin whilst trading weapons for diamonds, money for garbage, etc.

Ibokwe has his back against the audience. He is seated in a large brown leather armchair facing a recording camera. The image is projected on the wall. This relationship to others is the underlying issue throughout the show.

Through this character who wants to be looked at, understood, loved, admired, coveted, Ibokwe and Robyn Orlin tackle with humour the multiple faces of their home country and its failure to address the most fundamental issues.

Albert Silindokuhle IBOKWE Khoza in «And so you see…» by Robyn Orlin, illustration © Araso
Albert Silindokuhle IBOKWE Khoza in «And so you see…» by Robyn Orlin, illustration © Araso

And so you see… our honourable blue sky and ever enduring sun… can only be consumed slice by slice…
By Robyn Orlin, with Albert Silindokuhle IBOKWE Khoza
At the Théâtre de la Bastille in Paris until Novembre 12th 2016