Press: Magnet's award-winning 'Every Year, Every Day, I Am Walking' for the Baxter this April

March 25, 2019

 

With a string of local and international awards and after touring 17 countries, Magnet Theatre’s longest running production, Every Year, Every Day, I Am Walking, returns to the Baxter for a limited season, from 3 to 13 April at 7.30pm nightly, with matinee performances.

 

Directed by Mark Fleishman and starring Jennie Reznek and Faniswa Yisa, this production celebrates the resilience of human beings and the healing power of the imagination. It traces the story of a young refugee woman in Africa who loses her family and home, brutally and irrevocably, and is forced to journey to a new place through many dangers and uncertainties. 

 

Created in September 2006, foreshadowing the first violent attacks on Somali nationals in the Western Cape, Every Year, Every Day, I Am Walking was born out of an intense empathy with - and imagining of - what it must be like to lose one’s home and to feel strange in another place.

 

“In 2006 the situation for refugees and asylum seekers in this country was difficult, frustrating and painful,” explains Reznek. “With this work, we wanted to respond with a strong sense of the possibility of healing and renewal. It was created long before forced migration grew to become the theme of our age and is now, with more than 250 million migrants globally, more relevant than ever.”

Original music for the production is by Neo Muyanga, with choreographic sequences by Ina Wichterich, set by Julia Anastasopoulos (Suzelle DIY, Tali’s Wedding Diary ) and lighting by Daniel Galloway.

 

Yisa and Reznek first performed together under Mark Fleishman’s direction in 2004 in Fireraisers.  Since then this formidable team have created celebrated productions like Voices Made Night, Cargo, Every Year, Every Day, I Am Walking and Autopsy.

 

The revival of this young classic, poignant and ground-breaking theatre piece is a rare opportunity to see a masterful example of physical theatre that has impacted so strongly on the development of physical and image theatre in South Africa.

 

The media raved. The Herald called it “A powerful drama beautifully portrayed” while the Argus Tonight described it as “Creative Sorcery. Exquisite” and “A moving theatre experience that stimulates on all levels”. Veteran theatre critic and writer Adrienne Sichel said, “Jennie Reznek and Faniswa Yisa are two master performers who use their poignantly articulate bodies and voices to tell a heart-breaking tale”.

 

Mark Fleishman is a director, lecturer and writer. He is a Professor and Head of the Centre for Theatre Dance and Performance Studies at the University of Cape Town, has published many theatre texts and academic articles (mainly on South African theatre) and is a founder member of Magnet Theatre.

Jennie Reznek is an award-winning actress, teacher and director. A graduate of University of Cape Town Drama School, Reznek studied in Paris with Jacques Lecoq for two years. She is a director and founder member of Magnet Theatre and runs the bulk of the youth development programmes.

 

Faniswa Yisa is a multi-award-winning actress and UCT graduate with a Performer's Diploma in Speech and Drama. Performances in recent years include, Reza de Wet’s Missing, Ityala Lamawela, Born in the RSA and What Remains, for which she won the Best Actress award at the 2018 Fleur du Cap awards.

 

Every Year, Every Day, I Am Walking is on at the Baxter Flipside from 3 to 13 April 2019 at 7.30pm nightly.  There are matinee performances on 4 and 11 April at 11am and at 3pm on Saturdays 6 and 13 April. There is an age restriction of 10 years.

 

Ticket prices range from R50 (scholars/students and matinee block-bookings of 10 or more), R70 (block-bookings of 10 or more for evening performances) to R150. Booking is now open at Webtickets on 086 111 0005, online at www.webtickets.co.za or from selected Pick n Pay stores.

 

For discounted school or group block bookings, fundraisers or charities, contact Sharon Ward on 021 680 3962 or email sharon.ward@uct.ac.za or Carmen Kearns on 021 680 3993 or email her at carmen.kearns@uct.ac.za.

 

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