W A L K
made in response to the horrific gang rape and tragic death of Jyoti Singh on a moving bus on
Dec. 16, 2012
WALK, Jaipur Litt. Festival, Jan. 21, 2013
US tour - residency, performances, talks, workshops in 5 colleges and universities across America, Oct - Nov., 2013
From Sara Matchett
Senior Lecturer: Drama Department, Univ. of Cape Town , S. Africa
Artistic Director: The Mothertongue Project
Thought I'd try and write down my experience of your performance.... It's hard to articulate what was evoked in me, but I will try as best I can. It was most definitely not a cognitive experience, but rather a visceral somatic one....
With The Walk, something started to bubble in the pit of my stomach. Slowly it started to rise up through my chest and up to my eyes. This feeling stayed with me, even as I went to sleep. It is still with me, even as I write this now. I feel very tearful, deeply moved and somewhat internal.
Words are unable to express this felt sense. It's like you pulled me inside you, into your core. And from this place your call placed itself in me, to continue and extend the call…
I realised, viscerally, how through the performance we have made in South Africa, we carry your legacy. I realised how big the work is. I've always known how important it is, but somehow yesterday I was struck differently. These works in conversation make somatic sense. The resonances are palpable.
Here is a link to a performance we did at The Cape Town Fringe Festival 2014 in a dingy gothic club. The lighting was very sparse, so the footage looses focus from time to time. Here it is: https://youtu.be/V7JgPV8nflo
Winner of Ted Hughes Award for New Works in Poetry 2011
As she described this process, I was struck by the way she stayed true to the tasks she had set herself, and trusted both herself and the process, even though she was in the midst of creating it."
Om Swaha (on dowry, 1979) and Dafa no. 180 (on the Indian law on conviction for rape, 1981). Both plays toured several colleges, parks and other out door spaces in and out of Delhi. Om Swaha went on to become a popular play with various womens' and other groups and was translated and performed in several languages all over India