Press release: What the Water Remembers at the Open Book Festival

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What the Water Remembers is a multilingual poetry production that explores our personal, historical, socio-economic and spiritual relationships to water in the Mother City.

Why did it refuse to rain for 2 years? What might happen if we don’t listen to the water? And how can we learn to care for it, and ourselves, anew?

Poets Pieter Odendaal, Lwanda Sindaphi, Toni Stuart and Afeefa Omar join forces with director Jason Jacobs and singer Babalwa Zimbini Embo Makwetu to sound our relations to water.

The production is the result of a collaborative process that included workshops with various knowledge experts, visiting bodies of water and writing poems.

The project forms part of Odendaal’s doctoral studies at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in Brisbane on how spoken word poetry can help us to respond to social and ecological change.

From left: Afeefa Omar, Pieter Odendaal, Toni Stuart and Lwanda Sindaphi. (Photo: Lindsey Appolis)

From left: Toni Stuart, Afeefa Omar, Pieter Odendaal and Lwanda Sindaphi. (Photo: Lindsey Appolis)

What the Water Remembers will debut at the Open Book Festival on Wednesday 4 September at 18:00 in the Fugard Studio.

Tickets are available on webtickets.co.za under Open Book Festival.

Proudly supported by QUT Creative Lab, Stellenbosch University English Department and InZync Poetry.

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