Cape Town’s avid theatre goers will, for the first-time, experience the new debut production of the multi-talented Standard Bank Young Artist for Jazz 2019, Mandla Mlangeni’s in collaboration with The Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra.
Titled Oratorio of a Forgotten Youth, the production will- on Saturday, 15 June - launch a multi-disciplinary, genre bending and inter-generation collaborative endeavour. Spanning a period of two months of preparation, the production will culminate in a grand performance at the Artscape Opera House in Cape Town, South Africa.
“Oratorio of a Forgotten Youth brings together the Standard Bank Young Artist for Jazz 2019 Mandla Mlangeni, in collaboration with Artscape in a creative pairing that seeks to be the springboard for the production and execution of bold new ideas of reimaging spaces for creative discourse,” says Itumeleng Wa Lehure production manager of the Oratorio
Bringing together themes of jazz, classical and indigenous musical forms, the performance will feature the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra, Gugulethu Voices Choir with libretto by trailblazing poet Koleka Putuma. This new endeavour with creative director - Mandla Mbothwe - at the helm, is visually paired with sonic expressions that set to invoke the spirit of the forgotten youth.
“Amandla Freedom Ensemble’s foray into the classical world is an activation to give voice to new expressions within the structural forms of Western art whilst also drawing from the deep well of indigenous music by creating new cultural avenues; where audiences can tap into new and unimagined worlds,” adds esteemed director Mandla Mbothwe .
This unique combining of art genres boldly seeks to re-imagine a cutting-edge jazz ensemble paired with South Africa's leading orchestra, the Cape Town Philharmonic and the Gugulethu Voices Choir.
“Join us in experiencing a performance that is unique in its attempts to fuse musical idioms aimed at creating new and fitting narratives of the struggles of youth,” concludes Mbothwe
Oratorio of a Forgotten Youth will harness choral traditions that defined struggles against apartheid with contemporary musical forms - an event not to be missed.