Venus and Adonis , Shakespeare’s epic poem of love and seduction. Set in a sunny and idyllic world (almost a Garden of Eden) the poem deals with loss of innocence and ultimately death. The tale moves from broad comedy to heroic tragedy, dwelling on both the sorrow and pain of love as well as the force of lust. It is a strongly feminist piece with Venus presented as a dominant and vital seductress. As with all Isango’s productions the nature and heart of the original was kept intact but the whole work was seen through a South African prism. With the addition of music and dance the piece had a carnival feel. The production was co-produced by Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, London, and opened their Globe to Globe Festival in April 2012.
Following its series of performances in 2012, Isango has been invited back to the Globe for a longer run in 2013.
‘…darting around an emotional range that extends from warmly winning comic cheek to the kind of full-throated fervor that touches sublimity. Pauline Malefane (incomparable in beauty of voice and majestic stage presence),…electrifying Mhlekazi Whawha Mosiea…Mandisi Dyantyis’s dazzling eclectic score…’
The Independent UK
‘…the most successful coalescence of English material and a multilingual house style…full-bodied display of seductive technique that won’t be seen in any other decent performance space in London. Pauline Malefane, the company’s undoubted star, who beautifully sings out the shows mournful conclusion with a distinctly modern aria by composer and musical director Mandisi Dyantyis. This is a wonderfully auspicious start for Globe to Globe’
Jasper Rees UK
The Guardian UK