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Do Not Fear The Past: A Mother’s Word

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A multidisciplinary collaboration led by Stanford associate professor of classics Grant Parker and music lecturer Marie-Louise Catsalis, Do Not Fear the Past examines the universal theme of a mother’s love for Women’s Day. A String Quartet led by Farida Bacharova will join with soprano Donita Volkwijn in a performance of Bongani Ndodana-Breen?s newly commissioned piece Do not fear the past, which is based on Zuhura Seng’enge’s poem of the same title.

Visual elements by Stanford alumna and artist Jordan Reist, and texts read by Stanford students, the performance begins with an oblique response to the death of Stanford alumna Amy Biehl (1967-93) during her stint as Fulbright fellow in Cape Town in the lead-up to the country’s first democratic election.

Included in the program is music with texts in isiXhosa, isiZulu, Afrikaans and English, featuring composers such as Le Roux Marais, Dvorak, Florence Price, Menotti, Harry T. Burleigh We are delighted to be joined on stage by the Amy Foundation?s Choir from Bongolethu and with their musical director, Nokuthula Sindambe, as solo mezzo soprano.

Staff and students of the Amy Foundation as well as Stanford students in the university’s Bing Overseas Studies Program developed and workshopped Do Not Fear the Past in Cape Town during the summer of 2018. It was performed at Stanford University in 2022 and now returns full circle to Cape Town in 2023.

100% of box office takings will by given directly to the Amy Foundation Trust, South Africa.


9 August / 8:00 am
11 August / 5:00 pm
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Parking is available at the Cape Town Civic Centre’s basement parking, Mondays to Fridays between 6pm and 11pm. Parking will be available on Saturdays and Sundays as well as public holidays, for matinee and evening performances. Access to the parking area is via Jan Smuts Street.

• No cash will be accepted/handled at the entry point;
• Payments can be made with Debit/Credit card;
• The parking fees are as follows: - Normal fee: R27.00; - Pensioners: R17.00;
• The gate to the parking will be closed 15 minutes after the starting time of a performance and opened after the performance;
• For security reasons, patrons will be required to inform the attendant which production they are attending, you may also provide proof of a reservation to a production or an event, or proof of invitation to a production or event, at the entry point;
• Patrons are to contact the emergency number (021) 400 2828 in the event of an emergency;
• For your safety a security guard will be stationed at the garage entry

Wheelchair Access

Limited facilities for wheelchairs are available in the Opera House and Theatre in accordance with safety regulations. Wheelchair seats can be booked at the Artscape Box Office, at any Computicket outlet, or through the Computicket call centre. Please note that the Arena is not wheelchair friendly. Toilets for wheelchair-bound patrons aresituated in the Marble and Chandelier Foyers of the Opera House and on the lower level of the Theatre Foyer. Limited parking bays are available for bona fide Disabled Parking Disc Holders in the tunnel area opposite the Stage Door entrance, and in the staff parking area. A drop-off facility is available in the tunnel area for patrons who have difficulty walking. Prior arrangements in all regards should be made with the Theatre Manager.


Disabled Parking and Wheelchairs are available on site but should be pre-booked by contacting Artscape Dial-a-seat on 021 421 7695