CONCEPT, DESIGN & DIRECTION BY BRETT BAILEY
MUSICAL DIRECTION BY MAPUMBA CILOMBO
CHOREOGRAPHED BY GREGORY MAQOMA, WITH THABO RAPOO AND PORTIA MASHIGO
STAGE DESIGN BY ANDREW CHANDLER
COSTUME DESIGN BY JACQUES VAN DER WATT
VIDEO BY TIM GREENE
PHOTOGRAPHS BY CHRISTO DOHERTY
3 Colours was commissioned for the opening of the 4th World Summit on Arts and Culture in September 2009 in Johannesburg. The theme of the Summit was ‘Meeting of Cultures: Creating Meaning through the Arts’.
In this mixed media performance about the complexities of inter-culturalism, Brett chose to portray different societies/cultures symbolically, as shrines.
In his programme notes he writes: ‘Undefinable as they are, our cultures are sacred to us. At the heart of each glows a unique cluster of precious jewels: our myths and histories, our heritage, our values and social structures, our cosmology and relationship to the Ultimate . . . The energy of these clusters is expressed by and enshrined in the forms of cultural expression distinctive to each people . . . So many varied manifestations. Forever unfurling, forever evolving. In a spirit of arrogance, it’s so easy to believe that any one of these “shrines” is more worthy, more beautiful – has more right to be – than another.’
The production featured 3 companies of dancers (styled in white, red and black), several musicians and singers, and a choir.
‘I do not want my house to be walled in on all sides and my windows to be stuffed. I want all the cultures of all lands to be blown about my house as freely as possible. But I refuse to be blown off my feet.’
– M. K. Ghandi
‘We may have all come on different ships, but we’re in the same boat now.’
– Martin Luther King Jr
‘Every view of the world that becomes extinct, every culture that disappears, diminishes a possibility of life.’
– Octavio Paz
‘Diversity may be the hardest thing for a society to live with, and perhaps the most dangerous thing for a society to be without.’
– William Sloane Coffin Jr