Artscape and Volksoperahuis (NL) present the music theatre production:
Krotoa – Eva van de Kaap
About Krotoa, Eva van de Kaap
Present day South Africa: A Dutch actor and a South African actress meet on the film set of Krotoa: Eva van de Kaap. He plays Jan van Riebeeck, the VOC merchant who established a refreshment station at the Cape in 1652. She plays Krotoa, the young Khoe girl taken into his household. She became a key negotiator and translator between the Dutch and the local people at a very young age. The first Khoe woman to be baptised and the first to officially marry a European, Krotoa is battered by the clash of two cultures. The two actors are not unscathed as they enter a whirlwind of confrontations, even in their own world where Krotoa’s story is shaking them up. An inevitable dramatic conclusion is set in motion.
Playwright Sylvia Vollenhoven, director Basil Appollis together with musicians and actors from South Africa and The Netherlands, finish the story that started three and a half centuries ago. This music theater production is a multilingual, perspective-changing, intercultural, and musical tribute to a shared history.
The story of Krotoa Eva is very relevant in contemporary South Africa. It brings to the stage a neglected and contested aspect of shared history in a way that is innovative. The work sheds new light on an ancient story. Not so long ago few people knew who Krotoa was. The play contends that there has since been an awakening because story has not ended. The play connects the dots between what happened at a 17th Century Fort and what is still happening in the modern world. It is a compelling and engaging story that will help the audience understand their past, make sense of the present and be better prepared for the future.
Languages: English, Afrikaans, Dutch and Khoekhoe
With English translations
playwright: Sylvia Vollenhoven | director: Basil Appollis | actors: Kees Scholten en Bianca Flanders | music: Frazer Barry, Jef Hofmeister | light design: Gé Wegman | technician: Sanderijn Wagenvoorde | production: Blythe Linger | Image: Thenjiwe Niki Nkosi
The text and this representation of Krotoa was absolutely excellent! Só boeiend hoe jy en julle almal saam soveel lae en variasie tussen historiese en onlangse tye vervleg. Krotoa se intrigerende ‘agency’ en komplekse posisie word uitstekend verbeeld. Swartwit filmbeelde van geweld, maar ook van mense wat al oor die Kaapse verhoudinge geteoretiseer het nav JvR se dagregister, het die reikwydte vanaf die openingstoneel duidelik gemaak. Dat Krotoa/Eva op die verhoog van klere verwissel asof in ‘n backstage kleedkamer het my laat dink aan my UvA-orasie 2003 waarin ek haar beskryf as SA se eerste ‘crossdresser’! Spel, musiek, die mengeling van Afrikaans, Nederlands, Engels - alles het meegewerk om my op die punt van my stoel te hou. Well done, almal!
- PROF. DR. E. (ENA) JANSEN