HIFA OPENING SHOWS

HIFA OPENING SHOWS
HIFA OPENING SHOWS
HIFA OPENING SHOWS
HIFA OPENING SHOWS
HIFA OPENING SHOWS
HIFA OPENING SHOWS
HIFA OPENING SHOWS
HIFA OPENING SHOWS
HIFA OPENING SHOWS
HIFA OPENING SHOWS
HIFA OPENING SHOWS
HIFA OPENING SHOWS
HIFA OPENING SHOWS
HIFA OPENING SHOWS
HIFA OPENING SHOWS

HIFA (the Harare International Festival of the Arts), takes place in the Zimbabwean capital around the end of April.

Since 2006 Brett has directed five HIFA Opening Shows, large outdoor music-theatre events in the Harare Gardens in the centre of the city. They pull broad, diverse audiences of around 5 000 people.
 
The shows feature local (and sometimes visiting) musicians, choirs, singers, dancers actors and poets.
 
Zimbabwe has been in the grips of a brutal totalitarian regime for some time now, and the situation has been volatile and violent.
 
The Opening Shows have been uncompromisingly political, reflecting on the state of the country and targeting the villains.

If you have a totalitarian state that you'd like to expose in a theatrical spectacular, please contact us. Brett also makes large-scale music-theatre shows with mass appeal of a less provocative nature, for festivals or special events.

Articles written by Brett about the various shows, and published in the Mail and Guardian and the Sunday Times, can be found in the ARTICLES link below. THE CONTENTIOUS ARTICLE ON THE HIFA 2011 SHOW CAN BE FOUND IN THE 'SCRIPT' LINK BELOW.

Reviews of two of the shows are on the FULL PRESS REVIEWS link.

 

‘ It was simply magnificent. It was moving, emotionally wrenching even painful, yet the hope was there too. But not an all-out, jubilant, extravagant hope. This show was as accurate a portrayal of the process we are living as one could possibly have aimed to achieve, with all the ugliness we have seen paradoxically juxtaposed with great beauty. ’
The Standard, 2009
‘ How do they get away with it? Just how on earth do they get away with it? And frankly, why do they take the risk? Skilfully employing satire, parody, and laugh-out-loud good humour, artistic director Brett Bailey has lived up to his reputation for creating shows that are at once explosive and stimulating. Pushing the boundaries between thought-provoking and just plain provocative, this show has set tongues wagging all over the city this week. In a good way, I think… as we shuffle out of the main stage and back to the realities of our real lives, leaving, with a bitter-sweet sigh the magic and magnificence of great theatre behind us. ’
Newsday, 2011

HISTORY:

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  • 2006: Seventh Heaven
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  • 2007: It's Showtime
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  • 2008: Dreamland
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  • 2009: Out of Darkness: a rite of passage
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  • 2011: Trea$ure
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