Festival Belluard Bollwerk International


Buhlebezwe Siwani

(Johannesburg )


Baqamile is a compilation of rites of passage, a ceremony rooted in South African spiritual beliefs. Video, song and dance combine, creating a dialogue between parallel worlds in this immersive experience.

The audience enters a dark room. They are greeted by three musicians in a soundscape of constantly modulating tones and voices. Every performer represents a transition of time, an evolving celestial body and a specific movement. A video of an imagined dreamscape evokes rituals and rites of passage. Baqamile means “the shining ones”. In South African spiritual beliefs, stars, ancestors and the underworldly are one and the same. Thus parallel worlds communicate through the body of the performer.

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45 min
BBI Production
IsiXhosa and English
Ancienne Gare - Nouveau Monde
  • Sat 29.6. 19:00 - 19:45
  • Sun 30.6. 19:00 - 19:45
  • 15 CHF



Concept, directing and performance Buhlebezwe Siwani Assistant Bulumko Mbete Music Linda Kibodo, Ncebakazi Mnukwana, Mpho Nkuzo
 Video Camilla Pontiggia, Bart van Dijk Costumes Mbali Mngqibisa Coproduction Festival Belluard Bollwerk International

Presented with the support of Fonds Culturel Sud

Created thanks to a cultural promotion contribution of Encouragement du Canton de Fribourg à la Culture and the support of the Pourcent culturel Migros

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