Methodist Church Hall • Cnr Milton Road and Wesley Street • Observatory • 7925 • Cape Town

Lift her Leg - a Swiss/SA triple bill

Live Art, Dance, Theatre and a Workshop
Performed by Clara DELORME and Tshegofatso MABUTLA Curated by Qondiswa JAMES Supported by Pro Helvetia, Johannesburg, the Swiss Arts Council.

Curated by Qondiswa James, and with the support of the National Arts Festival, Pro Helvetia, Johannesburg, the Swiss Arts Council, Lift Her Leg brings together two performing artists from different contexts working through embodiment and form, juxtaposing the experiences of femmes in each and exploring what commonalities might be found.

Clara Delorme is a young French artist who will be presenting two pieces, L'albâtre and it’s companion, Clara Delorme Lift Her Leg to Make Her Vagina Lip Come Out. The two together are an act of reclamation, an assertion that there is a difference between “choosing to be seen and choosing to be used”.

Tshegofatso Mabutla is a Cape Town based performance maker who will be debuting a new original work, Kea Ipolela. Part confession, part announcement, this piece investigates notions of displacement through “tongue-tied expressions from every language but the mother’s”. 

This provocative triple-bill will be followed by a workshop on Monday 4th July @10AM-12PM. Space is limited so book now.

Clara Delorme performs her double bill at the National Arts Festival

Clara Delorme

Clara Delorme (1997) was born and raised in Ardèche, in France. After obtaining her baccalaureate in 2014, she entered the University of Medicine in Grenoble, where she discovered contemporary dance through a combination of circumstances. She met the choreographer Redouane Gadamy, who offered her a scholarship for an internship at the Folkwang University of the Arts in Essen, Germany. This experience confirmed her desire to pursue this path. Since then she has danced for Judith Desse, Yasmine Hugonnet, Mark Lorimer, Nicole Seiler, FausJne Moret, Yann Hermenjat, among others.

In 2018 she founded the company Racine and created her own projects. Since 2019 she is an associate artist at the Théâtre Sévelin 36 in Lausanne, where she develops her work around monochromes. She created L'albâtre (white) in 2019 and Malgrés (green) in 2021. These two pieces received great encouragement, L'albâtre was notably programmed at the Swiss Dance Days 21-22 and Malgrés received the first PREMIO 2020 prize and a grant for emerging choreographers from the SSA.

In 2021, thanks to Prohelvetia, she participated in the Camping project in Paris and in the ATLAS- Impulstanz programme in Vienna, Austria, where she initiated a new solo accompanied by Steven Cohen and Guy Cools, a solo that will be presented at the Printemps de Sévelin 2022. Since 2021, Clara's work has received annual support from the Nestlé Foundation for the Arts.

Tshegofatso Mabutla

Tshegofatso Mabutla is a multilingual actor and theatre-maker creating in Cape Town. Since completing her (BA)Honours in Theatre and Performance from the University of Cape Town she currently works as a voice over artist, performance artist and content creator. 

She has directed a radio play for children titled Dipalo, winner of the Standard Bank Ovation Award (National Arts Theatre Festival 2021). Her recent voice over work was for a thirteen episode documentary Wild Orphan Rescue (2021). Her stage appearances include A Faint Patch of Light directed by Qondiswa James for (Makukhanye Art Room, 2017 and the Afrovibes Festival 2020). She played Nontyatyambo in the Standard Bank Ovation Award winning production by Nwabisa Plaatjie,  23 Years, a month and 7 days (National Arts Theatre Festival 2018).  In 2017 she performed as the lead in a two hander, Shwele Bawo! Directed by Ntombi Makhutshi (University of Cape Town, 2017). She can be seen on screen in Francesco Nassimbeni’s five part film A E I O U, winner of the jury award for best experimental short (Cannes Short Film Festival 2021) and in Puleng Stewart and Jannous Aukema’s short film, Until the Silence Comes (Shnitt Film Festival, 2018) as well as Jenna Bass’s short film, Sizohlala (We Live Here 2019). Her debut directing piece, Raising Sunflowers, ran at the Baxter’s Masambe Theatre 2018. 

Qondiswa James (Curator)

Qondiswa James is a cultural worker living in Cape Town, South Africa. She is an award-winning theatre-maker, performance artist, film and theatre performer, instillation artist, writer, arts facilitator and activist. She has received her Masters in Live Art, Interdisciplinary and Public Art at the Institute of Creative Arts. Her work engages the socio-political imagination towards mobilising transgression.