IRMA at The Norval Foundation

Fri Jul 1, 18:30 - Sun Jul 3, 17:00
The Norval Foundation


A theatrical research on the life and work of Irma Stern and the complexity of image making. 

How to make an image of someone other than yourself? 

Irma is a multimedia theatre play about the life and work of Irma stern addressing the complexity of image making by Eva Bartels and Iman Isaacs. 

Eva Bartels is an artist and theatermaker from the Netherlands who finds herself in dialogue with Iman Isaacs – a South African director, actor and theatre maker with Cape Malay roots. The conversation uses the life and work of Irma Stern as a point of departure to reflect on themes such as extraction vs exchange, exoticism, political and nonpolitical choices in art, cultural and ancestral knowledge, chasing the sense of belonging, a female future, the activistic power of art and theatre.

Eva and Iman get to the bottom of things, digging their way through history and reflecting from their perspectives as two female artists from different continents both sparked by the desire to change the narrative.

The show debuted at The Artscape Theatre and after a successful, sold-out run, it will play at The Norval Foundation where Irma's Zanzibar series is currently on exhibit.

Tickets are limited.

For any enquiries, please contact [email protected]

Additional information

Age restriction Family friendly
Refund policy No refunds


IRMA at The Norval Foundation
The Norval Foundation
4 Steenberg Rd, Steenberg Estate, Cape Town, 7945
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