We Stand For Freedom

Fri Feb 24, 17:00 - Mon Feb 27, 20:00

HCC Homecoming Centre


This 30-minute contemporary dance performance, created by Ukrainian choreographer Kateryna Aloshyna, is a space for live dialogue between the dancers and audience members on the similarities in the Ukrainian and South African’s fight for freedom. Via digital technologies, the audience makes choices that shape the outcome of the artistic conversation. The piece also explores the humanitarian crisis and the impact of the war on women and children, and how solidarity can lead to a safer world for all.  

“As young democracies, both South Africa and Ukraine share and retain a tangible connection to the idea of freedom and justice - ideals which we must never take for granted,” says Janet Jobson, CEO of the Tutu Legacy Foundation. She said, “The Arch reminded us often of the interconnectedness of all humanity - that ultimately our futures are fundamentally tied up in each other. The injustices and atrocities being meted out to the Ukrainian people must be stopped immediately.”

The performance will explore four blocks that address: 

  1. the humanitarian crisis and the refugee children,
  2. the impact of war on women and families, 
  3. the importance of freedom and the right to choose for societies, and 
  4. how supporting values of freedom, human rights and democracy by the global community contributes to a safer society for all.

The opening night will include a panel discussion following the performance, with participation from civil society representatives, and Janet Jobson (CEO of the Desmond and Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation) and Kateryna Aloshyna (choreographer and president of the Ukrainian Association of South Africa). 

When: 24, 25 and 27 February 2023 at 17:00 and 19:00

Where: At the HCC Homecoming Centre (Corner Buitenkant St &, Caledon St, District Six, Cape Town, 8001)

We Stand for Freedom is a joint effort between the Desmond and Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation, the Ukrainian Association of South Africa and Resilient Ukraine.

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We Stand For Freedom
HCC Homecoming Centre
Buitenkant St, District Six, Cape Town
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