Venus vs Modernity - 8 performances left!

Market Theatre Foundation
09/20/2019 10:13:16

Venus vs Modernity is an emotional hilarious, poetic, musical and layered journey into the life of one of South African history’s most important women.

Venus vs Modernity was officially launched on 18 September 2019 to a full house of theatre makers, artists, media personalities and art lovers with great success. Directed by Pamela Nomvete and Koleka Putuma, show marks award-winning poet Lebo Mashile’s first foray into writing and producing a full-length theatrical work. It also marks the acting debut of world class, classically trained opera singer, Ann Masina, who co-stars in the play alongside Mashile in the title role of Venus.

Venus vs Modernity tells the story of South African icon Saartjie Baartman whose horrific experiences of exploitation on account of her ample posterior have become a reference point for black women’s body image and representation worldwide. Venus vs Modernity is an emotional, hilarious, poetic, musical and layered journey into the life of one of South African history’s most important women.

This piece comes at a time when the country is on fire with conversations and protests on the issues of gender-based violence and femicide. This current run of Venus vs Modernity, taking place at the Market Theatre, courtesy of the Windybrow Arts Centre, could not have come at a better time. This piece shows that history is as active as the present. It is a must watch for all South Africans.


Written Lebo Mashile
Director Koleka Putuma
Sound Technician Mthuthuzeli Ndlebe
Stage Manager Lebeisa Molapo

Anne Masina Venus
Lebo Mashile Saartjie

Duration: 90 minutes
Age Recommendation 16 years
Season: Thursday 12 – Saturday 28 September 2019
Venue: The Barney Simon
Performance times: Tuesday – Saturday @20h15 and Sunday @15h15
Ticket prices: Tuesday – Sunday R90.00 - R150.00
Student Prices: R70.00

To make block bookings, please contact Anthony Ezeoke 011 832 1641ext 203 / 083 246 4950, Magret Charova 011 832 1641 ext 326 / 079 656 2340 and Jabulisile Mofolo 011 832 1641 ext 204 / 083 203 0531.

For further information, interviews and images, contact:
Lusanda Zokufa, Senior Publicist
Market Theatre 011 832 1641 ext 202 or 072 367 7867 Account:
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011 832 1641
The Market Theatre
Related Venue:
Market Theatre Complex, Newtown Johannesburg Gauteng South Africa