Breathing through the feet

My voice is my body. My body breathes and sounds each day as I live.
I breathe English but I do not live it. I live isiZulu, Ndebele, Sesotho.
This is me, breathing through my feet.

A call and response film featuring autobiographical poetry and improvised responses in the body.

  • Ticket Price: R0.00
  • Genre: Film
  • Duration (minutes): 5:30
  • Release Date: June 23, 2022 00:00 - July 31, 2022 23:59
  • Language: isiZulu, Ndebele, Sesotho



Directed by: Sibusiso Mkhize
Featuring: Nomvuyo Buthelezi, Moeketsi Kgotle and Nonhlanhla Precious Masombuka
Dramaturgy by: Claire French


Sibusiso Mkhize | Director
Mkhize (he/him) is a musician, theatre practitioner and a graduate of the University of the Witwatersrand with a BA (Hons) in Dramatic Arts. He has been an accomplished performer since an early age, acting in numerous theatre productions at the National Children’s Theatre as well as Chilahaebolae and Devil on the Cross. He has appeared in television productions including Cooking Magic, Soul Buddies, Jozi Streets and was a cast member of the Oscar-winning film Tsotsi. Recent work includes the Indlulamithi South African Scenarios 2030, an event attended by guests including President Cyril Ramaphosa. As a director, Mkhize harnesses collaborative approaches to devising performance with actors’ autobiographies. The notion of black aesthetics exists at the centre of his artistic work, which reconceptualises performers and spectators in an African context.

Moeketsi Kgotle | Performer
Kgotle (he/him) is a performer, percussionist, facilitator and a theatre director. He has completed an MA with the University of the Witwatersrand and long been mentored by the Sibikwa Arts Centre. As an actor, he has performed at the Market Theatre and South African State Theatre. Kgotle holds NQF level 4 and 5 qualifications in Performing Arts and Facilitation, as well as an NQF level 4 in Arts Administration. He has specialised in applied drama and theatre and develops socially engaged practices in several complex socio-political contexts.

Nomvuyo Enhle Buthelezi | Performer
Buthelezi (she/her) is an actor and theatre performer who is currently in her final year of study, completing a BA in Dramatic Art at the University of the Witwatersrand. She is a National School of the Arts alumni with performances including The Visit, Joburg Theatre, The Fringe, 2016, which gained her a SANCTA nomination for Best supporting Actress in 2017. The following year, she took the Fringe stage once again as Lady Macbeth in Macbeth, Fringe, 2018, which was later performed at various festivals including RedFest as well as at Kingsmead College. Her in-training credits at Wits include Every Woman’s Fear, 2019; Hambakhle, Mkhonto, 2019; Shwele Bawo, 2021; as well as Pula ya Nuru, 2019. Last year, she made a return to the Joburg Theatre stage in the production Hairline as Mama Gusta.

Nonhlanhla Precious Masombuka | Performer
Masombuka (she/her) is a performer and a theatre maker currently completing a BA (Hons) in Dramatic Arts, majoring in Performance and Physical Theatre at the University of the Witwatersrand. Masombuka has been cast in various theatre productions including uNosilimela, 2019 and Sjava’s One Night Show, 2019. She has also performed in short films such as Rose and Pretty, 2018 and Mopaki, 2019. Masombuka is known for her unique physical style, creating the physical piece in 2019 titled Retractions- Isaqhubekeka. As a choreographer, her credits are The Native Psychopathology, Wits theatre, 2020, which she also co-directed.

Dr Claire French | Dramaturg
French (she/her) is a multilingual documentary theatre and performance-maker whose work mobilises communities to explore the art of new perspective through storytelling. She has created autobiographical performance works across Germany, the UK, South Africa and Australia. As a researcher, French publishes on multilingual methodologies and dramaturgies that legitimise minority and low-status languages and avoid reproducing linguistic hegemonies. French obtained her PhD from the University of Warwick, UK; MA from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, UK; and BA from Notre Dame University and the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, Australia. She is a queer, Anglo Celtic, multilingual, standard-English speaking, Irish-Australian dual national and migrant who advocates for decolonising global artistic collaboration.