Spaces Between Us: Colourblind is a collaborative production written and directed by Rhodes University Drama graduate Nokuthula Sandy Vlandir and cast. The production is made up of an all-women ensemble who come to represent sisters, wives, mothers, daughters and individuals who in their lives have continued to question societies’ inequalities.
The performance begins with a group of diverse friends imagining their life after Matric. As they go on their separate journeys, each experiences some kind of intolerance, as well as pressure to conform to be accepted into a society that is dressed as the “rainbow nation”. The group tries to navigate their friendships through the experiences they have encountered.
The performance leads itself to a range of styles within theatre including poor theatre, workshop theatre, absurdism, physical theatre and a range of South African theatre styles.
DIRECTOR AND WRITER: SANDY VLANDIR
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Sandy Nokuthula Vlandir: Director and Choreographer
Sandy studied Drama, Ethnomusicology and Psychology at Rhodes University. In completing drama, she specialized in Site-Specific Choreography, Physical and Visual Theatre, Directing, Physical Theatre and Actor and the Audience. She has directed a number of works such as Herold Pinter’s The Dumb Waiter (2014), Mike van Graans’ Heartbreak Medusa (2014), Tshepang: The Third Testament (2014) by Lara Foot-Newton, and Through The Looking Glass by Lindsay Price (2018) as part of Victoria Girls’ High School Founders’ Weekend Programme. Works that Sandy has choreographed are Living in Sacrifice (2013) and God’s Awakening (2013).
She has performed at the National Arts Festival 2012 as part of an ensemble of dancers called Angry Africa for the show Discharge directed and choreographed by Gavin Krastin, Alan Parker and Rat Western. She performed a dance routine in the show which also included site-specific work. She has both performed and worked backstage in several works for the Rhodes Drama Department at Young Director Season and Theatre in Motion when completing her undergraduate year. She is a Theatre and Dance-Facilitator in her theatre company. Sandy has been doing freelancing work for the Department of Sports, Arts, and Culture in Eastern Cape as a Facilitator for several workshops hosted
by the department from 2017-2022. She has also worked as a director and scriptwriter for Keiskamma Music Academy filming their theatre productions in 2021.
Gcobisa Mpande(22), is a 3rd year B.Ed student at Rhodes University who was born and raised in Makhanda. She is a performance artist, who mostly enjoys children’s theatre. Her performance skills include storytelling, poetry, writing, dance choreography, and acting. She studied Dance and Drama at FET level, at Victoria Girls’ High, but has achieved more outside the classroom. Some of her work includes: Playing the character ‘Zandile’ originally played by Gcina Mhlophe in her play ‘Have you seen Zandile’ Directed by Nobesuthu Rhayi and translated by Dr. H Kunju to ‘Khange nimbone uZandile’ at the 2018 Puku storytelling festival. She also worked on the dance production for the festival alongside the late Ayanda Nondlwana. Her last NAF work was the dance choreography and performance of the play ‘be file nje, basathetha’ Directed by Akhona Bodl’inqaka Mafani, in 2018. She has since taken a 3-year break, focusing on her career in Education and Literacy but is now back and ready to make new memories with unforgettable performances.
Angie Jeggels is a Bachelor in Fine Arts student at Rhodes University, where she is studying Fine Art and Psychology. She is doing acting part-time. Angie started starting studying drama in high school, and it was one of her strongest subjects as well as visual art. Angie has had several exhibitions at the annual Bathurst Show and the John Carinus Art
Centre where she also managed to receive several awards. In drama, she has participated in the Shakespeare School’s Festival and she was elected to be the inter-house director at her high school. Angie has a huge love for performance art, and she believes that performing requires faith.
Linathi Ndubela is a first-year drama student who is interested in physical theatre. She is highly comical and clown-like on stage. She has rehearsed with known stars including Mr Fezile Mpela and Deon Opperman at the Alexander Playhouse Festival. Her love of physical theatre led her to perform a mime piece in a talent competition which won her a silver medal in the national round.
Limise Dyani studied drama in high school She often takes in community and church plays. During her spare time, she assists her grandmother in the running of Home of Joy Orphanage.