Trauma & Scars

Trauma and Scars are two of seven poems from an anthology entitled, Torn.
They explore different kinds of trauma and the literal and figurative scars they cause. They are drenched with pain and suffering, touching on subjects such as sexual assault, sexuality and self-harm. We are let into the dark thoughts and feelings of the subject, who feels caged with bottled emotions and self-blame, but yearns for an embrace. Though they struggle to extensively express themselves, the use of a few words and ambiguity reveals a lot about what they ponder. Through theatrical enactments and bursts of contemporary dance, we are journeyed through their melancholy.

  • Ticket Price: R30.00
  • Genre: Dance
  • Duration (minutes): 30mins
  • Ages: All ages
  • Release Date: July 08, 2021 00:01 - August 31, 2021 23:59
  • Language: English / Siswati

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PRODUCTION CREDITS

Interview:
Interviewer: Thamsanqa “KRTC” Sibandze
Interviewee: Senetisiwe Ginindza

Performance:
Poetry: Senetisiwe Ginindza
Choreography: Senetisiwe Ginindza
Sound Designers: !Sooks, Q

Music:
Asteroids – !Sooks
New Moon – !Sooks, Secret Souls
Trauma – Senetisiwe
Full Moon – !Sooks, Secret Souls
Scars – Senetisiwe
Lu-vivane – Hanwah

Videographer: Daniel Toro of DT TV
Editor: Daniel Toro of DT TV

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ABOUT THE ARTISTS

Senetisiwe Ginindza is a millennial born and raised in eSwatini. Though she grew up in the suburbs of Mhlume, her parents made sure she was familiar with the community and environment of their permanent home in the rural area of Zandondo, where she currently lives. Experiencing and wanting to be the voice of these opposing environments, is what sparked Ginindza’s love for performance arts. It was in her primary school level at Thembelisha Preparatory, where she was first introduced to drama and poetry which she adopted as her artistic form of expression.

While pursuing her tertiary studies in Business Science at Rhodes University, South Africa, Senetisiwe hosted her first event entitled, ‘The Unknown’ which was to provide a platform for local underground artists. She also sponsored and helped facilitate the second album launch of rapper Ndzingeko ‘Yungea Paige’ Mabuza.
Senetisiwe’s artistry has been seen at events such as the Lunch Concert – Woman’s Day Edition at Alliance Française de Mbabane, First Friday – International Women’s Month Edition and the Pride Month Edition at Endibanweni – a platform facilitated by the US Embassy. She also made her debut at the world renowned MTN Bushfire Digital Festival in 2020. She has worked with Standard Bank and United Nations Women on a poetry video for the #HeForShe campaign, a movement that stands against gender based violence and advocates for gender equality in the workplace.

Outside Eswatini, she has shared her poetry in Makana in South Africa, and directed her own poetry video on self-love and body positivity. She represented Eswatini among 30 other poets from across the globe, on a virtual poetry night hosted by Centro Cultural Moçambicano-Alemão (CCMA) leading up to Poetas D’Alma, the International Poetry and Performance Arts Festival based in Mozambique.
Senetisiwe’s poems are inspired by the ‘human experience,’ often her own. They are centered on themes such as self-love and mental health, and are meant to raise awareness and empower others. Her craft has developed to combining theatrical enactments and a free-flow of body movements akin to contemporary dance as an additional way of storytelling through her poems.
She advocates for environmental sustainability through the accessories she wears as an ambassador of Ugaxo Couture, a black owned brand that makes accessories from recycled products.