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KARATARA tells the story of the devastating “Knysna-fires” of 2018. On the 29th of October, in the middle of the night, a blazing inferno incinerated a small town. The residents lost everything, some even their lives. This deeply personal dance-drama deals with the loss of family, home, community and land. It examines the complex racial and social history between the communities of the area, and how political powers and the media exploited this tragedy. “Die Karatara rivier, boetie. The deep dark place. Hy sluk alles in. Al die neighbourhoods langs hierdie swart slang in die Outeniqua – húlle sluk al alles vir jare en jare en jare”.
Grant van Ster, Shaun Oelf and Dean Balie take centre stage in this highly acclaimed new dance-drama production. Karatara debuted at KKNK 2022 and won the award for Best Debut Production at the festival. Other nominations include: Best Theatre Production, Best Director, and Best Theatre Design. Directed by Gideon Lombard. Written by Shaun Oelf and Wilken Calitz.