Return Of The Moon - A glimpse of Sara Baartman
Return Of The Moon - A glimpse of Sara Baartman is about the prejudices of Europe juxtaposed against the good reports of Europeans visiting Southern Africa. This is seen through quotes and comments made by prominent European people of the age. This is then contrasted by an African view as seen through the speech given at the funeral of Sara Baartman. We follow Sara though her crossing the ocean and her display in London as The Hottentot Venus. We hear Sara’s voice as she speaks to the London legal fraternity – possibly the only time we have her recorded voice. We follow her on her journey on the fair circuit and finally her time in Paris. The play exposes truths and insights gained through extensive research. Interwoven are the stories of the Khoi-Khoi, the indigenous peoples and how they relate to the Euro-centric world view. This is not the story of the Hottentot Venus, but rather a small glimpse into who Sara was, what she went through and how she felt. It is an insight into the world she lived in from the limited information we have. The question still remains – Who was Sara Baartman?
RETURN OF THE MOON – A glimpse of Sara Baartman is written and directed by Robert Lourens. Cast – Bennie Gerber, Kehly Windvogel, Marcia Ntoni, Marianah Lourens, Nina Fillis & Phillip Cowie.