Ubuntu: The Cape Town Project is at the Cultural Centre on April 10.

Ubuntu: The Cape Town Project is at the Cultural Centre on April 10.

Ubuntu explores ties that bind

Spirited music and dance with Ubuntu: The Cape Town Project on April 10 at the Chilliwack Cultural Centre.

Spirited music and dance are part of the energy of Ubuntu: The Cape Town Project with spellbinding storytelling on April 10 at the Cultural Centre.

Ubuntu is a collaboration of Canadian and South African artists to artistically trace the ties that bind families.

The piece has been called innovative, haunting, and soulful.

Combining poetry, dance and music the creators have crafted a captivating theatrical experience for audience members.

The story follows Jabba, a young South African who comes to Canada in search of the father who abandoned him as a toddler. The challenges he encounters like cultural clashes, heartbreak and secrets connect the audience to the characters in a compassionate portrayal of this young man’s efforts to reconnect.

Consisting of five performers, three Canadians and two actors from South Africa the cast takes us along for the journey as he struggles to find the father who left the family behind so many years ago.

Jabba has only a faded picture of his father, and some letters he wrote, to start his search. Presented by the Chilliwack Arts & Cultural Centre Society, the Toronto based ensemble of actors from Theatrefront in association with Western Canada Theatre, perform the western tour of Ubuntu – The Cape Town Project, a unique piece of theatre, sure to entrance and enthrall audience members.

The word “ubuntu” in South Africa describes the connection between a person and their community, and conveys that a person is who they are because of the people around them. In this collective creation, the story explores what happens to people when they lose that connection. The threads that bind us all are masterfully shown to us as the story weaves through the past, present and future scenes.

Ubuntu – The Cape Town Project, April 10, 8 p.m. at the Cultural Centre, 604.391.SHOW(7469) or www.chilliwackculturalcentre.ca