Preview: Our Oceans Our Future – première season, presented by SboNdaba Dance– full-length theatre and dance production and exhibition in foyer at Artscape

Our Oceans Our Future – presented by SboNdaba Dance, Cape Town

Performance dates and times- March 2023:   Thursday and Friday March 30 and 31 at 19h30 for 20:00 Saturday April 1 at 13h30 for 14:00 and 16h30 for 17:00  

Length of show: 55 minutes – No interval  
Ticket price: R150
Ticket Concessions: Students, seniors and block bookings of 10 or more: R80  
Bookings: Artscape Dial-A-Seat on 021 421 7695 or via Computicket
Information: Paula Kelly at 083 267 3029 or Jennifer van Papendorp at 083 556 6054 or email  

Can life on earth survive if we destroy our oceans? Do our young people have a future on earth? Can we do anything to protect our world?  These are key questions  are engaged with in SboNdaba Dance’s, new production, Our Oceans Our Future, which has its première season at Artscape Theatre, from March 30 to April 1, 2023. The company is inviting audiences to join them at the performances and engage with key environmentalists in the Artscape foyer, “about the greatest threat by humans to life on earth.” There are four performances of this new full-length theatre and dance production, which is a collaboration key with environmental NGOs. Choreographed by award- winning artistic director, Sbonakaliso Ndaba,in Our Oceans Our Future, she explores “the urgent environmental issues that are affecting our oceans and our beaches, drilling for oil and gas in the oceans, karpowerships, destruction of marine life, plastic pollution, loss of income for fisher-folk, climate change and renewable energy.”  The call-out is for us to become emotionally immersed in the production and to heed its message for all of us to take responsibility to save our oceans because it is our future. The season is a potent mix of dance theatre and environmental activism. SboNdaba Dance began working on this production, last year [2022] in collaboration with The Green Connection NGO. Read on for more:

Dance theatre and discourse

In tandem with the performances of Our Oceans Our Future, on stage, in the theatre, there will be the opportunity to engage with key environmentalists, in the Artscape foyer, “about the greatest threat by humans to life on earth.” Information displays by key environmentalists in the Artscape foyer will provide well-researched information and a chance to engage with them directly from 30 minutes before and after each show including: The Green Connection, Greenpeace Cape Town, Greenpeace Africa, Project 90 by 2030, The Shark Spotters, The Beach Co-op, 350, Radio Care / Ke care / !GâiTsēs, Masifundise and Captain Fanplastic. Get to the show, with time to browse, to become acquainted with research and insight into material which has shaped and informed Our Oceans Our Future and then, after the show, continue the journey and see how what you have witnessed on stage, provides alternative perspectives into the exhibition.

Invitation to be inspired and become an activist

With this season of Our Oceans Our Future, SboNdaba Dance is inviting “audiences to come and be inspired by a performance that not only speaks to the important questions around our natural world and oceans, but that also gets people thinking and feeling; to be part of finding solutions to the greatest threat by humans to life on earth.” The company hopes that audiences will leave the theatre and be inspired in some way to heed the call to environmental activism. The company says: “It is an emotional call to each and every one to become involved in environmental activism, to add your voice, to become engaged, to volunteer, to make waves and to be the change” they urge us to become involved in caring for the ocean and for becoming invested in the future.

Our Oceans, Our Future. Celebrating the ocean – Clayton Jannike of SboNdaba Dance. Supplied.

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Information: Paula Kelly at 083 267 3029 or Jennifer van Papendorp at 083 556 6054 or email    

✳ Sponsored content. Featured image: Our Oceans Our Future -Johannes – Tieties and Sinazo Mxeli of SboNdaba Dance. Images supplied.