Today is the 25th anniversary of the release of Nelson Mandela from his twenty seven years of imprisonment. We at Freewheelers are under way with rehearsals for our production “AMANDLA!” scheduled for performance this December. The Freewheelers’ Tuesday Dance Group, the Media Group, and guest actor Ashely Phillips are joining forces with acclaimed disabled artist Rachel Gadsden, the company’s own dance tutor and choreographer Andrea Atkinson, and writer/director Chris Haydon, to produce this two-act, multimedia play.
“AMANDLA!” means power, as in power to the people. It was the great cry of black Africans living under white domination and Apartheid. South Africa is in theory healed of that wound, but in Palestine for example we see oppression alive and well. The long walk to freedom is far from over for we humans.