Junior Mthombeni is a theatre-maker, actor and musician. In recent years he has made a name for himself as the artistic head of the SinCollectief, with whom he created such highly praised productions as Rumble in da Jungle and Reizen Jihad. As a creator, he is also part of the collective Jr.cE.sA.r with Fikry El Azzouzi and Cesar Janssens. His work as a director presents a theatrical interpretation of burning topical issues (e.g. Syria fighters, corner boys, …), but equally examines the contemporary significance of inspiring people, movements and events from the recent past, like 'Malcolm X', selected for Het TheaterFestval 2017, 'Dear Winnie' (2020), selected for two theaterfestivals (BE & NL) and Who's Tupac? (2021). Working with a multiethnic cast, Mthombeni captures the metropolitan setting in a form of contemporary music theatre that is influenced by urban arts and musical traditions from every continent.
Last year Mthombeni created 'Vaderlandloos', a reflection on his own life. Watch video below.
Junior is a co-founder of Socha.
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