Venus vs.Modernity is a one act, hour long theatrical production developed by Lebo Mashile, Anne Masina and Pamela Nomvete who also serves as director of the piece. The production explores the life of Saartjie Baartman who became famous as a “freak” on the human exhibition circuits of Europe two hundred years ago.

Saartjie’s body became a reference point for satirists, political cartoonists, fashion designers, and the medical fraternity. Despite the harrowing circumstances she was forced to endure, within these confines, she exercised autonomy and made profound choices over her life. 

Using theatre, spoken word and music, Venus vs Modernity is a personal journey for both the performers and the audience into the life of one of the most famous controversial and iconic figures to ever emerge from South Africa.