Janni Younge Productions


Ouroboros is a production about time, relationship and the cycles of life, created with evocative, multimedia imagery. At its heart, it is a love story between a dancer and a poet finding the courage to commit. Using the uniquely transforming powers of the puppetry medium, the two central characters appear as several versions of themselves. Audiences witness the unfolding drama of their lives from birth to death. Their interactions form a web of relationships, revealing the interdependence of the past, present and future.

The production is inspired by the work of US Poet Laureate Billy Collins; whose work Aristotle underpins the narrative. Predominantly wordless, Ouroboros explores the internal dynamics of relationship through the interactions of the puppet characters, shadow imagery and animated projections.

Fish 29.jpg
Old man profile.jpg
Boy case.jpg
Full circle side.jpg
Full circle.jpg
Heart up.jpg
Old man writes.jpg
Death appears.jpg
Heart in suitcase.jpg
Girl heart.jpg
Girl kick.jpg
My buck.jpg
Face off.jpg
My heart.jpg
Skeleton man.jpg
Girl dancing.jpg
Man alone.jpg
Tali fish.jpg
Woman dancing.jpg
Boy book.jpg
Man writes.jpg


Producer: Janni Younge in association with Handspring Puppet Company
Director: Janni Younge with Adrian Kohler and Basil Jones
Creation and design: Janni Younge
Music: Neo Muyanga with additional music by Daniel Eppel
Sound design: Daniel Eppel
Choreography: Mamela Nyamza
Lighting design: Mannie Manim


Jason Potgieter, Cindy Mkaza, Gabriel Marchand, Tali Cervati, Beren Belknap and Chuma Sopotela with Nieke Lombard on shadows


Winner: best puppet design Fleur du Cap.
Nominated for best sound design and best lighting.
Selected to represent the France-South Africa Season 2013