Report by Robyn Wertheim and Natalie Austin
The National Arts Festival hosted an important meeting of two theatre animals when internationally known Joey from War Horse met the Lindiwe Matshikiza’s Donkey Child in Grahamstown. The two come from very different backgrounds, one from the Handspring Puppet Company and the latter from children from the Hillbrow Theatre Project and Keleketla! Library. The meeting was arranged by ASSITEJ SA to launch War Horse Education project. ASSITEJ aim to provide theatre to young children in order to assist education in the arts. Joey was introduced to audiences before the play War Horse comes to South African from the National Theatre in UK from October.
Report by Cindy Archillies and Deneesha Pillay
Sometimes running away from who we are brings us closer to who we are. Cheaper than Roses and Happy at the National Arts Festival showcase individual stories of reclaiming identity. During the apartheid era, it was unsurprising that many ‘coloured’ people wanted to be reclassified as ‘white’. Similarly, Happy Sindane wanted to re-identify himself as a white boy, after claiming to have been kidnapped by a ‘black’ family. CueTube brings together these two pieces to show the relevance of this peculiar race issue twenty years after democracy in South Africa. We speak to actors Lizz Meiring and Jarrid Geduld.No comments
Report by Dumisa Lengwati & Olona Tywabi
Glass takes a close look at the sad life of Helen Martins, an artist who transformed her pain to art in her Owl House in Neiu Bethesda In order to follow her vision, Miss Martins managed great physical and emotional hardship. Choreographer Hermien Potgieter finds Helen Martins story inspiring and uses the girls and boys of SAC and DSG to interpret this story through dance movement.
Report by Dumisa Lengwati & Cindy Archillies
Inspired 20th anniversary of democracy in South Africa as well as the performativity and kitsch visuals of birthday parties, anniversaries, celebratory customs, gluttonous festivities, Communions and the Last Supper, #omnomnom, a live art experience, critiques and explores notions of celebration and commemoration. Krastin invites his audience to pull up a chair, break bread and eat him.
Report by Siyavuya Makubalo and Rhea MacDonald
CueTube speaks to Nicola Haskins and Bailey Snyman: choreographers/performers of the dance theatre piece If These Bodies Could Speak. A dramatic representation of relationships in a technologically-charged world, the piece uses distinctive lighting techniques to dramatise the story of the ups and downs that accompany love. Snyman was the Standard Bank Young Artist for Dance 2012 and Haskins was awarded the Standard Bank Ovation Award in 2011.
Report by Rhea MacDonald and Dumisa Lengwati
CueTube reporter chats with festinos about their prefered feasts on Grahamstown’s High Street.No comments
Report by Natalie Austin, Campbell Easton, Rhea Macdonald, Jason Randall & Leila Dougan
A concert at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown launched a new series of stamps In honour of ten of South Africa’s musical legend. The South African Post Office commissioned a series of stamps of icons Bernoldus Niemand, Brenda Fassie, Johannes Kerkorrel, Kippie Moeketsi, Lucky Dube, Miriam Makeba, Simon Nkabinde, Solomon Linda, Spokes Mashiyani and Taliep Petersen,
To mark their release a tribute concert was held featuring songs of all ten artists. CueTube was there to catch it. We speak to Getty Similane of the SA Post Office, Ismail Mohamed of the Festival and Diane Thramm of the the Internalnational Library for African Music (ILAM) about the event.
Report by Natalie Austin, Campbell Easton, Rhea Macdonald, Jason Randall & Leila DouganNo comments
Report by Leila Dougan & Paddy Donnelly
Solo guitarist Derek Gripper transcribes Malian kora music into intricate and haunting poly-melodic compositions. The kora is a 21string harp-lute of the griot tradition yet he achieves the timbre on his six strings. The Cape Town based musician has won international acclaim for his distinctive style. John Williams described him as “amazing”. CueTube capture his sold-out performance at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown.
Report by Leila Dougan & Jenna Lillie
Anti-apartheid activist, Dulcie September, was assassinated outside the ANC’s Paris office in 1988. Her case remains unsolved although it is alleged that information she had stumbled upon relating to arms trading between France and South Africa, had put her life at risk. Before moving to Europe, she had been charge and jailed in South Africa for five years, accused of inciting ‘acts of politically motivated violence’. Shortly after her release, she applied for an exit permit and moved to Europe to join the ANC.
With: Denise Newman. Director: Basil Appollis. Written by: Sylvia Vollenhoven and Basil AppollisNo comments
Report by Leila Dougan and Deneeha Pillay
Velile Ben Mafani has been arrested on numerous occasions for throwing bricks through the windows of the High Court in Grahamstown. Long-time political activist Mafadi uses this form of protest to fight against the poor living conditions experienced in his community 20 years after democracy, and seeks redress for the pains of apartheid.
Report by Jenna Lillie and Dumisa Lengwati
CueTube checks out what’s happening at the Fingo Festival in Grahamstown.No comments
Report by Report by Lilian Magari, Noxolo Mafu and Aneesha Ndebele
CARGO: Precious is a dance collaboration which follows the story of how Saartjie Baartman was taken from South Africa and shipped to London to be exhibited as the Hottentot Venus, to be ogled for her African physique. Producer, Georgina Thomson, teams up with four Standard Bank Young Artist Award Winners: Sylvaine Strike, PJ Sabbagha, Concord Nkabinde and Fana Tshbalala to portray the journey of the young Saartjie Baartman.No comments
Report by Deneesha Pillay and Noxolo Mafu
Solo takes a magical, whimsical journey down what looks and feels like a moment of loneliness and loss through the story of a mother and daughter. Solo serves as Rhodes University’s offering to the 2014 Student Theatre Festival. This visual and physical theatre piece takes audiences into a surreal experience of remembering, mourning and trying to hold onto dreamscapes of the mind. CueTube spoke to newcomer and director, Hannah Lax, who shares the exciting development of this experimental and deeply moving production.
Report by Cindy Archillies and Megan Flemmit
Writer and performer of My Word! Redesigning Buckingham Palace, Basil Appollis and actress Denise Newman discuss the late author Richard Rive. Rive wrote about the forced removals which occurred in District Six. Rive’s works were initially banned during the apartheid era. Appollis and Newman provide the audience with insights into the author’s life. Although Rive’s book, Buckingham Palace, is quite well known, not much is known about the author himself.No comments
Report by Louise Fuller & Cindy Archillies
HeLa, written and performed by Adura Onashile recounts the story of Henrietta Lacks. Henrietta Lacks’ cell samples were taken without her permission and used for some of the most important scientific discoveries of the past 100 years. With the use of sheer strength and emotion Onashile provides yet another way for Lacks to live on.No comments