Jul 10

Streets of Freedom close Fest 2016

Category: 2016

Report by Sarah Knight, Stephanie Shumba, Kayleigh Tuck & Nontobeko Gumede

Celebrating the 1976 generation, Grahamstowns’s streets filled with colours, sounds, sights and textures in a community-driven street parade with giant puppets, stilt-walkers, marching bands and street dancers. The Streets of Freedom parade is the cumlmination of the National Arts Festival event. Take your place along the route and witness giant puppetry, stilt-walking and costume-making offered by the National Arts Festival and the Creative City Project.

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Jul 10

Scorched – Jade Bowers. Standard Bank Young Artist for Theatre

Category: 2016,theatre

Report by Stephanie Shumba & Kayleigh Tuck

Jade Bowers is a director and producer from Cape Town selected as one of the five artists in 2016 to win the Standard Bank Young Artist Award. Scorched is seen at the Grahamstown National Arts Festival 2016. CueTube talks to her about her work and the award

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Jul 10

Barrera – the clowns

Category: 2016,theatre

Report by Sarah Knight & Nontobeko Gumede

Barrera is the story of two clowns in mourning. After the death of their best friend, the clowns try to carry on living, but what is the point? They still do their performance with card tricks and balloons, but all the glitter and glamour seems far gone. It’s a tough job but the best they can do is blunder on through drunken dancing and buckets full of tears, each mishap plunging the audience further into mirth, memory and pathos.

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Jul 10

As Ever Bessie Head

Category: 2016,theatre

Report by Ethan Van Diemen

Denise Newman stars in an new South African production, written and directed by Bobbie Fitchen. The play is a nuanced and insightful understanding of the “demons and scars” that drove Bessie Head to write so profoundly. As ever, Bessie shows a chance encounter in an airport lounge between the famed writer and an avid reader. Through this transient encounter, Head’s fears and delights are shared with the audience.

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Jul 10

Simphiwe Dana sings Zandisile

Category: 2016,jazz

Report by Zizipho Majavu & Ethan Van Dieman

Simphiwe Dana is one of South Africa’s most soulful singers as well as being a leading socio-political musical activist. Her music blends traditional African music with contemporary soul and shows hints of Gospel and Blues. She is a singing sensation in the world music scene.

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Jul 10

Home: An Unknown Experienced Existence

Category: 2016,dance

Report by Smangaliso Ngwenya & Dillon Lutchman

Home is a feeling, concept and sometimes a place we cannot discern. This Physical Theatre piece presented by Intlangano under the Direction of Nomcebisi Moyikwa investigates what home is and completely debunks the notion of home that we allocate to a physical building or place. It is an immersive experience using childhood memories, home signifiers and more to all evoke and find the desire, emotion and safety which we allocate to our homes.

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Jul 10

Falling of the Horn

Category: 2016,theatre

Report by Athini Majali, Dillon Lutchman, Zondelela Njaba & Armand Mukenge

Falling of the Horn uses visual art to exhibit the experiences of xenophobia in modern day South Africa. Sam Pennington, a drama Masters student at Rhodes University worked with Grahamstown locals to bring this piece of art to life.

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Jul 10

Noko Yo Bokamoso – Lerato Shadi

Category: 2016,art

Report by Dillon Lutchman, Bracken Lee-Rudolph & Ethan Van Diemen

NOKA YA BOKAMOSO is an exhibition that encourages dialogue about where we are as a nation and our ability to re-imagine a collective future. Artist and creator Lerato Shadi brings together video, painting, music and performance to create a narrative interrogation on the social constructs surrounding black South African woman through her visual works. The exhibition forms part of a larger movement from Shadi’s past works which encourage fresh debate over constructs of racial, socioeconomic and nationality-power constructs by placing the artist in a dual position of vulnerability, through visibility, and dominance through performance style; ultimately creating a metaphor of South Africa’s checkered racial dynamic.

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Jul 10

LookingSeeingBeingDisappearing

Category: 2016,dance

Report by Smangaliso Ngwenya & Nontobeko Gumede

Looking/Seeing/Disappearing is a new dance piece choreographed and performed by Nadine Joseph. The Piece is an exploration of the disappearing woman/women/feminine other in contemporary South Africa.

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Jul 9

Action Kommandant: 29 years since the death of Ashley Kriel

Category: 2016

Report by Kellan Botha & Dillon Lutchman

Film director and producer, Nadine Cloete, talks about her film, Action Kommandant, which commemorates the life and activism of Ashley Kriel.
Saturday, 9 July 2016 marks the 29 year anniversary of the “Che Guevara of the Cape Flats” and the documentary is screened at the National Arts Festival and several venues nationally in Grahamstown.

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Jul 9

LookingSeeingBeingDisappearing

Category: 2016,dance

Report by Smangaliso Ngwenya &Nontobeko Gumede

Looking/Seeing/Disappearing is a new dance piece choreographed and performed by Nadine Joseph. The Piece is an exploration of the disappearing woman/women/feminine other in contemporary South Africa.

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Jul 9

Disrupt – the director’s take

Category: 2016

Report by Kayleigh Tuck & Stephanie Shumba

Meet the journalists behind the powerful documentary Disrupt screened at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown.
As anti-rape protests intensified at Rhodes University after the #rureferencelist release, a team of journalists from Activate student news produced a documentary that explores and reflects on the events and issues behind the protests on rape-culture.
Director Michael Dorfling discusses rape-culture in South Africa and his position as a male director, as well as what people, particularly men, should be doing at this point in time.

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Jul 9

One Man, One Light

Category: 2016,theatre

Report by Kellan Botha & Bracken Lee-Rudolph

Originally created for a lighting trade show, an extended version of Michael Taylor-Broderick’s ‘One Man, One Light’ inspired the CueTube team to get creative.
Performed by Mpilo Nzimande and MC’d by Liam Magner, the show is a 20-minute physical theatre piece which follows a man and his interaction and relationship with a mysterious, shape-changing light.

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Jul 9

The business of magic with Brendon Peel

Category: 2016

Report by Michael Dorfling & Bracken Lee-Rudolph

Brendon Peel is a Rhodes University business student who has performed at National Arts Festival for the past six years. His illusion shows have captivated audiences, and he considers himself both a performer and an entrepreneur. In this CueTube interview, he discussed how to be a successful self-funded performer at National Arts Festival. He also delivers some on screen magic.

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Jul 9

My Body My Life My Decisions

Category: 2016,dance

Report by Stephanie Shumba & Kayleigh Tuck

The Rainbow Theatre Company performs a dance piece that is focuses on hate crimes in South Africa, particularly towards gay and lesbian people. The dance captures incidents of hate crimes in South Africa and use contemporary dance to tell the stories of the victims – to give a voice to those who are part of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) community who have been silenced.

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