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Home: An Unknown Experienced Existence

July 10th, 2016 | 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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LookingSeeingBeingDisappearing

July 10th, 2016 | 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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LookingSeeingBeingDisappearing

July 09th, 2016 | 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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My Body My Life My Decisions

July 09th, 2016 | 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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Pulp – The audience raves!

July 06th, 2016 | Category: 2016,dance

Report by Bracken Lee-Rudolph & Dillon Lutchman

Audiences were enthralled with Pulp from Cape Town’s Underground Dance Theatre. Pulp is a physical theatre which explores stereotypes of film noir genre in surreal archetypes in movement and dance.

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Sold! – Themba Mbuli, Standard Bank Young Artist for Dance

July 06th, 2016 | Category: 2016,dance

Report by Smangaliso Ngwenya & Ethan van Diemen

Colonisation, history and genocide are captured in a dance piece Sold! created by Standard Bank Young Artist Winner for Dance, Themba Mbuli. This piece follows the journey of twenty skulls of German genocide victims back to Namibia, their home. It specifically focuses on four female skulls to retell history, colonisation and genocide through the experiences and the gaze of women.

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GA(Y)ME(N)PLAY

July 06th, 2016 | Category: 2016,dance

Report by Mihlali Ntsabo & Tsholofelo Tselaemang

GA(Y)ME(N)PLAY; a physical theatre piece choreographed by Rhodes University Masters Drama student, Kamogelo Molobye, explores conceptions of masculinity and the challenges faced by black queer men in society.

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Days like these

July 04th, 2016 | Category: 2016,dance

Report by Smangaliso Ngwenya & Zizipho Majavu

Days like these is a Verbatim Theatre production that uses multiple projections of images, voices and dancing bodies. It is based on six dancers who collaborate in physical and spoken-word storytelling of their everyday memories.
The choreographer Lliane Loots tells how the production is a response to the words of Nigerian author Ben Okri.

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The Firebird burns brightly

July 04th, 2016 | Category: 2016,dance

Report by Smangaliso Ngwenya &  Tsholofelo Tselaemang

The Firebird, originally produced and performed in 1910, takes on a modern, uniquely South African identity in 2016.
It delves into navigating post-apartheid South Africa, looking at the conflicts and winds of change blowing over South Africa in 2016.
Choreographer, Jay Pather and, director, Janni Younge explain how they introduced South African elements like pantsula, gumboot and classic IsisZulu and Setswana dances to the show.

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Amaz!ng 2016 kicks off #NAF16

July 02nd, 2016 | Category: 2016,art,dance,jazz,music,theatre

Report by Sebastian Burger, Bracken Lee-Rudolph, Zondelela Njabo, Zizipho Majavu, Athini Majali & Mihlali Ntsabo

The 42nd National Arts Festival kicked off at the 1820 Settlers Monument in Grahamstown on Wednesday, 29 July.
MEC of Sport, Recreation Arts, and Culture, Pemmy Majodina was present alongside Makana Mayor, Nomhle Gaga, and Arts Festival CEO Tony Lankester. Earlier in the day at the press briefing the National Arts Festival’s government funding and Grahamstown’s water crisis were discussed.

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Amaz!ing 2016

June 29th, 2016 | Category: 2016,art,dance,jazz,music,theatre