Standard Bank Ovation Awards

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Xova

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Young Woman brings a healthy child to life, her husband gets retrenched and loses his job, who then decides to abandon his family because he doesn’t want anything to do with the child or the idea of being a father.

Director: Joseph Komani
Written By: Joseph Komani
Choreographer: Mpho Maifadi
Music Composed By: Nebo Mafabatho
Featured Artists: Gina Mabasa, Nondumiso Mabena, Busisiwe Mazibuko, Nonhlanhla Dube, Nonstikelelo Mfene, Siseko Mvelelo, Zimkhitha Nyoka, Gomotsegang Rangwashe
Company: The South African State Theatre

Umnotho – The Economy

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A story about two South African waste workers that earn the minimum wage. They take us on a journey of how they got to where they are and they also highlight the different spheres of the economy. The play is set on a day with them where they are at work and are fed up of their barely moving standard of living.

Director: Mthobisi Khwela & Thobani Gama
Written By: Mthobisi Khwela & Thobani Gama
Featured Artists: Mthobisi Khwela & Thobani Gama
Company: Young Outreach Artists

Ekasi Lam – An Ode to Kwaito, Un-Owed to Kwaito

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Ekasi Lam – An Ode to Kwaito, Un-Owed to Kwaito presents the point of view that there is no genre closer to an accurate portrait of the township than kwaito. It posits that when closely observed, kwaito – and all its subsequent sub-genres – is the living literature of Johannesburg’s South Western Townships, and every kasi beyond Soweto’s borders.

Writer and director Jefferson Bobs Tshabalala together with musical director Bernett Mlungo use scamtho poetry as a vehicle to tell a unique township story about South African kwaito and how its vast catalogue has offered timeless, nuanced vignettes and a myriad insights into how the majority of Mzansi lives.

Much like hip hop, kwaito is ‘urban poetry’, an agent for social commentary through its lyrics and the statements its practitioners stand for. From points of charged political awareness to engaging with sociological issues, from cultural critique to astute personal introspection, kwaito’s themes and concepts are far reaching and formidable.

Director: J.Bobs Tshabalala
Music Composed By: Bernett Mlungo
Featured Artists: Simpho Mathenjwa, Mathews Rantsoma, Gugu Dhlamini, Lucky Ndlovu, Kopano Tshabalala
Company: Jefferson Bobs Tshabalala

Project Manager: Nontobeko Mkhatshwa

I Am Somebody

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Sirqus Alfon is the story of a group of friends who started out as street performers and ended up on big stages. Using their personalities as a starting point for drama and physical tension, the performers of Sirqus Alfon weave an infectious spell of unbridled insanity. Chaotic adventure with technical hi-jinx that you have never seen on the stage before makes Sirqus Alfon a unique artistic experience.

Hailing from Sweden, Sirqus Alfon presents I AM SOMEBODY – a unique high-tech musical innovation for the internet generation (and everyone else). Skilfully crafting an interactive comedy performance imbued with rhythm, humour and a touch of magic, they represent a genre entirely of their own in which the audience gets to be the star of the show.

Sirqus Alfon has been touring internationally since 2004 – from Chinese theatres to refugee camps in Palestine to burlesque clubs in New York. They have worked with the Swedish National Touring Theatre, Cirkus Cirkör, and Clowns without Borders. Sirqus Alfon appeared on Season 12 of America’s Got Talent and won the Pick of the Fringe Award at the 2017 Adelaide Fringe.

Featured Artists:  Martin Östman, Erik Rosales, Henrik Strindberg
Company: Sirqus Alfon

Creators: Martin Östman, Erik Rosales, Henrik Strindberg
Outside eye: Hugo Hansén
Assistant Choreographer: Sofia Södergård
Costume Design: Helena Andersson
Makeup Design: Agnes Kenttä
Creative Producer: Follow the Rabbit / Josefin Lindberg
Photo Credit: Klara Granberg

Birthing Nureyev

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Birthing Nureyev is based on the life of Rudolph Nureyev, Russia’s finest dancer who slipped through his keepers’ fingers to defect to the West on 16 June 1961. The work focuses on Nureyev’s dramatic defection and the KGB’s insidious attempts from behind the iron curtain to destroy his career, juxtaposed with his prodigious success in the West. Despite his fame and fortune, Nureyev was shattered when his country of origin denounced him and damningly charged him with high treason. Most disconcerting was his inevitable alienation from his loved ones, and his untimely death due to AIDS-related complications.

Director: Andre Odendaal
Written By: Henque Heymans
Choreographer: Ignatius van Heerden
Company: leftfoot productions

Set Designer: Kosie Smit
Dialect Coach: Weslee Swain Lauder
Animation / Visual Art: Naret Loots

Concept & Performance: Ignatius van Heerden

Siyahluma – Simunye

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Siyahluma – Simanye is a group of isiXhosa women who perform traditional music and dance wearing cultural attire. Songs are written in our language and celebrate our heritage, culture and traditions.

Director: Sindiswa Tshafuza
Written By: Sindiswa Tshafuza
Choreographer: Mr Phikela
Music Composed By: Sindiswa Tshafuza
Featured Artists: Ntabeni N, Sobekwa N, Maxama N, Qaba D.
Company: Siyahluma – simanye

Wake Up South Africa

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Join the live audience for this exciting morning TV-show! It’s election season and we have five special guests from across the political spectrum. It is bound to get heated! So, if you enjoy the occasional online rant or some rigorous debate, you’re in for a treat! Or are you?

Director: Loraine Beaton
Written By: Loraine Beaton
Featured Artists: Philani Mokoena, Ziyanda Mbodla, Jone Oosthuizen, Philangezwi Nxumalo
Company: Prompt

Fruit

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FRUIT follows a fragile life of a little girl called Matlakala in a township ravaged by crime and poverty. Matlakala finds hope in the hopeless situation, she is claiming her innocence back.

Director: Paul Noko
Written By: Paul Noko
Featured Artists: Matshidiso Mokoteli
Company: Sketch production

Swarm Theory

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SWARM THEORY is a playful theatrical investigation into the possibilities of collective human intelligence. Swarming the streets of Makhanda, an agglomeration of physical performers engage with their environment as a single collaborative organism, exploring the street corners, green spaces and market places of life. Each swarming is unplanned, immediate, dynamic and unique to its ecosystem of sounds, smells, rhythms and people. The swarm manifests a group mind — self sufficient, yet undirected and unpredictable, an adaptive, self-organising critical mass at the edge of chaos.

Created and directed by Well Worn Theatre Co’s Kyla Davis and physical theatre practitioner and theatre maker Daniel Buckland.