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

The Mother of all Eating

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The Mother of All Eating is a satirical play that explores the debilitating culture of corruption and greed known as ‘eating’. This culture has become synonymous with corrupt state officials who enrich themselves by abusing government funds. This timeless classic, written by acclaimed playwright and author Zakes Mda, centres on a character called The Man, the principal secretary to a government minister. The Man is corrupt to the core, and has enriched himself as he’s moved through the ranks of government.

Set in Lesotho in the 1980s, the play exposes the catastrophic effects of greed and the tragic effects that accompany unchecked corruption.

Director: Christopher Weare
Written By: Zakes Mda
Company: CYBTT (Changing your Business through Theatre)

Cast: Nhlanhla Mkhwanazi and Luntu Masiza

A Place of Knowing

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This show acknowledges the contemporary voices and stories of young people living
in South Africa. Five performers transform their personal accounts into a series of
images, songs and monologues where they unpack and explore the complexities of the relationships we have with our parents as young people and how those relationships affect us or shape our lives.

Director: Billy Langa, Mahlatsi Mokgonyana
Written By: Devised by cast
Featured Artists: Thuto Gaasenwe, Ntumekelelo Siyepu, Sokuphila Mkosana, Sibulele Sabisa, Anathi Conjwa
Company: Intsusa in collaboration with Theatreduo

 

Flotsam

Director: Sam Pennington | Featured Artists: Ryan Napier

Clothes Maketh Woman

Company: ReRouted Dance Theatre

 

Tracks

STAGED SHOWCASE

TRACKS was part of the STAGED SHOWCASE.  An original Wits Theatre So Solo production. Performer: Maude Sandheim | Director: Nicola Pilkington | Written by: Maude Sandheim and Nicola Pilkington

ARENA PROGRAMME 2018