FRINGE 2018 – DANCE

A dip into the Dance programme at the 2018 National Arts Festival Fringe:

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ARENA PROGRAMME 2018

NATIONAL ARTS FESTIVAL FEATURED ARTIST

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Trailblazing dancer and choreographer Mamela Nyamza is this year’s Featured Artist, recognising her contribution to the South African cultural narrative. She has been invited to bring multiple works to the Festival.

STANDARD BANK YOUNG ARTISTS 2018

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Thandi Ntuli (Jazz), Jemma Kahn (Theatre), Musa Hlatshwayo (Dance), Igsaan Adams (Visual Art), Guy Buttery (Music) and Chuma Sopotela (Peformance Art) are this year’s winners of the Standard Bank Young Artist Award.

MAIN 2018 – PERFORMANCE ART

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put your heart under your feet… and walk / To Elu is Steven Cohen’s intense meditation on loss, grief and absence, following the death of Elu, his partner and artistic collaborator.

The Mothertongue Project’s WALK is a South African response focused on the gang-rape and murder of South African teenager Anene Booysen.

MAIN 2018 – VISUAL ART

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WARRIORS, COMRADES AND VOLKSTAAT KOMMANDOS is a retrospective of work by South African photojournalist TJ Lemon.

DOGHOUSE from Danish company Makropol invites a limited number of people to wear VR headsets and attend a virtual dinner party.

MAIN 2018 – THEATRE

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The UJ STAGED showcase productions include Wynne Bredenkamp’s AT THE EDGE OF THE LIGHT (South Africa), Joakim Daun’s THE INCIDENT (Sweden/Zimbabwe/South Africa), Greg MacArthur’s A CITY (Canada/South Africa), and TRACKS by Maude Sandham and Nicola Pilkington.

JUNGFRAU is the latest directorial work from 2016 Standard Bank Young Artist for Theatre Jade Bowers. Based Mary Watson‘s novel, the adaption is by Ameera Patel, who also takes a lead role. With Jacques da Silva, Tracey-Lee Oliver and Clara Classen.

Phillip Rademeyer directs MONSIEUR IBRAHIM EN DIE BLOMME VAN DIE KORAN, performed by Dawid Minnaar.

Swiss author and director Boris Nikitin rewrites HAMLET into a mix of experimental documentary play and music theatre. With Julia*n Meding.

 

MAIN 2018 – DANCE

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  • Standard Bank Young Artist for Dance 2018 Musa Hlatshwayo presents UDODONA, in which he explores the black male body.
  • Moving Into Dance Mophatong will celebrate its 40-year anniversary with UKUBONGA INHLONIPHO, a programme choreographed by Sylvia Glasser, Themba Mbuli and Sunnyboy Motau.
  • The 2018 ballet is ROMEO AND JULIET performed by Cape Town City Ballet under artistic director Robin van Wyk. 
  • Cape Dance Company presents INTERPLAY, a programme of works including SUN – THE RITE OF PASSAGE;  i-DOLLS, a restaging of work devised in 2009 by Featured Artist Mamela Nyamza;  HUSH; and Adele Blank’s SWEET ON BOB.
  • Indoni Dance will present IKHAYA from award-winning choreographer Sbonakaliso Ndaba.
  • The South African State Theatre presents KIU (the Swahili word for ‘thirst’), choreographed and directed by Mdu Nhlapo.
  • Pro Helvetia brings exciting work with a Swiss-Mozambican connection to Grahamstown with  Thomas Hauert’s  MAIS.
  • Renowned Mozambican performer Panaibra Canda’s TIME AND SPACE: THE MARRABENTA SOLOS explores the idea of today’s African body. With guitarist Jorge Domingos.
  • Mzokuthula Gasa’s AMAQHAWE  explores what would happen if those who died for our freedom woke up – what would they have to say?

MAIN 2018 – MUSIC

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  • GUY BUTTERY: THE MENDING will see the Standard Bank Young Artist for Music 2018 collaborate with artists to create cinematic soundscapes.
  • AFROPOETS, a one-night only (6 July) phenomenon, Urban VillageMadala KuneneThe Brother Moves On and Bongeziwe Mabandla.
  • Grammy Award winning artist SUZANNE VEGA will perform two concerts on 7 & 8 July.
  • CHORAL CONNECTIONS, performed by The Choir of Jesus College, Cambridge.
  • The GALA CONCERT and the CHILDREN’S CONCERT will be performed by the Eastern Cape Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Richard Cock and featuring pianist Charl du Plessis as well as 2018 Standard Bank Young Artist for Music Guy Buttery.
  • In partnership with the Standard Bank Jazz Festival, platinum-selling, proudly amaXhosa artist AMANDA BLACK.
  • AFRICAN EXPLORATIONS: CHAMBER MUSIC BY SA COMPOSERS from Liesl Stoltz features a collection of chamber music works for flute, cello and piano.
  • MAHUBE, an exciting regional music collaboration. Steve Dyer and Bokani Dyer have assembled an ensemble of 10 award-winning musicians.
  • In INDIGO, David Salleras and Christopher Duigan perform their own compositions as well as a selection of work from Spanish composer/saxophonist Pedro Itturalde.