The second incarnation of the 2013 Theatre Arts Admin Collective Emerging Theatre Directors Bursary is a production called Cantos Reborn, presented by Johannesburg-based PhalaOokeditse Phala at the Theatre Arts Admin Collective until 28th of September. Cantos Reborn explores the psyche of an unborn girl child, Nomakhaya, who refuses to be born into the South Africa that women know and experience, when she learns of injustices and violent crimes that victimise the girl children in the human world. Her choice results in a miscarriage, affecting the couple who would be her parents in innumerable ways. The creative ensemble comprises Iman Isaacs, Thando Doni and Alecia Daniels, with design by Kabelo Chalatsane. “I come from a background of community drama where one has to be an all-rounder in the theatre ensemble; an actor, writer, director, dramaturge, facilitator, singer, dancer,” explains Phala; continuing, “Having recently directed Nothing But The Truth by John Kani and adapted Franz Kafka’s short story, A Report to An Academy, it was time to revisit the process of creating devised work. Not only do es devising open up new avenues of thinking and producing knowledge (or at least new voices in existing knowledge), it is also the cradle of collaboration in theatre where each voice and body is equally important.” Expressing his gratitude for the platform to practice his craft and explore his inner theatre-maker beyond the scope of his studies, the Johannesburg-based theatre-maker and academic explained, “The Emerging Directors Bursary encourages new work and budding talent, and there is no other platform of its nature in the country!” Phala holds a Masters in Dramatic Arts (Performance Studies) through the Drama For Life Programme from the University of Witwatersrand. His original works include Killy Boy (2010), Ungasabi (2011) and Stains Inner (2012). His directing credits include assistant director to John Kani in Shakespeare’s Othello (2010), Mbeki and . . .
An illustrious creative team are busy putting the finalists through their paces, ahead of the 2013 ACT | DALRO | Nedbank Performing Arts Scholarship Awards. Jacques Bessenger and Dawid Boverhoff join forces as Artistic Director and Musical Director respectively, to bring out the best in some of the country’s top young creative talent as they compete for a chance to have their tertiary education sponsored. The Finals of the 2013 ACT | DALRO | Nedbank Performing Arts Scholarship Awards will be held at UJ Arts and Culture in Johannesburg later this month, where three scholarships, totaling R315 000, will be awarded to support the winners’ tertiary studies in the performing arts. Needing to prove their ‘triple-threat’ skills, the six finalists will each prepare singing, dancing and acting solos, and two group numbers, for performance in front of a live audience and distinguished judging panel. “It’s a privilege to work with some of the country’s top talent. Dawid and I have a great working relationship and both enjoy the organic development of creative processes. Working with young talent is a very fragile process and we try our best to make sure that the finalists have a life changing experience both as performers and human beings.” said Bessenger. Jacques Bessenger is well-known in the South African performing arts industry; working as an actor, theatre-maker and director. He has been the Artistic Director for the ACT | DALRO | Nedbank Scholarship Finals since 2010. Bessenger is best known for his role as Renier in the popular television drama series, Erfsondes, which earned him a 2013 SAFTA nomination and the ATKV Media Veertjie Award for Best Actor in a Drama Series. He received a NuMetro KykNET Silwerskerm Award in 2012 for his portrayal of the courageous Robert McLachlan in the critically acclaimed movie,Verraaiers and a Tempo Award nomination in 2013 as Actor of the Year for his work in Erfsondes and Verraaiers. Despite his roles in numerous film, theatre and . . .
The Gordon Institute for Performing and Creative Arts (GIPCA) will host a screening of films4peace, a unique annual short film commission by PUMA. This screening wil take place on Thursday 3 October 2013 at Hiddingh Hall. Now in its third year of exploring the subject of peace via the medium of film, the films4peace project is curated by Mark Coetzee, ex-Director of the Rubell Family Collection, supported by PUMA and produced by Shooting People. It features some of today’s most innovative contemporary artists, all of whom are asked to visually interpret the subject of peace. This year, six acclaimed artists have been commissioned to create short films around the subject of peace: South African artists Athi-Patra Ruga and Zanele Muholi, as well as Rob Carter(UK/USA), Wilmer Wilson (USA), Anthony Goicolea (USA), and Assume Vivid Astro Focus - an international group of artists known for creating multi-sensational mash-ups founded by Eli Sudbrack in 1994.The films include 35 mm live action, experimental animation and fine art approaches. The artists are selected for the quality and s cope of their work and their sensitivity in interpreting the theme. films4peace celebrates World Peace Day - an international United Nations day of ceasefire, and a day for individuals, organisations and countries to demonstrate acts of peace. These short films are released annually, on World Peace Day, at cultural and educational venues globally - from Human Rights Festivals to major museums, public spaces, youth leadership conferences and new media centres; from Dakar, Senegal to Miami, USA to Kashmir, India. In 2012, screenings spanned across 23 countries. In keeping with the spirit of the commission, the films are gifted to the world, within public domain and free from screening fees, as tools for peace. By releasing these short films as broadly as possible, on multiple live and virtual platforms, the aim is to effect positive social change and broaden the discussions around . . .
Professor Michael Godby will discuss Duccio’s famous fourteenth century altarpiece, Maesta, at the Gordon Institute for Performing and Creative Arts’ Great Texts public lecture series. This lecture will take place on Thursday 3 October at 17:30 at UCT’s Hiddingh Hall. On the 9th of June 1311, Duccio’s Maesta (or Madonna and Child in Majesty) was taken by a full assembly of citizens through the streets of Siena and installed on the high altar of the cathedral. This act of devotion effectively renewed the dedication of the city to the Virgin, the principal subject of the main panel. But, like all other Madonna and Child paintings, the Maesta also represented the Incarnation – the miracle, as Christians believe, of divinity taking on human form in order to redeem humankind from original sin. The image of the Madonna, therefore, is complex, involving not only votive significance expressed in both material richness and artistic skill, but also a fine balance in the figures of mother and child between their appearance as human actors and their status as the embodiment of theological truth. This lecture, Maesta: Mediaeval, Modern, Marvellous, explores the appearance of these ideas in both the main Maesta panel itself and the many narrative panels in the altarpiece that depict the story of Jesus. It will also demonstrate the parallels between the procession to the cathedral, which united the religious and secular powers in Siena, and the telling of the Christian story in theMaesta. Michael Godby is Emeritus Professor of History of Art at the University of Cape Town. He has published and lectured on Early Renaissance Art, English Eighteenth-century Art, particularly William Hogarth, Nineteenth- and Twentieth-century South African Art, and the History of South African Photography. Professor Godby has curated several exhibitions on South African art, notably Is there Still Life? Continuity and Change in South African Still Life Painting (2007) and The Lie of the Land: . . .
Of aristocrats and business tycoons, Horse Racing has for too long been seen as an old boys club with selective and restricted access. However, there is a slow burn for change sparked by S’manga Khumalo winning the Vodacom Durban July, which has shed a new light on racing. People are really taking notice of the lifestyle and networking opportunities that Horse Racing in South Africa offers and realizing that it is not that cliquey or complex to own your own race horse. You don’t have to have the background or family connections either. In the run up to the Emperor’s Palace Charity Mile on the first Saturday in November and the Sansui Summer Cup on the last, Imagine Racing would like to underscore the opportunities to be more closely involved as an owner, rather than just simply being a guest at the races. While it is viewed as a luxury pursuit, this lifestyle experience is not only limited to the very wealthy. Sharing in a syndicate with a group of friends has many benefits and is not as complex as it sounds. To demystify the concept, here are a few pointers: 1. A syndicate is a group of people who share in the ownership of a horse or horses. a. Syndicates can be made up of 5 – 20 people. 2. In order to race a horse, each individual or the syndicate needs to be registered with The National Horse Racing Authority of South Africa (Jockey Club). As a registered syndicate the NHRA grants the privilege of colours (an annually renewable registration), which allows you to race the horses that you own. a. Owners must also register an authority to act, which allows the trainer to act on behalf of the owners, in all training decisions for the horse. 3. The benefits of shared ownership mean that you enjoy all the thrill of ownership at a fraction of the cost: a. The initial purchase price of the horse and the monthly training fees are shared between the members. 4. The members decide on their level of outlay and each syndicate is structured to suit the . . .
This October Pieter-Dirk Uys will be entertaining his fans with his latest show “An Audience with Pieter-Dirk EISH”. His new show starts with 15 boxes on stage, with a member of the audience being asked to choose a number. The outcome of the box chosen will determine Pieter’s persona and mood for the evening. Moods include drama, comedy, farce or shocking expose. The show will take place in the Vodacom Amphitheatre on Thursday, October 3 and Friday, October 4 from seven thirty in the evening. Make sure to book your seats today from Computicket for R150.00 each. More Info link:: Twitter: Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/SiyathethaCommunications?ref=ts&fref=ts YouTube: Author: Christena Crause from Siyathetha Communications. Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za. No of Images Uploaded: One For high res version/s of these One image/s please contact: Siyathetha Communications Images: Photographer: Stefan Hurter . . .
South African superstar Steve Hofmeyr returns to The Boardwalk this October. He has sold almost two million records, tapes, CDs and DVDs during his career, and won a South Africa Music Award (SAMA) for bestselling South African artist in 2004. As an actor, Hofmeyr is the man soapy fans love to hate, with roles in Egoli, Scandal, 7de Laan and Getroud met Rugby. He also presented his own award-winning talk show “Dis Hoe Dit Is” - which was screened on Kyknet. Hofmeyr will be performing Friday, October 18 and Saturday, October 19 from seven thirty in the evening till late. Feel inspired to connect with your friends and family in the Vodacom Amphitheatre at the Boardwalk this October and get your tickets from Westway café in Newton Park or call them on 041 3650217. Tickets are R120.00 per person. More Info link:: Twitter: Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/SiyathethaCommunications?ref=ts&fref=ts YouTube: Author: Christena Crause from Siyathetha Communications. Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za. No of Images Uploaded: One For high res version/s of these One image/s please contact: Siyathetha Communications Images: . . .
South Africa’s multi-talented singer and songwriter Garth Taylor will be at The Boardwalk Vodacom Amphitheatre with his new show “The Live Experience” for one night only on Friday, October 25 from eight in the evening. Making his debut onto South African music scene in 1998, Taylor’s his include “Why”, “Only With You”, “If I Gave You My Soul”, “Home Again” and his cover, “Islands In The Stream”. Taylor’s latest album "Stripped Down Soul'd Out", received acclamation from the South African music industry, and is featured regularly on radio and television stations in South Africa. Make sure you get your tickets today for Garth’s one night only show. The “Best Of Garth Taylor” compilation album will be available at the event for R100 a copy and will be autographed. There will also be opportunities for the audience to meet and greet Garth, including photo opportunities with the man himself on the night. Tickets can be purchased from Computicket for R130.00 per person. More Info link:: Twitter: Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/SiyathethaCommunications?ref=ts&fref=ts YouTube: Author: Christena Crause from Siyathetha Communications. Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za. No of Images Uploaded: One For high res version/s of these One image/s please contact: Siyathetha Communications Images: Photographer: Photographer: Photographer: . . .
The acclaimed Blacks Only Bling Bling comedy tour comes to The Boardwalk this October as part of a national tour. With some of the country’s top comedians on stage in The Boardwalk International Convention Centre for one night only, fans can enjoy a night of comedy with a difference. On stage will be Marc Lottering, Skhumba, Jason Goliath, Thapelo ‘Tips’ Shampoo and the country’s top female comedian Tumi Morake. The MC for the night will be none other than David Kau, who was MC for Blacks Only nine years ago when the show started. It will be staged in Port Elizabeth on Saturday, October 5 from eight in the evening. Tickets are now on sale from Computicket, starting at R211 per person. Don’t miss out on seeing the flashy Bling-Bling tour this October at The Boardwalk. More Info link:: Twitter: Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/SiyathethaCommunications?ref=ts&fref=ts YouTube: Author: Christena Crause from Siyathetha Communications. Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za. No of Images Uploaded: One For high res version/s of these One image/s please contact: Siyathetha Communications Images: Photographer: Photographer: Photographer: . . .
Powerful voices showcasing silky smooth sounds are making their way towards The Boardwalk. Highly acclaimed entertainer Jayson King and the Queens will be performing in the Vodacom Amphitheatre on Saturday, October 5 from eight in the evening. The popular Musical Queens consist of Ruth Knight, Kashifa Blaauw, Sumaya Hendricks and Janine Cupido. Together with Jason King they will entertain fans with a selection of love and fun songs. Feel inspired to connect with your loved ones while Jayson King and the Queens entertain you. Get your tickets today from Computicket to avoid missing the show. Tickets cost R100.00 per person. More Info link:: Twitter: Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/SiyathethaCommunications?ref=ts&fref=ts YouTube: Author: Christena Crause from Siyathetha Communications. Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za. No of Images Uploaded: One For high res version/s of these One image/s please contact: Siyathetha Communications Images:FAILED%20(Temporary%20file%20could%20not%20be%20copied.) Photographer: Photographer: Photographer: . . .