The Gordon Institute for Performing and Creative Arts (GIPCA) will host performances by two leading international contemporary dance companies: EIRA from Portugal and T42 from Switzerland. These performances will take place from 11-14 September at Hiddingh Hall, and follow on the heels of performances at Jomba! Dance Festival (Durban) and Dance Umbrella (Johannesburg) by both companies. The evenings of 11 and 12 September will feature T42’s Misato Inoue and Félix Duméril in Another Chopsticks Story and Swan. Another Chopsticks Story takes Madame Butterfly as a point of departure, using the famous opera to examine ideas around orientalism and identity, and false binaries between East, West, male and female; while Swan explores the physical, aesthetic and kinesthetic representations of innocence, vulnerability and elegance, as inseparable from pain, fear and guilt. “We may say white is the absence of color, as purity has no memory, while black is the saturation of colour as recurrent waves of pain and discreditable secrets. We look deeply into this profound despair, fear guilt and anger and we find a similarity to innocence, such as the infinite field of unfolding possibilities” comments choreographer, Misato Inoue. The second company, EIRA, will perform Our Lady of Flowers and The King in Exile (remake) on the evenings of 13and 14 September. Our Lady of Flowers, a solo by Francisco Camacho, shares its title with the Jean Genet novel. Presented in over forty venues in Europe and South America since its première in 1993, the piece employs a choreography of convulsion, obsession, failing physiological systems, and of the collapsing body – a dance of absolute sensual experience. It is an invocation of ghosts, of ridicule and laughter, of sensuality and obscenity. In The King in Exile (remake), Camacho draws inspiration from the figure of Dom Manuel II - the last king of Portugal, known as "the Patriot" or "the Unfortunate," who ascended the throne after the . . .
Historian Catherine Burns will pursue a dialogue between indigenous health cultures and biomedicine as part of the Medical Humanities series onThursday 29 August. This public lecture will take place in the Anatomy Lecture Theatre, UCT Hiddingh Campus. In The bricolage of health and healing in South Africa; Burns will explore the absence of an institutionalised, interdisciplinary relationship between the humanities and medicine, in light of the layered and heavily politicised history of South African Health systems throughout the 20th Century – a legacy which continues in various forms in the present. Drawing on the case study of an indigenous healer who sought a complex and sustained dialogue with biomedicine; this lecture will employ literary analysis, archival research, anthropology and political history in its discussion of South Africa as a unique and fertile site for the exploration of these dynamics. Given its evolving indigenous health cultures and alternative therapeutic systems, which co-exist with biomedical structures, Burns wi ll argue for South Africa as an emergent tri-continental frontier for the study of Medical Humanities. Catherine Burns is a historian and interdisciplinary researcher educated at the Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research (WiSER) as well as at John Hopkins and Northwestern Universities in the USA. Her work focuses on sexuality, reproduction and health in an African context. She has published papers on the history and anthropology of health and traditional medicine; medical midwifery and nursing education; state versus missionary and community-based health services; the politics of sexuality and sexual health, and on cultures and histories of gender formation. Burns is co-convenor of the WITS “Body Knowledge” Conference at WITS in September 2013, an editor for the humanities Journal African Studies, and is on the board of the Adler Museum of Me dical History. She is the Principal Investigator for the Project on Sex . . .
The Gordon Institute for Performing and Creative Arts (GIPCA), in partnership with Drama for Life, will host a public lecture and workshop by Drama Therapy pioneer, Professor Robert J. Landy. The lecture will take place on Friday 30 August, and the workshop on Saturday 31 August, both at Hiddingh Hall, UCT Hiddingh Campus. Landy’s public lecture titled “Performance Healing”, will be followed by “Drama Therapy in Clinical Practice” - a specialised Drama Therapy workshop open to Arts Therapists, Psychologists, Social Workers, Educational Psychologists, Occupational Therapists and other health care professionals, as well as Applied Drama and Theatre Facilitators/Educators, and students in the above mentioned fields. Hailed by Eric Booth, editor of Teaching Artist Journal, asproviding“an extraordinary and needed service to the fields of psychology, psychotherapy and the arts. His insights illuminate distinctions we have not seen before, trace paths that re-order our grasp of the past, and point to the evolution of trends that suggest a more creative and healthy future." Robert J. Landy is Professor of Educational Theatre and Applied Psychology, and Director of the Drama Therapy Program at New York University. As a drama therapist, he has more than 35 years of clinical experience, having treated children and adults with a wide range of psychiatric, cognitive and adjustment challenges. A pioneer in the profession of Drama Therapy, Landy lectures and trains professionals internationally. Landy has published and produced numerous books, articles, films and plays in the fields of Drama, Drama Therapy, Musical Theatre and related topics. His 2008 book The Couch and the Stage: Integrating Words and Action in Psychotherapy examined the relationship between psychotherapy and Drama Therapy. His 2012 book (with David Montgomery), Theatre for Change: Education, Social Action, Therapy; examines the relationship between Drama Therapy and applied forms of theatre. An . . .
The first incarnation of the 2013 Theatre Arts Admin Collective Emerging Theatre Directors Bursary is a production called Detritus, presented by Alan Parker at the Theatre Arts Admin Collective from 12th to 17th August. At the heart of Detritus is an imaginative and playful engagement with the intangibility of live performance. It is about watching and feeling and about the struggle to capture, keep, remember and ultimately share the intangible. Alan Parker is a Cape Town-based teacher, choreographer and performer. “Having just moved to Cape Town at the beginning of the year, after spending many years with First Physical Theatre in Grahamstown, this opportunity is perfectly timed for me. It has provided a platform for me to make a new work, in a new city, in a new space, with new people. So I do not feel comfortable – everything is unfamiliar – and I believe that is the best space to make compelling theatre!” comments Parker, who is grateful for the opportunity which the bursary provides, to “really engage in a creative, open and non-restrictive process “. Parker explains that for the last few years, he has been interested in the notion of the archive in relation to live performance. By its nature, performance is ephemeral, disappearing just as quickly as it appears. When the event is over, nothing of the actual performance remains, except for the detritus - in the form of costumes and props and the (often flawed) recollection of the experience in the memories of the audience. Conscious that the terms ‘choreographer’, ‘theatre-maker’, ‘performer’ and ‘director’ are fluid and are not easily separated, Parker and his cast (Richard Antrobus, Indalo Stofile and Madele Vermaak) began their process based on their own personal experiences of watching theatre; to discover ways that the body, the voice and the remaining ‘artefacts’ can combine in interesting, moving, playful and effective ways. Parker is also working with his partner and collaborator, Gavin . . .
The Gordon Institute for Performing and Creative Arts (GIPCA) will host a lecture and workshop on entrepreneurship and independent practice in the arts, on Wednesday 7 August 2013 at Hiddingh Hall. Facilitated by leading arts professionals Liz Bradley (Professor and Chair of Drama at Tisch School of the Arts, NYU) and Anne Mundell (Associate Professor at Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Drama), this workshop is aimed at creative and performing arts practitioners, students and administrators, as well as arts-based businesses and community organisations. Bradley and Mundell’s Self Start workshops are designed for practitioners from a range of creative disciplines. Particularly relevant to the current economic climate, thecontent includes a varied set of adaptable entrepreneurial strategies, with direct applications in the performing and creative arts. Their workshops have had substantial international impact, engaging students and professionals from Hong Kong to Glasgow. This lecture and intensive workshop, titled The ‘Self Start’ Paradigm: Artistic Practice and Entrepreneurship’, will highlight the basics of the entrepreneurial process, create an awareness of practical resources and enhance participants’ ability to respond creatively to challenges in realising their work. Self Start aims to foster an understanding and mastering of the attributes and skills necessary for effective entrepreneurship in the arts, independent from existing structures and models. Topics discussed will include defining core ideas, evaluating potential arts ventures, attracting stakeholders, and maximizing creative and human capital. Professor Elizabeth Bradley is an educator, theatrical producer, festival curator, presenter, and international cultural consultant. She joined the Tisch School of the Arts, New York University as Chair of Drama in 2008, after heading the School of Drama at Carnegie Mellon University. Bradley has a wide-ranging career of almost three decades in . . .
Cape Town based, Michael Haupt, is one of 100 authors from around the world taking part in this event, pioneered by author and motivational speaker, Gertrude Matshe. 100 authors from around the world have come together to write 100 books in just 40 hours. Their work will be revealed in the world's first ever mass social book launch, with accompanying series of YouTube video clips. When first-time author, Michael Haupt, heard about the project, he saw it as a great opportunity to get his message out. He successfully completed his book, titled ‘Would Jesus Tweet?’ - a handbook of radical marketing strategies for difference makers, disruptors and other troublemakers. Additionally, like all participants, Michael Haupt filmed a Reality TV style interview with Gertrude Matshe, which can be viewed at http://www.youtube.com/writeabookin40hours In order to leverage the large number of authors working together on the project, marketing agency AccuraCast devised a strategy to jointly promote all the works via a first of its kind social book launch, which includes promotion of their interview footage. According to Getrude Matshe, “We’ve invented a whole new way to sell books. This is no longer about passive posters and book reviews. These authors are real people, with real experiences and real knowledge to share. YouTube video allows them to share their stories with the world, in a real, personal way” Details of the project and the participating authors can be found at http://howtowriteabookin40hours.com/ About the Author After 22 years in the corporate world serving clients including Bank of America, Barclays, BT, HSBC, Hutchison 3G, O2, Powergen, Telefonica, Telenor, TeliaSonera, Unisys and Vodafone in Australia, South Africa, Spain, Taiwan, Thailand, UK and USA, Michael Haupt spent 2 years searching high mountain villages, remote monasteries and forgotten texts on a personal mission to uncover what’s missing in marketing and business. Combining his . . .
World-class university choirs from Yale and UCT will join in concert in a once-off performance at the Baxter Concert Hall on Wednesday 17 July 2013. The UCT Choir and renowned Whiffenpoofs of Yale University will perform excerpts from their respective repertoires, in a concert supported by the Gordon Institute of Performing and Creative Arts (GIPCA) and the South African College of Music (SACM). Every year, 14 senior Yale men are selected to be in the Whiffenpoofs, the world's oldest collegiate a Capella group. Founded in 1909, the "Whiffs" began as a senior quartet that met for weekly concerts at Mory's Temple Bar, the famous Yale tavern. The group has become one of Yale University’s most celebrated traditions, gathering a notable audience including Ronald Reagan, George Bush I and II, Bill Clinton, Mother Teresa, and the Dalai Lama. The group has performed in venues such as Carnegie Hall and the Lincoln Center, and for events such as The World Series, Saturday Night Live, The West Wing, and NBC'sThe Sing Off. Under the baton of conductor Andy Berry the Whiffenpoofs perform throughout the year within the United States, and travel internationally during selected periods. The UCT Choir is the most diverse musical group at the University of Cape Town. It is a fully student-run ensemble, welcoming students from every faculty and discipline, as well as alumni and external members. The fifty-person choir, currently under the direction of Kurt Haupt, was founded in 1985 and plays an active role in the musical life of Cape Town, also touring nationally. Singers and audiences are exposed to a rich variety of choral music from classical to contemporary genres, both sacred and secular. In 2010, the UCT Choir released its first CD, which featured music from its 25th anniversary year, and has since released two additional CDs. The concert will take place on Wednesday 17 July 2013, at 20:15 at the Baxter Concert Hall in Cape Town. Tickets cost R60 (adults) and R30 . . .
Longridge wine estate and restaurant recently received a Certificate of Excellence from leading travel website TripAdvisor. This prestigious award is granted to only 10% of the top-performing listed global businesses that have earned consistently high ratings from TripAdvisor travellers. Tripadvisor.com is considered to be the leading social travel network in the world and in 2011 the company claimed that over 100 million travellers have used the site. Now in its third year, the award celebrates hospitality excellence and is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveller reviews on TripAdvisor. The Certificate of Excellence was awarded to Longridge restaurant as over 90% of the reviews recommended the restaurant and commended its food, service, value and atmosphere. To qualify, businesses must maintain scores of four or more out of five by reviewers, something that only a select few manage to achieve. According to Jasper Raats from Longridge Wine Estate, they are delighted with this acknowledgement. “It is a great honour for us to receive this award and it shows that all our hard work is paying off when we receive this kind of feedback from our guests. The restaurant prides itself on its classic country cuisine, inspired by the freshest produce available locally and from our kitchen garden. Our consultant Marilou Marais and chef Bruce von Pressentin hand-pick our staff for their warm personalities to make guests feel welcome and then train them extensively to ensure the best service. Combined with our range of award-winning wines and stunning setting, this is proving to be the recipe for success,” mentions Raats. For more information, visit www.longridge.co.za or follow Longridge Wine Estate on Facebook or Twitter. ENDS URL: http://www.longridge.co.za Twitter: Facebook: YouTube: Author: Ronelda Visser from Peridot Communications. Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za. No of Images Uploaded: Two To gain access . . .
The Cape Craft & Design Institute (CCDI) has just produced a practical book for facilitators, which features creative workshop plans, resources and materials developed over many years. Published as an accessible resource (free to download from the CCDI website), the CCDI Creative Facilitation Guide is called boxcutter: a practical guide for the facilitator who wants to bring out the creativity in everyone, especially those who make things by hand. The guide is based on the methodology developed by the CCDI over the past 11 years (offering creativity workshops to the Western Cape craft sector) to address limited production capacity, lack of product innovation and poor product quality. “As a facilitating organisation, most of the institute’s work is about reshaping the dynamics of a system; and building people’s capacity and confidence to mediate their way, successfully, through the system,” said CCDI Executive Director Erica Elk. “The CCDI viewed the problem of copying and lack of origination as a function of limited exposure to new ideas, isolation from the market place, and a lack of process techniques to stimulate fresh thinking. “It’s not just about education, or lack thereof, but about access and exposure to resources, networks, contacts, opportunities and ideas.” Over the institute’s first decade, it developed processes aimed at growing craft producers’ ways of seeing and at giving them the skills to stimulate their creativity and become their own product developers and innovators. The CCDI’s first attempts at building this methodology were project-based, followed by annual programmes and activities that included the development of the visual awareness and creative skills of craft producers. This, over time, gave rise to the integration of creativity workshops as well as visual awareness stimulation sessions as part of the CCDI’s annual training programme. The recognition of the value of this approach by some key funders made it possible for . . .
Twelve years of dedication to growing a highly successful craft and design support organisation have culminated in a major award for its executive director. Erica Elk of the Cape Craft & Design Institute (CCDI) is the 2013 social entrepreneur winner in the Businesswomen’s Association of South Africa (BWASA) Regional Achiever Awards. Under her dynamic leadership, the not-for-profit CCDI’s influence is reflected in a database that has grown from 60 to over 3800 enterprises. These support an estimated 15 000 jobs and income opportunities in the Western Cape. The CCDI’s own staff complement has grown from two to a specialist team of 31 permanent staff in 12 years. Elk has, with her team, developed a comprehensive range of CCDI services in the categories of market, business and product support. Over R20 million of product sales have been facilitated since 2001, as well as providing support that ranges from mentoring to creative and business workshops. Elk attributes the CCDI’s success to being extremely results-oriented and outcomes-driven, while being tuned in to what it takes to be a creative small business owner – coupled with a big vision for the potential of the sector. “At the same time we are a learning organisation that is constantly evaluating, assessing and reviewing what we do, how we do it, and how we can do it better. We also try hard to maintain a professional but human approach to our engagement with our primary stakeholders – the craft producers and other players along the value chain.” Another key success factor has been growing a team of mature professionals with sector expertise and specialist knowledge. This has helped build the internal resources and capacity of the CCDI, so that it provides constant, consistent support to producers. The CCDI is now acknowledged as one of the provincial government’s leading Special Purpose Vehicles. Elk is also on the boards of prominent organisations such as the National Arts Council (chairing . . .