Zen Marie and Andrew Lamprecht consider seminal writings on cricket in a discussion as part of GIPCA’s Great Texts public lecture series, on Thursday 16 May at Hiddingh Hall. Marie and Lamprecht will examine two books about cricket written over a century apart and very different in intent, style and content, yet in a peculiar way tied together by the narratives and realities of colonialism, class, and agency. K.S. Ranjitsinhji’s The Jubilee Book of Cricket (1897) and Herschelle Gibbs’s To the Point (2010) form the basis of their investigation. The former is a homage to the diamond jubilee of Queen Victoria, the ‘Empress of India’, and the noble sport of cricket. It was written by Ranjitsinhji, an Indian prince who played for the English national team, becoming the first ‘non-indegene’ to represent a nation in sport. The latter book, a ‘ghost written’ autobiography, describes a contemporary South African figure who perhaps needs less introduction, having achieved as many accolades as he as courted controversy. Their presentation will take the form of an exchange of readings and ideas that will seek to go beyond the boundary that cricketing literature conventionally occupies. The cross-readings will tease out connections and contradictions inherent in the form of cricket - and beyond over the hundred years that separate the two books. The discussion will be framed by the work of C.L.R. James – influential Tinidadian-born social theorist, political activist, historian and journalist. James’s Beyond a Boundary, first published 50 years ago and still considered a seminal work on cricket, asks in the Preface: "What do they know of cricket who only cricket know?", taking up the challenge of commenting on the game in social, historical and autobiographical contexts. Zen Marie lectures at the WITS School of Arts, where he tutors senior undergraduate students and supervises Masters students. He studied photography at the Market Photo Workshop and thereafter . . .
Acclaimed novelist, playwright, curator and cultural critic Jane Taylor will discuss the creative process behind her research and staging of After Cardenio, created in relation to the so-called ‘missing’ Shakespeare play, at the Anatomy Lecture Theatre on Hiddingh Campus, on Thursday 9 May 2013 as part of GIPCA’s Great Texts public lecture series. Commissioned by Renaissance scholar Stephen Greenblatt to create a work in hypothetical relation to the so-called ‘missing’ Shakespeare play, Cardenio, Jane Taylor first staged After Cardenio in 2011 at Hiddingh Campus’s historical Anatomy Lecture Theatre. In ‘After After Cardenio’, a lecture which brings together visual studies, performance studies, the history of medicine, the origins of neurology, and the history of philosophy, Taylor not only discusses the creative process behind this project, but also considers the volatility of creative engagement with archives. After Cardenio’s playtext arose from a scholarly engagement with the story of a seventeenth-century woman, Anne Greene, hanged for infanticide, whose body was given over for an autopsy at Oxford University. Greene revived on the anatomy table, and Taylor’s research led her to explore the startling events in relation to the history of neurology and the intersection of Philosophy and Natural Science in the early days of Natural Philosophy at Oxford. In After Cardenio, Taylor explores the obsessions with the body/soul split, theorised by Descartes, who died the same year that Anne Green was hanged, using distinctive puppetry idioms (with a puppet created by sculptor Gavin Younge). Tracing a link between the research of key seventeenth century thinkers, Taylor considers the significance of this episode on the thinking of John Locke, who became one of the great theorists of identity in the seventeenth century. Thomas Willis and William Petty were the anatomists involved in the ‘Anne Green episode’. Willis subsequently invented the term ‘neurology,’ and . . .
2011 Donald Gordon Creative Arts Fellow, Lance Herman, will be in conversation with artist-curator Josh Ginsburg at a public seminar hosted by GIPCA and the UCT English Department on Thursday 18 April at 13:00. The conversation concerns Herman's interdisciplinary fellowship work Eliezer - which took the form of two books (Middelburg and My Bedroom Wall) and two music albums (Hall of Dreams andKnots). Herman has since gone on to activate the performative aspects of the project, showcasing Eliezer nationally, including at the National Arts Festival, Grahamstown (2012). The interview-conversation aims to explore some of the origins of Eliezer, and its changing form and contexts, as well as open a more general discussion related to creative practice as a research methodology within University curricula. Using the Eliezer project’s trajectory as a framework, the discussion will also look into the complexities involved in transposing the project from the University setting into other contexts, and the ongoing challenge of a sustainable dialogue between these often dislocated arenas. Lance Herman holds an MA in English Literature from the University of Cape Town (2010). His MA dissertation dealt with the later novels of J.M. Coetzee, but importantly looked at the relationship between philosophical and literary language, and included creative-language experiments within the formal essay. In 2011 Herman was a Fellow at the Gordon Institute for Performing and Creative Arts (GIPCA). Currently Herman works in corporate consulting, is a free-lance writer, and a practicing musician touring within South Africa. Josh Ginsburg holds a degree in Electrical-Mechanical Engineering (2004) and a Masters in Fine Art (2011) both from UCT. He is a practicing artist and curator, and works part-time in the Fine Arts Departments of the Universities of Cape Town and Stellenbosch. This event will take place on Thursday 18 April 2013at 13:00 at Arts 116, University of Cape Town . . .
Award-winning and provocative playwright Mike van Graan engages in conversation with author and critic Brent Meersman about What it means to be a playwright in South Africa in the 21st Century, at GIPCA’s Great Texts, on 16 April 2013 at 17:30. “Playwrights who actually manage to see their work staged are thin on the ground in South Africa. Van Graan is one of the few practicing playwrights who has had significant success in the past decade with a dozen acclaimed works. He constructs morally complex situations and dramatically layered scripts dealing with highly controversial socio-political topics” comments Meersman. In this staged conversation, Van Graan and Meersman consider what role and function theatre has in the new South Africa, asking if the "well-made play" has become an arcane activity, and how the playwright negotiates a culturally diverse audience and country. Mike van Graan is the Executive Director of the African Arts Institute (AFAI), a South African NGO based in Cape Town whose two-fold mission is to help develop leadership for the African creative sector and to build regional markets for African artists and their creative works. Until recently, he also served as the Secretary General of Arterial Network, a Pan African network of artists, cultural activists, creative enterprises and others engaged in the African creative sector and its contribution to human rights, democracy and development on the African continent. After the country’s first democratic elections in 1994, he was appointed as a Special Adviser to the first minister responsible for arts and culture where he played an influential role in shaping post-apartheid cultural policies. In 2011, Van Graan was appointed by UNESCO as a Technical Adviser to assist governments in the global south to develop cultural policies aligned to the UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions. He was appointed as Artscape’s Associate Playwright and . . .
This year, Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden celebrates its Centenary. The Botanical Society of South Africa, formed as a civil society in June 1913 to support the establishment of Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden, also celebrates its Centenary. During this milestone year, the Kirstenbosch Centenarians, some of the plants that have survived over the last 95 to 100 years, are taking centre stage both in Kirstenbosch and at BotSoc’s annual Garden Fair. Many Centenarians are still growing where they were planted all those years ago. Some have propagated themselves vegetatively or by seed, while others have been propagated, or lifted and divided by Kirstenbosch Horticulturists, ensuring these original plants continue through their offspring. You can get to know these old-timers of Kirstenbosch by picking up the free Centenarians brochure at the Information Desk in the Visitors’ Centre and following the marked trail through the Garden. ‘Kirstenbosch Champion’ is a term Kirstenbosch horticulturists apply to selected plants that for various reasons stand out from other similar plants by virtue of their beauty, impact in the horticultural industry, great rarity or association with famous persons. Some of these plants are superior forms found in the wild while others have been improved by selection and breeding. A good example is Strelitzia reginae (Crane flower), which was originally collected in 1936. Yellow flowered forms of this plant are known in horticulture, but their colour is not stable. John Winter, Curator of Kirstenbosch from 1979-1999, began a project to increase the yellow-flowered stock. It took him almost 15 years of careful selection and hand-pollination and, by 1994, he was able to introduce a stable form of yellow Strelitzia reginae to horticulture. It was released and traded under the name 'Kirstenbosch Gold' until 1996, when the then National Botanical Institute (now SANBI) was granted permission to re-name it in honour of Nelson Mandela, as . . .
Easter weekend offers everyone a chance to enjoy leisure activities with friends and family. With Mi Casa & Natasha Meister performing at the Old Mutual Summer Sunset concert on Sunday March 31 at Kirstenbosch where else would you want to be? The most beautiful garden in Africa plays host to these performers at this penultimate concert of the season. As a destination Kirstenbosch is the perfect spot to picnic, enjoy great music or simply enjoy the ambience of this acclaimed Botanical Garden. With a concert stage that is overlooked by the majestic Table Mountain, musicians consider that performing on this stage to a crowd of 5000 is the pinnacle of their career and audiences are treated to the best that this country offers. Mi Casa has shot to fame in three short years, scooping up SAMA awards with their soulful house music and showing just how talented South Africa’s musician’s are. Groove to the sound of Mi Casa’s three members, Dr Duda (producer and club DJ), J’Something (vocalist and guitarist) and Mo-T (trumpeter) as they blend their musical talent to create a soulful sound. Warm house beats peppered with jazz trumpet and a fresh twist of soul, the Mi Casa sound recipe is rich and authentic. Since the band was founded in 2010, they have already won three SAMA Awards. No stranger to the Kirstenbosch stage Natasha Meister opens the show and, having been named SA’s very own Blues Queen, this singer – songwriter already has a strong fan base. In the three years since returning from Canada to her ancestral home in Africa she has carved a strong niche for herself on the blues platform. Soon after her first overseas tour in Dubai with Jimmy Thomas, Michael Roach and The Crossroads band, Natasha became South Africa’s first woman to be endorsed by Fender. Her recently released You Tube/Facebook videos are creating a big stir locally and abroad. She was endorsed by Lakewood Guitars in Germany. Her first album ‘Halfway, Natasha Meister band’ produced by Roger . . .
Nicholas Dougall of MTN-Qhubeka finished safely in the bunch on a slippery final stage to seal the overall victory in the four-day Bestmed Tour de Boland, presented by ASG, on Friday. Dougall, who holds dual Australian and South African citizenship, won the opening stage, an individual time-trial, to establish a 40-second buffer early on. The 20-year-old kept the leader’s jersey throughout the team time-trial and road race stages on days two and three to take a 50-second margin into the final day criterium. Team-mate Till Drobisch stole the show in the crit when he snatched both the points jersey and second place overall with a daring solo breakaway in dangerously wet conditions. JC Nel dropped down from second to third in the general classification to lock out the podium for the Potchefstroom-based team, which serves as a feeder unit for MTN-Qhubeka’s Pro Continental squad. Their Ethiopian colleague Estifanos Gebresilassie claimed the king of the mountains jersey following a powerhouse display in the 110km road race, which finished on top of the old Helshoogte pass above Stellenbosch the day before. Dougall described the tour as “an all-round kind of race” and said the different stages had offered something for every rider, with each course presenting its own challenges. “As a whole, the team rode really, really well throughout and helped me defend the jersey.” He said he was relieved to have finished in tact on a stage in which three riders, including ASG’s pre-stage favourite and sprint jersey winner Nolan Hoffman, crashed. “I was very nervous on the descents today. I’m not overly confident in the wet but I had JC with me through all the corners.” The former Brisbane resident said he was happy to be back on local soil and racing for the pan-African team. Nel said their victory in the tour, which visited Stellenbosch, Franschhoek and Paarl in the Cape Winelands, certainly boosted their confidence ahead of Sunday’s Cape Argus Pick n . . .
The East African climbers came to the fore on the queen stage of the Bestmed Tour de Boland, presented by ASG, in the Cape Winelands on Thursday. The MTN-Qhubeka feeder team’s Ethiopian rider Estifanos Gebresilassie outsprinted team-mate and countryman Getachew Yohans to take the 110km third stage by four seconds in 3:02:43. Rwanda’s Jeanvier Hadi, riding in the colours of MTN World Cycling Centre Africa, followed them home in 3:02:56. It was the third stage victory for the Potchefstroom-based team, placing control of the tour firmly in their hands. Australian Nicholas Dougall, who opened their account with a convincing win in the individual time-trial on Tuesday evening, retains the leader’s jersey with a combined time of 3:23:31. His squad mates JC Nel of South Africa and Till Drobisch of Namibia occupy the second and third positions in the overall standings in 3:24:21 and 3:25:00 respectively. Despite their comfortable lead, MTN-Qhubeka team manager Andrew Smith said his riders had gone all out for the stage win. “It was up to these guys to protect Nic and keep him in the yellow jersey and they did a good job of that. But their aim was not just to defend and control but to race aggressively, which they did.” The stage started with a 25km neutral zone from the Allée Bleue wine estate near Stellenbosch through the town of Franschhoek. Turning onto the Wemmershoek road, the bunch went into racing mode, with international track star and Franschhoek resident Nolan Hoffman taking the sprint prime at the 37km mark. After passing through Paarl, a split of 14 riders went off the front on the gravel climb towards the Taal Monument. The East Africans pushed the pace on the ascent, with Gebresilassie taking the king of the mountains hotspot at 47km. A daring breakaway after 70km by RSAWeb’s junior category leader Chris Jooste and MTN WCCA’s Calvin Beneke saw the two riders put a minute into the chasing bunch. The two youngsters worked . . .
In association with several local and international partners, GIPCA offers members of the Cape Town public two unusual experiences at the Africa Centre’s 2013 Infecting the City Public Arts Festival. One of the great socio-realists of his time, Charles Dickens captured the joys and tragedies of city life in his little-known non-fiction work, The Uncommercial Traveller. The book features people and places which inspired many of his future works and gives the reader a glimpse into the personal thoughts and opinions of a man fascinated by cities and those living in them. Dickens was particularly interested in the parts of a city which remain hidden from public view, and he could often be found wandering the back streets on late-night insomniac walks. Using this approach of seeking out forgotten places and uncovering hidden stories, participants in Punchdrunk and Arcola Theatre’s workshops explore the city and work in teams to devise, write and record short audio pieces over a five day period. Working with directors Owen Calvert Lyons (Arcola Theatre) and Raquel Meseguer (Punchdrunk), and acclaimed artist James Webb, 15 local theatre practitioners will develop creative and reflective audio-guided tours of locations in the city of Cape Town – journeys that allow audiences to see the city in a new light. The project will culminate in downloadable public guided tours of Cape Town, to be launched at the Infecting the City Festival. Known in the UK for their innovative approaches to theatre Punchdrunk and Arcola Theatre have worked closely with the British Council to reconceive The Uncommercial Traveller as an international project. To date, the project has travelled to Karachi, Melbourne, Penang, Singapore and Portsmouth. Curated by Winnie Sze, the collaborative project, Under Construction, involves the meticulous construction and spectacular public destruction of a complex wooden structure in the District Six Museum to ask poignant questions around what it . . .
Friday 1 March was International Wheelchair Day and Cape Town company Adapt To Change and Avondale Primary School in Atlantis marked the day by making a donation of bread tags to the Breadtags for Wheelchairs Foundation. The children from Avondale, in collaboration with Adapt To Change, had been collecting the tags since last year. “Please give a very, very big thank you to all the staff and learners at Avondale School who contributed so many tags,” said Mary Honeybun of the Breadtags for Wheelchairs Foundation. She added that so far the foundation has managed to give out 368 wheelchairs and last year alone 5-tons of breadtags were recycled and kept out of landfills. International Wheelchair Day was started 6 years ago by Steve Wilkinson in Australia. Steve was born with Spina Bifida and wanted to create a day that raised awareness of the needs of disabled people around the world and more importantly create the opportunity to celebrate the positive impact a wheelchair can have in someone’s life. Says Steve about Adapt To Change and Avondale Primary’s initiative forming part of International Wheelchair Day: “I'm honored to include you as the first event to be featured from South Africa and for the fact that you are working so hard alongside the school and Mary (of the Breadtags for Wheelchairs Foundation) to support one of the key aims of International Wheelchair Day (which is) to provide wheelchairs for the tens of millions of people who need a wheelchair to improve their quality of life.” ‘We are privileged to have played a small part in two such incredible initiatives that are making such a big difference in many people’s lives,’ said Johann Koegelenberg, Adapt To Change’s co-founder. Adapt To Change’s relationship with Avondale Primary started in July 2012. Said Koegelenberg: ‘All 3 founding members of Adapt To Change have spent significant time working in Atlantis and to this day we have family and friends residing in the area – it is an area close . . .