Zakes Mda’s acclaimed first novel, Ways of Dying, will be presented by the Baxter Theatre Centre and UCT’s Centre for Theatre, Dance and Performance Studies, at the Baxter Flipside for six performances only, from 10 to 14 November at 7pm, with a Saturday matinee at 3pm, on 14 November. Adapted and directed by Lara Foot, who directed the work 20 years ago at The Market Theatre, the cast is made up of 14 fourth-year students from the University of Cape Town’s Centre for Theatre, Dance and Performance Studies.
Featuring graduating 3rd Year Theatre & Performance students, this partially translated isiXhosa adaption of John Kani’s debut as sole playwright, “Nothing but the Truth” uncovers the secrets of sibling rivalry, of exile, of memory and reconciliation, and the ambiguities of freedom in a fledgling democracy.
Onweer is about the abusive relationship between a father and daughter and makes powerful social commentary on the justice system in South Africa. This rendition is multimodal and was created within COVID-19 restrictions, treated as part of a physical conceptual approach to Gender Based Violence. While topics such as GBV and Sexual Abuse are of paramount importance, and needs the spotlight especially now.
Africa is raising its voice in dance discourses. Africa Speaks was an inaugural panel discussion on among dance scholars and artists on the African continent. The panel was convened by Dr. Alfdaniels Mabingo of Uganda and brought together distinguished dance scholars, administrators and practitioners from Ethiopia, Ghana, Rwanda, Uganda, Zimbabwe and South Africa to discuss dance practices in a changing world. Selected to represent South Africa were UCT dance academics Lisa Wilson and Maxwell Rani from the Centre of Theatre, Dance & Performance Studies. According to Wilson and Rani, holding such Pan-African spaces for the sharing of ideas and exploring this new territory of dance practices in the time of COVID-19 and beyond, as a collective, is relevant and significant.