Hailed as Shepherd’s richest and most penetrating play, A LIE OF THE MIND explores family dysfunction and the nature of love set against the backdrop of the gritty America West. The story alternates between two families in the wake of a severe and life-altering incident of domestic abuse. Through the play Shepard creates an alternately amusing and haunting portrait of displaced and irreparably damaged people, of broken connections, and of chronic lapses of memory. When the mind can take no more, it clings to old-fashioned beliefs and comforting rituals… or it survives by breaking down and rewiring its pathways.
The CTDPS will launch an innovative, new five-year research project at the beginning of 2019, Reimagining Tragedy from Africa and the Global South, funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. This project proposes to take a concept – tragedy - from the very beginnings of theatre in its European manifestation and to reimagine it from a perspective in Africa that is at once directed at the complex challenges of our global postcolonial present and towards our possible futures both inside and outside of the discipline.
THE CTDPS presents a programme of 4th year choreographic works with a selection of 2nd year choreographies presented earlier this year.
DATE: Tuesday 4 SEPTEMBER
VENUE: STUDIO THEATRE, DANCE, LOWER CAMPUS
Directed by Mandla Mbothwe and featuring the talents of both senior dance and theatre students from the recently merged Centre for Theatre, Dance & Performance Studies, In His Quest embodies a continuation of the pursuit for meaning in Steve Bantu Biko’s statement and mission towards a “Society with a more Human Face”. By combining the creative genius of choreographers Jackie Manyaapelo and Mzokuthula Gasa with musical direction by Nolufefe Mtshabe, In His Quest emerges with fresh, energetic representations of Biko’s words and quest. A visual and sensory exploration of thoughts and ideals through dreamlike imagery, merging multimedia, dance and performance to create a modern telling of an age-old struggle for identity, consciousness and dignity.