"Meeting Point’, in a decolonial turn, brings together artists in academia and the dance community and will centrepiece a beautiful commissioned work ‘Point of Connection’ by acclaimed choreographer and Artistic Director Sifiso Kweyama, of JazzArt Dance Theatre. Kweyama states that the work “interrogates the influence and dynamics of an individual’s internal connection to others”. Performed by thirteen UCT dance students, the captivating choreography contrasts small, intricate gestures with larger spatial formations to portray the ebb and flow of human connection. The forty-minute work is set to the melodic and dramatic scores of Marco Beltrami, Sipho Gumede, Paul Dukas, Ali and Toumani, Yanni and Theatre Fleas Orchestra. There is power in collaboration and the CTDPS are delighted to have this partnership with Sifiso and JazzArt Dance Theatre this year.
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.
African Gumbo is about celebrating Africa as a continent and its dynamic influences in the modern world through African and African Diaspora dances staged with 21st century interpretations. The month of May is celebrated as Africa month and it is an important event in the history of Africa. 25th of May signifies the rejection of colonial and imperial domination in the continent.
Dance has long been an expression of our humanity and a marker of traditional and contemporary cultural identities. The Dance section of the Centre for Theatre, Dance and Performance Studies at UCT presents Dancing Prism - a spectrum of rich, and at times, decolonial embodied conversations among and between traditional and contemporary dance heritages (Irish, Indonesian, African contemporary, Spanish, Classical ballet, Caribbean dance and contemporary dance).
The CTDPS is proud to present "YERMA: A Tragic Poem in 6 Acts". Yerma (meaning 'Barren') is one of three tragic plays that make up Lorca's 'rural trilogy'. It is possibly Lorca's harshest play, following a woman's extraordinary struggle for motherhood. Written in 1934 by the much celebrated Spanish writer Federico García Lorca, the play is a poetic blend of contrasting moods through which Lorca probes the darker zones of human fears and desires. The play's rich mode of expression - infused with poetic imagery, song and movement - also celebrates natural instinct, sexual attraction, fertility, creation and procreation.
The Centre for Theatre, Dance and Performance Studies (CTDPS) at the University of Cape Town (UCT) proposes to teach Dance and Theatre performance as modes of critical inquiry, creative expression, pedagogy and public engagement. We see performance as a public forum for contemporary ideas, allowing us to test and debate the central concerns of our time in a space that is at once critical, emotional, and collective. Through performance training and research, we aim to produce graduates with expanded analytical, technical and imaginative capacities. As a public institution, we place diversity and inclusion at the centre of our teaching, performance-making and public programming. Our curriculum will range from the classics to the contemporary with Africa as the central theme; it will cut across the traditional theatrical, dance and drama disciplines; it will span all corners of the globe while being cognisant of our place in Cape Town, South Africa and using the site of performance to deepen UCT’s critical education in the Humanities.