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Wednesday, 17 July 2019
Owen Manamela-Mogane Memorial

The CTDPS will host a special memorial service for our recent graduate and friend Owen Manamela-Mogane. We invite everyone to share this opportunity to acknowledge a life that touched so many in so many ways, through his unique abilities as a performer, his insights as a gifted student, his humble and caring nature as a friend. 

Publication Date:
Wed, 17 Jul 2019 - 13:30
2 Academic positions available at the CTDPS

The CTDPS seeks to fill the following academic positions with suitably qualified candidates:

• 1 Full-time Senior Lecturer/Lecturer in Theatre (Theatre-making and Directing)

• 1 Full-time Lecturer in Dance (Contemporary Dance)

Publication Date:
Thu, 27 Jun 2019 - 10:45
African Gumbo 2019

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. African Gumbo explores materials of decolonisation by focusing on telling Africa’s stories which are written by themselves and owned by themselves. This means ‘writing back’ against the ongoing colonialism and colonial mentalities that permeate our ways of being, education, media, government policies, and ‘common sense’. African Gumbo celebrates such a cause, through dance, African music, African cuisine and scholarly discussions in a resistive Nubian way…

Publication Date:
Mon, 13 May 2019 - 23:15
Mahareng: Passage of a Bird

Mahareng: The Passage of a Bird, based on a myth by Pule Welch and Samantha Nell, has been collaboratively made by the CTDPS 3rd year Acting students. The production considers migration and its associated challenges through tracing the passage of a bird that was born to a human King and Queen.  The bird is forced to take on human qualities.  When the nation realise that the boy-child is in fact a bird, they cast the King, Queen and their bird-child out.  Their only hope is for their child to remember how to fly.  They take him into the Land of the Dead to drink from the River of Remembrance.  He remembers how to fly and carves a path of stars through the sky for his parents to follow.  However, after the King, Queen and Bird have been cast out, power struggles over who should lead the nation erupt, resulting in civil war.  The land burns and everyone is forced to flee.  Their only hope is to follow the path of stars carved by the bird in the sky.  The production traces the many trials and tribulations they must face on this journey to ‘freedom’. 

Publication Date:
Mon, 13 May 2019 - 15:15