"NO SEX - A World of Gender" looks at both the individual's own as well as society's expectations of gender and sexuality. On display in a clinically white box are 4 bodies - 4 creatures - 4 people – 4 individuals. In this box, they take on a journey through a series of scenarios where they exaggerate, exhibit, accept and fight against confirmative and non-confirmative notions of gender and sexuality. They are both alone and united at the same time. Confused and in and out of love. With militaristic precision they go with the flow of mainstream to eventually seek out of and in chaos fight against it, but maybe never to break to free.
Dr Sara Matchett’s award-winning theatre production Womb of Fire addresses how centuries of violence in South Africa continue to play out on women’s bodies. Matchett is with the University of Cape Townʼs (UCT) Centre for Theatre, Dance & Performance Studies, and received her Creative Works Award at today’s graduation.
The CTDPS is pleased to host the Dorothy F. Schmidt Eminent Scholar in the Humanities and Director of the Center for Body, Mind, and Culture at Florida Atlantic University, Prof. Richard Shusterman as he presents his lecture: “Somaesthetics and Performance: The Adventures of the Man in Gold”
"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.