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.