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Announcing the winners of the Theatre Arts Admin Collective Emerging Theatre Directors Bursary. We are thrilled to announce that the winners of the bursary for 2018 are Thembela Madlki and Qondiswa James, both from the Eastern Cape. Thank you to Distell Foundation for making this wonderful bursary possible.
Thembela Madliki is a theatre maker from King William’s Town. She recently completed a Master of Arts degree in drama, specialising in Directing, at the University Currently Known as Rhodes (UCKAR). During her time at UCKAR she directed numerous productions, including the National Arts Festival (2016) student festival production Nyanga, an adaptation of The Crucible which won Best Student Production and Most Promising Student Director. In 2017 she returned to the National Arts Festival stage with her production Bayephi, which won the Standard Bank Silver Ovation Award. The production went on to be performed at the 2017 Cape Town Fringe Festival.
Thembela will be directing Where She Walked, an evocative re-invisioning of Mda's Heart of Redness. Dates of performance TBA.
Qondiswa James is a Black, Queer, Xhosa, Womxn from the rural Transkei. She is primarily a theatre-maker, performance artist, film and theatre performer, writer and post-colonial thinker. She considers herself a Performance-Maker. A recent Honours graduate from UCT, she has directed 2 Xhosa productions Emhlab’Obomvu (Red Earth) and Silindile (We Are Waiting). She has been involved in a number of indie award winning films, including the popular South African web series, The Foxy Five, Into Us and Ours and High Fantasy, the latter which has just had its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. Qondiswa considers herself both an artist and an activist and has been involved in a number of social justice rpogrammes in a variety of different settings that involve art and education. She continues to work towards a decolonised post-colonial ‘African’ continent and is part of the Curriculum Change Working Group commissioned by the university to work on a pedagogical framework for a Decolonised University. She is a founding member of To The Truth:Sizile, and Suicide for the Rainbow Project.
Qondiswa will be directing Fugard's Statements After An Arrest Under the Immorality Act which will run from the 27th May - 2nd June at 7pm.
ARTIST IN RESIDENCE - JANUARY & FEBRUARY
MANUELA TESSI is an Amsterdam based Italian dancer, teacher and maker who is artist in residence at the Theatre Arts Admin Collective until the 20 February. Here she is working on Music Dance 021, which consists of five weeks of open practice sessions, performances, and movement classes open to the local community of dancers and musicians. Her current work focuses on real time ( improvised) composed dance and the relationship between movement and live music in performance. Students, trainees and dancers of all ages are invited to take part and collaborate in sessions, classes and performances. The schedule of the activities is below. For information and questions please contact Manuela on firstname.lastname@example.org or Whatsapp on 0031615322913. Click here for facebook page.
Mondays 12-2 pm January15th , 22nd , 29th and February 5th ,12th
In these classes I combine my background in contemporary dance with improvisation technique to explore movement principles and pathways that feel logical and organic to the body. Starting from floorwork we will weave in and out of set material with special attention of phrasing and musicality. Participation fee R50
OPEN PRACTICE SESSIONS
Sundays 4-7 pm January 14th , 21st , 28th and 4th , 11th February
Sessions are open to dancers, musicians, theatre practictioners and will be facilitated by Manuela. The focus of these sessions will be interdisciplinary (music and movement) improvisation/instant composition towards performance. The sessions will be also a way to meet artists that are interested in proposing groups of dancers/movement artists and musicians for the weekly performances, and to have an overview of how to curate the line up of each event. Participation fee R50 (R20 concession)
Wednesdays 8 pm January 24th, 31st and February 7th , Friday February 16th and Saturday Feruary 17th
Each event will feature a few instantly composed pieces, each with a different grouping of dancers, musicians and a light designer who will create an improvised light setting. Thalia and I will curate the line up of the performances and will offer a rehearsal space with feedback.
If you have an idea for an improvised piece that you would like to show ( length can vary between 10 and 30 min) involving live music and movement please come to the sunday sessions and let us know. We hope also that musicians and dancers will meet each other during the practice sessions and will be inviting each other to collaborate for a performance.
CASA WRITING RESIDENCY - Philisiwe Twijnstra
Inspired by connections made by Canadian playwrights with South African theatre artists during the Women Playwrights International (WPI) Conference in Cape Town, 2015, CASA is a Playwrights Guild of Canada project that mentors young South African women playwrights and supports them financially in writing-time. Philisiwe Twijnstra is one of 3 playwrights who was selected for CASA 2018.
Philisiwe Twijnstra, is a Durban-based award winning South African performer, director and playwright and co-founder of Durban Women Playwrights. She was part of the novelscript project (2015) from which emerged her full length play Salty Pillows which took 2nd place at the Pansa Playwright Festival (2017). She was shortlisted for Short Sharp Stories (2017) for Little Black Sandals and is currently writing her new play Itshali and her first novel Just a girl. For the CASA Residency she will be based at the Theatre Arts Admin Collective to write her new play Not Enough Buses in Spring.
ANY BODY DANCE LAB - a TAAC, Goethe Institute, New Dance Lab and Any Body Zine partnership
ANY BODY DANCE LAB is a 6-week residency for artists based in and around Cape Town. The residency is hosted by New Dance Lab, ANY BODY ZINE and the Theatre Arts Admin Collective and made possible by funding from the Goethe Institute's GPS programme. The residency runs for 6 consecutive weekends (16 March -22 April 2018)
ABDL is a space for independent artists engaging with movement research and performance, who are looking to cultivate and extend their personal performance practice. The programme consists of a series of workshops in improvisation, somatic movement, composition and writing, as well as a facilitated space for developing performance practice. Workshops culminate in in-house and public performances, and a publication initiated through the writing workshops.
Call for application is now open. For more information, application details etc, click here. Application deadline is 5th February.
OBS YOUTH THEATRE
The Theatre Arts Admin Collective is thrilled to announce the formation of of the Obs Youth Theatre Company - a company for 13 - 20 year olds. The first production that will take place to create the company is Dennis Kelly's DNA. Auditions for the company will take place on Monday 22nd January from 6-9pm. For more information contact Caroline on email@example.com. for more details, Read here