Emotional encounters This year’s dance line-up offered a series of emotional connections and vicious human encounters, conveyed through inventive prop design and fantastic bodily contortions. Stirring and captivating, Gregory Maqoma’s Exit/Exist was the highlight for many dance enthusiasts. Read the Full Story
Violations under spotlight The silent scourge of intimate-partner rape and our disconnection with our personal heritage were themes that resonated strongly at the 2013 Student Theatre Festival, with the University of Cape Town and the Market Theatre Laboratory emerging as the year’s big winners. Read the Full Story
Jazzmen and their jive At Think!Fest’s A Call and Response panel discussion, Mzwakhe Mdidimba (aka Sticks) who was in the audience asked, “Where is the South African jazz? We have no South African jazz now”. Panel member Louis Moholo, the avant-garde musician, who once played drums for the Blue Notes and the Brotherhood of Breath, basically endorsed Artscape’s indigenous arts manager’s opinion. Read the Full Story
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Violations under spotlight

Violations under spotlight

The silent scourge of intimate-partner rape and our disconnection with our personal heritage were themes that resonated strongly at the 2013 Student Theatre Festival, with the University of Cape Town and...

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Love conquers nothing

Love conquers nothing

It doesn’t get more up-to-the minute than this. Eqypt’s present political turmoil sees their Arab spring turning into a winter of malcontents. Yes, Cry Havoc is set in Egypt.

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Speaking up for the arts

Speaking up for the arts

In short, it’s a fuckup!” says Andrew Buckland. The actor, renowned for his explosive performance style,  is responding to news that Ubom! Eastern Cape Drama Company will be closing in August due...

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Jazzmen and their jive

At Think!Fest’s A Call and Response panel discussion, Mzwakhe Mdidimba (aka Sticks) who was in the audience asked, “Where is the South African jazz? We have no South African jazz now”. Panel member...

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Raising his voice

Vusi Mahlasela’s dynamic vocals and melodious guitar work became iconic symbols of the struggle   against apartheid when he was still in his 20s. Now, approaching his 50th birthday, this self-described ...

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Searching for soul

Blues is a music born out of black American pain and oppression, and a response to it. Whether it’s from the New Orleans red light district, the wind-torn streets of the south side of Chicago or the...

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Emotional encounters

This year’s dance line-up offered a series of emotional connections and vicious human encounters, conveyed through inventive prop design and fantastic bodily contortions. Stirring and captivating, Gregory...

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Amazing let-down

Gumboot dancing has always been a defiant form of expression, one uniquely associated with miners. Mines, mineworkers and Marikana are all part of the national debate so, walking into City Hall, my  expectations...

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Half-hearted dance theatre

Alone I Stack the Pillows is a form of dance theatre that weaves contemporary dance with acting.  However, in juggling both forms the STANZA Dance Company performers are unable to fully commit to  either,...

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Somewhere between walking and running

This year’s Festival programme has involved – younger audiences might use the word demanded – a fair bit of historical retrospection. Aside from a raft of productions revisiting key theatre pieces...

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Karma Chameleon

When I meet the materials I change like a chameleon,” Javier Quinapanta says, making wild hand gestures as he speaks of painting, art, traveling and bones. “Yes, bones,” he laughs. Bones are important...

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The rhino’s last stand

Rhino poaching is more than a conservation problem, it’s a battle against poverty and organised crime. A viable solution must  include law enforcement, education and debate, Julian Rademeyer said during...

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Doccie looks at education issues

The stark discrepancies in the Grahamstown school system are highlighted in a new documentary about   Madeleine Schoeman, who resigned as principal of Victoria Girls’ High School to take up the reins...

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Through an unconventional lens

It is always a bit hard to classify my father. Some call him a communist, others an anarchist, but I would say ultimately he is a pacifist,” said Patrick Watkins during a review of The Universal Clock:...

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When you abandon a special retrospective held in honour of your work to rather find a real life monster, the line between fact and fiction becomes very blurred.

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Yann Marussich has been  performing Bleu Remix worldwide over the past 12 years. In each country he invites a local musician to provide a live soundscape for the show, which he hears for the first time...

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Emotional encounters

This year’s dance line-up offered a series of emotional connections and vicious human encounters, conveyed through inventive prop design and fantastic bodily contortions. Stirring and captivating, Gregory...

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Violations under spotlight

The silent scourge of intimate-partner rape and our disconnection with our personal heritage were themes that resonated strongly at the 2013 Student Theatre Festival, with the University of Cape Town and...

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Fringe in a Flash

Bitches be crazy

A humorous interactive performance presented by a charming drag queen diva with an alter ego, Champagne and Miss Mary Scary. Vulgar at times but always cleverly compiled, I'd definitely recommend it if you're looking for a good laugh. Musical repertoire interlude provided a colorful break. Come in a good mood but if you don't she will get you into one.
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Simfonia

A one-man show about a man who suffers from hemiplegia but succeeds in writing due to his unwavering nature. Simfonia is a story of perseverance and shifting boundaries, told entirely in Afrikaans. To quote a member of thee audience Sikhumbuzo Manyathi: "it was good but the message was blurry because of the language". TM-FJP
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Shannon Hope

Shannon Hope sings of her struggles with love and her hopes for life. The accompanying piano is brilliant and blends well with her beautiful alto voice, which is full and well rounded with intricate tone variation. Her songs echo through your soul with the deep and heartfelt lyrics. One woman, one piano, blown away. EM
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