Posts Tagged ‘gerard bester’

Nat Ramabulana and Janna Ramos Violante perform in The Imagined Land at Vicky’s, Grahamstown, 10 July 2015, at the 2015 National Arts Festival. The Imagined Land is a new play by acclaimed writer Craig Higginson in which a famous Zimbabwean novelist, modelled on Nadine Gordimer and Doris Lessing, is confronted by her biographer with difficult memories from her past. Photo: CuePix / Jane Berg.

The National Arts Festival pretty much reflects the theatre scene as a whole. There is still not enough black theatre, and there are not enough black audience members. It’s largely a matter of economics but it’s also related to artistic will.

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The subject of repetition has long fascinated and stymied any number of philosophers, from Kierkegaard to Bergson and Deleuze. From where does our relentless desire to repeat and to form habits arise? Gerard Bester’s previous piece with the same dancers, Attachments nos 1-7 (2007) began an investigation into the processes of the patterns which bind a couple together. It was an exploration of the various domestic rituals that both breathe life into and trap an intimate relationship.

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IT isn’t every day that you get to see a very ordinary and possibly downright sleazy tale being told in such an extraordinary manner that it will put a lilt in your step and a smile on your face, for the sheer flawlessness in the telling of it. Bar Flies tells of unrequited love, sweaty spontaneous sex in a bar, the ridiculousness of the male species in his enactment of the mating game, but more than all of that, it tells of the endearingly foolish bravado and clumsiness which is a part of us all, and to which we can respond so directly.

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