Posts Tagged ‘national arts festival’

Anelisa Stamper is one of the many 'mime' street performers during the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, South Africa. He catches our attention with his colourful attire, 7 July, 2015. ©Zandaley Bothma

Local children line the streets of Grahamstown during the National Arts Festival. You can’t miss them – they are everywhere. Their faces are painted white with a mixture of chalk and water; some are wearing absurd outfits, wigs, boxes on their heads, colourful glasses or striking dresses; no movement, they are standing absolutely still.

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Jason Jacobs performs in Ashes on 6 July 2015 at the National Arts Festival.  Ashes is a hard-hitting two-hander chronicling the life of a young gay man through the eyes of six characters.  (Photo: CuePix/ Amanda Horsfield)

Find extra information – links, reviews, videos, tweets – on the Ovation Award winners, performers, writers and directors here. Updated daily.

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Asanda Mqiki performs at the Rhodes Club, Grahamstown, 07 July 2015, at the 2015 National Arts Festival. Mqiki is a product of the National School of Art and has performed in Sweden and Maputo, she explores new arrangements of old favourites as well as performing her original work. Photo: CuePix / Jane Berg.

Cue Pix photographers have been roaming the streets and stages of Grahamstown in search of moments suitable for social media site Instagram. Various photographers captured these portraits on 8 July.

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Irene stephanou performs in her show, 'Searching for Somebody' in Grahamstown on  3 July 2015 at the 2015 national Arts Festival. The Show is centred around a manageress of a dry cleaners suffering from multiple sclerosi. (Photo: CuePix / Jeff stretton-Bell)

There are so many reasons I want to love Irene Stephanou’s solo show, Searching for Somebody.

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Richard Antrobus performs in Suggestion Box #justsaying. Photos: CuePix/Amanda Horsfield.

This is the most unconventional interview imaginable. It takes place at the Village Green, where a crowd has gathered around a large Perspex box. The interviewee, performance artist Richard Antrobus, is the iconic whiteface mime inside the box, and the public are posting questions on pieces of white paper. I am among the young children and adults asking questions and making suggestions to the man with the striped shirt and black beret.

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Our world is warming, thanks to us humans. That is what the science says (even if the cranks might beg to differ). And yet what do we do? We continue to hunt for ways to get our fossil fuel fix.

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Brett de Groot and Kay Mosiane in Simply Broadway at the Beethoven Room, Grahamstown, 05 July 2015, at the 2015 National Arts Festival. Loved classics from the Great White Way are stripped down to the basics with piano accompaniment, but not lacking in charm or grandeur when delivered by this duo. Photo: CuePix / Jane Berg.

“This one’s for you,” Brett de Groot says, after spotting my reluctant hand go up to answer his search for any press in the house. He launches into a brilliantly executed song and tap dance routine to the tune of Leaning on a Lamppost, concludes the dance, points at me and says, “Review that, bitch!”

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What happens when you give five writers the same book to read and then ask them to create a 10-minute dialogue based on the book? Zulu Crush Dialogues is a Think!Fest presentation of the five different scenarios created by the writers based on their interpretation of Zulu Crush, a book written by Roel Twijnstra about a young Dutch man who falls in love with a Zulu woman, Zandile. She follows him to the Netherlands but do they have their happy ever after?

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Two time Emmy nominee, Loyiso Goyo performs his State of the Nation show during the 2015 National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, 6 July 2015. Photo:CuePix/Ruan Scheepers

It’s hard to imagine the host of Late Night News nervous, but Loyiso Gola was visibly so when he began his talk at Think!Fest.

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Iain ‘Ewok’ Robinson performs in YOBO: You’re only born once in the Thomas Pringle hall in Grahamstown on 8 July 2015; at the 2015 National Arts Festival. Robinson’s spoken word and poetic lines are used to tell the story of a solitary white South African man, discovering his position in a post-apartheid SA and realises the contemporary issues we face that link to our history. (Photo: CUEPIX/Niamh Walsh-Vorster)

I employed many delaying tactics, displacement activities if you prefer, before sitting down to write this review (see Chapter One of Mordecai Richler’s novel about a writer, Joshua Then and Now). The thing is I really like the little that I’ve seen of Iain “Ewok” Robinson’s work. He’s extraordinarily accomplished – a musician and composer (you may know his Blue Gene band) and a wordsmith of epic slampoetry proportions.

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