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.
On Monday 12 March we will host a lecture demonstration on Contact Improvisation presented by Jori Snell, Andrew Harewood & Thalia Laric who are guests in the Dance Section this quarter.
The session will be 90 minutes in length and will begin 15 minutes later than usual at 10.30. It is scheduled to finish at 12.00 noon.
Venue: Arena Theatre, Hiddingh Campus
With thanks to the Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Québec for its financial support.
The University of Cape Town Drama Department, in partnership with Magnet Theatre, The University of Cape Town College of Music, The Michaelis School of Fine Arts and Jazzart Dance Theatre, collaborated with some 700 learners in the Western Cape town of Clanwilliam on the 17th installment of The Clanwilliam Arts Project, one of the highlights of which is always the Lantern Festival that heralds the culmination of the event.
In a society facing climate change, the need for technology and the possibility of World War Three, one's identity is constantly challenged. When three millennials move into a newly constructed apartment in Cape Town, the last thing they expect is to move in with the people they are trying to run away from. These characters, from different cultures, take us on a journey through the menu of adulthood.
Drama students started their tours of schools and communities on 18 September at Zonnebloem NEST school. Extraordinary and specifically-made theatre pieces will travel to schools in Khayelitsha, Belhar, Claremont, District 6, and Lansdowne. Also featuring prominently will be performances reminiscing with older people in senior homes and an inclusive theatre piece with the Oasis Foundation.
Iyazika ... it's sinking, is an exploration of intergenerational memory, trauma and loss based on individual and collective wounds. It is an attempt to focus on those left behind when the men on the SS Mendi departed South Africa on the 21st February 1917 to fight in the Great War.
Far in the future, in a city where multiple groups of male militia roam and fight for territory, women band together for protection and safety in defunct basements and underground garages previously home to glittering sports cars. Technology has collapsed and except for a few privileged and secret spots cellular networks and cyber space have ceased to operate. It is a long time since fresh food was seen and contraband markets flourish.
A passionate and engrossing masterpiece by Canada’s award-winning playwright, Lilies employs the simple and singular elements of live theatre to tell a romantic and moving story of love, lies and innocence lost.
The Mothertongue Project’s, Womb of Fire is the starting point for an examination of the performing female body as the site of disruption where the body itself challenges the borders and boundaries of the body politic. The play uses a non-Western mythical frame that is fleshed out and localised through historical and personal intersections.
The UCT Drama Department are proud to be co-convenors of the academic programmes for the International Theatre for Young Audiences Research Network (ITYARN) Conference, and the ‘Cradle of Creativity’, 19th ASSITEJ World Congress and Festival – the first of its kind on African soil.