Head to the Hexagon Theatre to see the dark satire, ‘The Last Outpost’

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The Last Outpost stars Sabelo Cele and Sbusiso Mpendulo Nzama.

Running at the Hexagon Theatre on the University of KwaZulu-Pietermaritzburg campus from Thursday, May 25 to Saturday, May 27 at 7pm is The Last Outpost.

Written by UKZN MA candidate Francis Mennigke, a Standard Bank Ovation Award winner for his original script MORGUE in 2014, and directed by Rhodes University graduate, Josh Martin, this dark satire argues that today, 23 years after South Africa’s first democratic election, colonialism still exists.

But rather than imperial forts and army barracks, some of these spaces are psychological. Continue reading

National Arts Festival rewards arts community as festival closes

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Outgoing National Arts Festival artistic director, Ismail Mahomed.

ARTISTIC excellence was celebrated at the National Arts Festival on Sunday morning (July 10) when the winners of the 2016 Standard Bank Ovation Awards were revealed at a ceremony which also honoured outgoing National Arts Festival artistic director, Ismail Mahomed.

Commenting on the impact of the awards, Mahomed said: “The Ovation Awards have earned a significant gravitas in the arts sector. They have become a barometer for audiences and visiting arts managements about productions that should not be missed. Artists at the festival have been bold and have used their talents and skills to engage with burning issues in the most creative ways.” Continue reading

Standing Ovation Award for Gary Gordon

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GARY Gordon, the “father of South African physical theatre”, was presented with a Standard Bank Standing Ovation Award at a reception held at the Monument in Grahamstown, in honour of his “longstanding creative energy in South Africa’s cultural life and his enormously significant contributions to the vitality of the National Arts Festival’s main, fringe and arena programmes”. Continue reading

Defining dance production debunks female/male dynamic at National Arts Festival

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Nadine Joseph will be presenting her new work Looking/Seeing/Being/Disappearing… at this year’s National Arts Festival (NAF) in Grahamstown. Photo: Suzy Bernstein

Female identity and the way it’s generally represented and objectified, often through subtle if not direct sexualised subjugation, will be highlighted by a thought-provoking dance production, Looking/Seeing/Being/Disappearing… at this year’s National Arts Festival (NAF) in Grahamstown. Continue reading