The hiatus in school attendance seems a perfect opportunity to reflect on the education system and A Howl in Makhanda does just that. Race, class and privilege are interrogated through the experiences of two pupils at a boarding school. The work is a catalyst for necessary conversations and has sparked fierce debate at previous stagings. Less debatable but as emotional, the reunion of two close friends in Jigsaw occurs across continents in an innovative two-dimensional storytelling encounter in which audience members participate. If it’s musical innovation that you are in search of, allow Chris Jeffery to guide you through a musical adventure as he teaches you to create music without musical instruments. Ordinary household objects, a mobile phone and a few apps are all that are required for you to create endless musical possibilities. While you are still reeling from those discoveries, Dylan Valley will share the challenges and possibilities of working in virtual reality and a 360-video format. His stereo documentary, Azibuye – the Occupation, created with this technology is available for viewing.
TUESDAY 30 JUNE
UNESCO ResiliART: Reimagining festivals in the Global SouthDebate
Festivals offer a unique opportunity for celebration and for showcasing artistic excellence and experimentation to diverse audiences. Five festivals in the Global South consider possibilities and share practice in the new context.
A HOWL IN MAKHANDA: THE CONVERSATIONDiscussion
Dean Hutton, Mbali Williams and Tiisetso Mashifane wa Noni discuss themes from the play A Howl in Makhanda.
Lettres du Congo / Letters from CongoDance, Film
They live and dream in Kinshasa or Lubumbashi. Crisis has gone through. Five artists share their daily lives and reaffirm more than ever the urgency to create.
Death and Birth in My LifeDocumentary Theatre
This series invites the audience to listen in on a series of intimate conversations about the most moving and challenging experiences in life. Videos are available during scheduled times only.
isitimela Sendaba – The Story Train: The Chicken on my WindowStorytelling
11 days, 11 vibrant storytellers bring you a daily dose of African stories to engage and delight! Come journey with us on the ASSITEJ SA story train.
Songs are like the Grass: Madosini in Concert – Episode SixMusic
A fascinating glimpse into the life and music of the 2020 National Arts Festival Featured Artist.
Hailing from Port Alfred, Monde Fani is an Afro soul singer and songwriter who has been singing since he was a young child, honing his skills in his local church.
A HOWL IN MAKHANDATheatre
A Howl in Makhanda is a semi-autobiographical work about two black and two white South African teenagers at an elite all girls boarding school who break the rules and how the disciplinary board deals with them.
The Bach Cello Suites – Peter MartensMusic
Bach’s six suites for solo cello are profound and sublime. Leading South African cellist, Peter Martens performs the entire cycle.
Refiguring SpaceWeb VR
Committed to the exploration of technology and the visual arts, TMRW presents a web-based virtual reality experience.
Attempt on DyingLive Performance 18:30
Boris Nikitin relates the story of his father’s lethal ALS-disease and his own story of coming-out as a gay man 20 years ago.
Lo-Def Film Factory: Open TimeFilm
An experimental WhatsApp video workshop by young creatives from Cape Town made inside their homes and communities during lockdown. Be-Kind-Rewind-style amateur reenactments: low-budget film realness.
The Voice in Your HeadLIVE PERFORMANCE 11:00
A playful, interactive, live Zoom show exploring the nature of mindfulness. At times a performance, at other times a participatory game. Every day at 11am.
Azibuye – The Occupation: Working in VR/360° videoFilm
A workshop with award-winning filmmaker Dylan Valley on the challenges and possibilities of working in the 360 video format.
JigsawLive streamed performance 11:00
Simon has something in his head. Paul has lost someone. Jigsaw is a reunion of two close friends as they attempt to reconnect, to assemble the pieces of their lives, and to unpack thermodynamics. Free.
Lagos at LargeShort 360degree Film
History, colonialism, growth, nostalgia, decay and transformation collide in this introduction to Lagos, as three characters mould the identity of their megacity and where they belong in it.
Human Study #1 from a distanceINTERACTIVE PERFORMANCE 13:00-17:00
Human Study #1 is an installation in which humans can take part in online streamed performances in which they are drawn live by robots located in Belgium.
Dancing with my pastDance
The young and old light up the stage with music and dances found only in the Eastern Cape. A flagship product of the Department of Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture
PosthumanMusic / Visual Art
Posthuman explores the idea of intersections metaphorically questioning whether humanness, as it has been known to us, is currently at a crossroad.
Something from nothing: music with no instruments and a cellphoneWORKSHOP AVAILABLE AS A RECORDING
Create an entire song using only sounds generated from everyday household objects, recorded using a regular smartphone, and processed entirely using free software.