WEDNESDAY 01 JULY

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vNAF Festival Pass - R600

Access all Content on the vNAF & Jazz programme from the premiere date until 16 July 2020. Excludes vFringe Shows

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vNAF Day Pass -
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Access all shows premiering on this day until 16 July.

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The opportunity to experience Brett Bailey and Third World Bunfight’s Macbeth is one of the highlights of the vNAF. Bold and boisterous, Verdi’s opera set in a modern-day Democratic Republic of Congo declares its politics with a brash appeal to “make the Congo great again.” A Balkan orchestra and South African cast bring what critics called “a complete integration of music, text, drama, and politics” to an even wider audience than its initial international tour. From across the border comes another musical gem with the VR traditional dance, theatre, science fiction musical film from Botswana, The Cosmic Egg. Hunters follow an unusual ostrich egg to the future with a soundtrack comprising original compositions and opera. Futuristic is what comes to mind when watching choreographer David Middendorp’s Airman. The technological wizardry which allows one dancer and a fleet of drones to perform in scintillating synchronicity is breath-taking. More than a decade of development has allowed this collaboration between man and machine – a neat solution to social distancing in dance performance. As digital exhibitions and festivals become more commonplace the revised curatorial approaches required are discussed by filmmaker, photographer and TMRW gallery curator Brooklyn J Phakathi.

Scenes from the South

Literature Exhibition

The first major exhibition of papers and artefacts from the JM Coetzee archives at the Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas at Austin, and Amazwi South African Museum of Literature in Makhanda, to mark the occasion of JM Coetzee’s 80th birthday.

Death and Birth in My Life

Documentary 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: Taku the Caterpillar

LIVE Storytelling 14:00

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 Seven

2020 FEATURED ARTIST - MUSIC

A fascinating glimpse into the life and music of the 2020 National Arts Festival Featured Artist.

Nathi Bantu

Jazz

Afropolitan Comics: Drawing on Folklore

WORKSHOP AVAILABLE AS A RECORDING

African comics creators discuss the success of the graphic medium for storytelling and keeping mythology and folklore alive in the contemporary world.

Attempt on Dying

Live 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 Time

Film

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.

FELIX MENDELSSOHN (1809 – 1847) OCTET IN E-flat, Opus 22

Music

The Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra, established originally more than 100 years ago, is in the forefront of quality classical music and education in South Africa.

FRANZ SCHUBERT (1897 -1828) Piano Quintet in A, D 667, ‘Trout’

Music

The Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra, established originally more than 100 years ago, is in the forefront of quality classical music and education in South Africa.

VUKAZITHATHE (Maskandi Documentary)

A WORK BY STANDARD BANK YOUNG ARTIST FOR MUSIC, NATHATO MAKGOTA

Standard Bank Young Artist for music offers a reflective documentary celebrating the music and life of maskandi artist Bhekizenzo Cake, aka Vukazithathe, from Dweshula, Kwa Zulu Natal, who has acted as a mentor and musical collaborator to Mokgata since 2012.

The Cosmic Egg

Dance, Theatre SciFi Musical

Follow the Cosmic Egg through space on an adventure from the past to the musical future.

Virtual Black Out: Experiments in the Future of Form

Digital Art and Theatre collaboration

POPArt and Fakugesi Festival come together on a project that engages form as the spark for new collaboration in digital theatre making.

How to Pitch An Animated Show Idea

WEBINAR AVAILABLE AS A RECORDING

Join Mike Scott (creator of Moosebox for Nickelodeon International and Dogshow with Cat for DisneyXD) as he explains how to pitch your animated show idea.

Virtual Black Out: Discussion with the Artists

SESSION AVAIABLE AS A RECORDING

Join in a live session on collaboration between theatre makers and digital artists.

The Voice in Your Head

LIVE 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.

After God’s Own Heart

Whatsapp Performance 18:00

What wouldn’t you say to secure your afterlife? Join this interactive multilingual WhatsApp performance directed by Palesa Matabane. Free

Lagos at Large

Short 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 distance

INTERACTIVE 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.

Macbeth

Theatre, Opera, Performance Art

“One of the most brilliantly conceived and executed theatrical productions I have seen anywhere in many years…” DC Metro Theater Arts, Washington

 

Curating for the Digital Age

WEBINAR AVAILABLE AS A RECORDING

A short look at curatorial practices and exhibition models that operate as platforms for displaying, producing and disseminating artwork through and with the use of digital technologies.

Ami Faku

Jazz

One of South Africa’s fastest-rising Afro-soul stars