Arcade2021

Gavin Krastin

The Live Art Arcade was established in 2018 as a nomadic platform for young artists working in interdisciplinary live performance. Our aim is to produce and exhibit assemblages of experimental body-based live art performances: an arcade of durational, itinerant, and cyclical live art, where encounters happen simultaneously, leading spectators to structure their engagement with the performances as they wish.

This was evident in the inaugural event, Arcade2018, at Theatre Arts in Cape Town, and in Arcade2019, which took place in Makhanda/Grahamstown’s defunct power station as part of the National Arts Festival 2019. Due to the coronavirus outbreak, Arcade2020 migrated to Instagram where artists produced short performance videos of ‘insta(nt) actions’. Owing to the ongoing pandemic, the artists comprising Arcade2021 are continuing to explore the possibilities of live art in video and film mediums, but exhibited live, in space, and simultaneously (rather than online).

At the Live Art Arcade, the approach to creating and exposing live art and performance is that of collaboratively worlding a pluriverse in a speculative manner. If an exhibition or programme of live performance may be considered as an ecology of different worlds, then Arcade2021 strives to offer a constellation of portals into these multiple worlds.

Genre: Interdisciplinary Live Performance

Format: Installation Capture

 

Language: English

Ages: All ages

Duration: 8 – 31 July 2021

CREDITS

Artists: Rafé Green, Oupa Sibeko, Lungile Lallie, Kaulana Williams, Lukhanyiso Skosana, Noluthando Mpho Sibisi, Andi Colombo, Naledi Majola, Louise Westerhout, Roxanne De Freitas

Curator: Gavin Krastin
Dramaturge: Alan Parker
Graphic Designer: Rat Western
Social Media Manager: Nompumelelo Kubheka
Web Designer: Julia de Rosenwerth

Arcade2021 is supported by the National Arts Council of South Africa

exhibition catalogue

PRODUCTION CREDITS

For Rafé Green:

Director of Photography: Abigael Thompson
Performers: Rafé Green & Cyan Peppah

For Oupa Sibeko:

Director of Photography: Yassir Abdul
Editor: Uyiosa Philip Eweka
Project Manager: Brendon Bell-Roberts

For Noluthando Mpho Sibisi:

Music: Katlego Motaung
Vocals: Busisiwe Maphumulo, Nande Siko & Siphesihle Cele

 

 

For Louise Westerhout and Roxanne de Freitas:

Footage: Kimberly James Hale, Megan Choritz, Lorin Sookool & Kaulana Williams

For Lungile Lallie:

Editor: Nadine de Kock
Music: Paul Richard

For Kaulana Williams:

Director of Photography & Editor: Elijah Ndoumbe
Special thanks to the South African Jewish Museum

For Lukhanyiso Skosana:

Artistic Director: Simphiwe Shabalala
Directors of Photography: Cian Geraghty & Malusi Maseti
Choreographers: Thandeka Kakaza & Unathi Makhambi
Music: Concept Records & Lukhanyiso Skosana
Costume Designer & Make-Up Artist: Sheneve Tromp
Hair: Emoney Wigs (Esther Cupido) & Dawn Fischer
Special Thanks to Mars Baby (Jesse Meintjies), Dawn Fischer & Maeve Fourie

For Andi Colombo and Naledi Majola:

Co-Directors: Andi Colombo, Naledi Majola & Matthew Griffiths
Director of Photography & Editor: Matthew Griffiths
Special thanks to Baxter Masambe Theatre, Kathleen Stephens, Kiroshan Naidoo, Suhair Solomon, Tomas Bruce-Chwatt & Thembela Madliki

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

About the 10 artists comprising Arcade2021:

Rafé Green is a non-binary performing artist and choreographer currently completing a MA in Theatre and Performance at UCT’s Centre for Theatre, Dance and Performance Studies. Their main creative interest is in exploring the politics and poetics of (non-)relation and (dis)connection.

Oupa Sibeko is an interdisciplinary performance artist whose playful, often humorous, and at times satirical, approach deals with the matter and politics of the body. In his work, the body is framed as a contested site of labour and as an object that assimilates the spirit of the moment and adapts to its environment.

Lungile Lallie is a performance artist based in Cape Town. His work interrogates the body’s relationship with, and within, the metaphysical realm.

Kaulana Williams is a coloured performing artist and theatre maker from Cape Town. She holds a BA(Hons) from UCT as well as a MA in Drama from Stellenbosch University.

Lukhanyiso Skosana is an award-winning actress, theatre-maker, performance artist and vocal composer. Her practice is rooted in Fitzmaurice Voicework and guided by a desire to (re)imagine Queer Black performative historiographies.

Noluthando Mpho Sibisi is a South African storyteller who engages with writing, performance, and visual art as modes of complicating, archiving and canonising South African black women’s narratives.

Together, Andi Colombo and Naledi Majola comprise ‘Grouping and Ungrouping Forever’, a collective that is interested in improvisational theatre making methodologies and explorative interdisciplinary performance practices.

Louise Westerhout and Roxanne de Freitas are performance artists and friends who, as co-survivors, are finding new languages and performance modes to express and share their experiences of sexual abuse.

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