Rhodes University Drama Department Presents
A new devised work directed by Mwenya Kabwe
21, 22 & 23 May 2014
About the work | dynamic, fantastical, fresh
Age recommendation | 12 +
Duration | one hour
Tickets available at | Theatre Administrator (Room 107) | 09:00 – 13:00 weekdays
Ticket prices | R40 Public | R25 Students | R20 Block
Contact | Katlego 046 603 8542 (mornings only) | firstname.lastname@example.org
The Rhodes Drama Department proudly presents Astronautus Afrikanus, a work devised by the cast under the direction of guest director Mwenya B. Kabwe in collaboration with Lieketso wa Thaluki and Illka Louw.
This immersive work uses the source story of a rather colourful character in Zambian history named Edward Mukuka Nkoloso who in the mid 1960's was convinced that Zambia was going to beat the Russians and Americans to space. So much so that he started a Zambian space programme a year before Zambia's independence from Britain in 1964, and started to train a group of young people to be his Afronauts. Inspired by this story this production is an immersive work that invites the audience to discover the nooks and crannies of the Rhodes Main Theatre.
Astronautus Afrikanus celebrates imagination, invention, intellectual and creative freedom and indigenous African Knowledge systems. It is an ode to African thinkers, philosophers, pavement intellectuals and poets whose genius is undervalued, unrecognized and even ridiculed.
The audience is invited to celebrate exploration and discovery by creating their own journey through a working space station. They are encouraged to wear comfortable shoes and bring their spirit of adventure!
Astronautus Afrikanus features the work of a fabulous group of creatives intellectuals:
Danielle Van Der Merve
About the director | Mwenya Kabwe
Mwenya B. Kabwe is a Zambian theatre maker, performer, educator and mother. She has a Masters in Theatre and Performance with a focus on theatre making, from the University of Cape Town where she was a lecturer in the Drama Department for four years. She currently teaches performance studies and theatre making in the Drama Division of the Wits School of Arts.
Kabwe is a recipient of a number of awards including a Fleur du Cap, Naledi and the Handspring Award for Best Visual Theatre Production. Kabwe’s original work has been showcased at the Drill Hall in Johannesburg (Please Do Not Leave Your Baggage Unattended, (2007), Out the Box Festival of Puppetry and Visual Performance (for nomads who have considered settling when the travel is enuf, (2007), 27 Windows, 4 Doors, 2 Taps, (2010), Migritude’ Echo (2011) and the UNESCO Chair International Festival of Theatre Schools in Barcelona Spain (Afrocartography: traces of places and all points in between, 2008). Kabwe is also one of the seven 2007 Spier Contemporary winners for a collaborative performance work titled Unyawo Alunampumlo (The Foot Has No Nose) with Chuma Sopotela and Kemang Wa Lehulere. In 2013 she directed a site-specific version of her autobiographical choreopoem, Afrocartography: Traces of Places and all points in between, in and around the Wits Theatre in Johannesburg. Later that year the production was reworked to feature at the Afrovibes 2013 Festival in Amsterdam. She has also been recently named one of ‘Five female theatre makers in South Africa you should know’, by AfriPop magazine:
Media contact | Katlego Gabashane
Award-winning theatre company, Ubom! & the Rhodes Drama Department
are delighted to again bring you a new dazzling family show
BLEEK ISLAND ADVENTURE
DIRECTOR | Kyla Davis (Director of the Well-Worn Theatre Company) & Noxolo Donyeli (Director of Wangai)
Time | 9am & 11am
Venue | Main Theatre
There once was a place, a terrible, terrible place, where everyone was nasty and sad and full of anger; where no good things happened and where hope was but a dim shadow. On this Island of Bleek, was a single rule: “what's mine is mine, what's yours is yours and don't DARE make yourself at home”.
That is until, one day, a curious stranger arrived and everything on that awful Island changed forever...
BLEEK ISLAND ADVENTURE is a funny and moving family show about sharing, compassion and the spirit of Ubuntu. Join us and be thrilled and enchanted by magical storytelling and fun-filled song and dance.
This production features a sparkling company of talented performers.
BLEEK ISLAND ADVENTURE will be performed for Eastern Cape schools from Monday 23rd March to Friday 27th March. Please contact Zipho on 046 603 8771/ email@example.com as soon as possible to secure a booking.
Duration: 45 Minutes
Theatre in Motion ‘14
Exciting | Innovative | New
Box Theatre | Main Theatre
Rhodes University Drama Department proudly presents the programme for Theatre in Motion 2014. Theatre in Motion is an annual festival showcasing examination pieces from young, innovative and talented performers in the Drama Department tasked with creating original and inspiring theatre pieces from their extensive study over the year. This year’s Theatre in Motion consists of two programmes: Programme A which features Honours and Masters Choreography works, and Programme B which features Drama 3 Physical Theatre, Drama 3 Visual Theatre, and Honours Contemporary Performance works.
Theatre In Motion Introduction
By HOD Juanita Praeg
This theatre making and performance programme of examination work is devised as a way of featuring work from various papers and options in the Masters, Honours and the third year programme including contemporary performance, choreography, physical performance, visual theatre, site specific choreography and theatre design. Theatre in Motion 2014 highlights the corporeal imagination and investment in the making and performing of original theatre works and performance events.
I have noted a shift - or in some instances, a rupture - from more conventional ways of framing the performative event with many of the works engaging with new ways of envisioning and utilising the theatrical space. Quite a few of the works are site specific or demand a more interactive participation from the audience. A play with unusual and provocative ways of framing work, the inter- animating logic of engaging live technologies and popular forms of social networking in the performance moment and the sharing of new ways of disseminating performance-as-research reveal the diversity of approaches to perceiving and shaping the theatrical and performance encounter. These theatrical and performance experiments reveal that our students persist in questioning with curiosity and verve, the meanings of the performative exchange.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the staff of this department for their deep commitment to supervising and supporting these creative and performative encounters and for stimulating curiosity in their students - and also to commend the students on their dedicated work, energy and offerings.
Rhodes University Drama Department presents the annual programme for Theatre in Motion.
Theatre in Motion is an annual festival showcasing examination pieces from young and talented performers in the Rhodes Drama Department. Physical Performance, Contemporary Performance, Choreography and the new Visual Theatre all create superior theatre pieces from their extensive study over the year. The work is original and inspiring, intelligent, disturbing and delightful.