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.
Programme A – Wednesday 22 October and Friday 24 October
Honours Choreography works:
Choreographed by Ananda Paver
Venue: Main Theatre Recess
Set to the mournful music of a solo cello, Ikaros is a dance-based response to the myth about the boy who flew too high. Using stylised expressions of flight and failure, Ikaros evokes the fantasy of flight and the beauty of the fall.
Choreographed by Sandisile Dlangalala
Venue: The Dock
Set in an abandon warehouse where four male characters meet to escape their daily lives. Douche explores what it means to be masculine and the obstacles that are faced in keeping up the male bravado. Performed to the bone chilling sounds of David 'Glover Lover' Glover and Steven 'Ellers' Ellery.
Choreographed by Kamogelo Molobye
Venue: Box Theatre
“Life is a journey, and you add the traveller. Before you become, you must first go through”. Lefetlho is a dance piece that explores questions of culture and identity through the celebration of the performing body. It aims to create an experience for the audience, through the process of observing ritual performance, which allows them to be witness a transcendent space.
MA Choreography works:
Sipping Lapping Slap
Choreographed by Lexi Meier
Main Theatre Recess
‘Attachments are tentacles in your brain, vomit seaweed in your belly button and screaming stringy jealousy... You revolt me as much as you compel me... You intoxicate me and it is beautiful... Tomorrow the hangover will be terrible.’ Sipping Lapping Slap is an exploration of human attachment and an investigation into the intimate relationships that dancing bodies must physically (and subjectively) enter into with the performance space.
Created by Ester van der Walt
A tiny lady who has been told she is a terrible liar has trained for years to produce a fairly plausible lie. She knows that fiction in the theatre is dangerous, because “Fiction is the Truth inside the Lie” (according to Stephen King). So she will avoid creative thought and rely on fact alone to convey her falsehoods. You have seen this lady and heard this lie before, but you have never seen it all quite like this... almost, but not quite.
Programme B – Thursday 23 October and Saturday 25 October
Drama 3 Physical Theatre:
Devised collaboratively by Juanita Praeg, Sonja Smit and the performers
Text: Anton Krueger
Costumes: Illka Louw
Venue: Box Theatre
“you’re in another country, though the landscape seems the same...
everything seems similar, but somehow rearranged
there’s been a shift” …
With special guest performance by Pumelela Nqelenga, this work allows space for moments of structured improvisation using Bogart’s Viewpoints to provide spatial and temporal responses to the idea of shifting as physical action, emotional landscape and socio-political impulse. Using ensemble and embodied performance, the landscape migrates between stillness and agitation to embody the instability of change.
Drama 3 Visual Theatre:
Wearing a Face That They Keep in a Jar by the Door
Presented by Drama Visual Theatre 3 students
Facilitated by Liezl de Kock and Rob Murray
Developing from its inaugural introduction to the Drama course in 2103, third year students have been exploring the techniques and potential of a visual and non-verbal approach towards making original theatre. From early investigations of movement quality and animation of materials (plastics, brown paper, and the like), through basic elements of puppetry and object animation, to neutral masks and latterly full character masks, the work has charged the performers to discover the truthful inner monologue, rhythms, tensions, and mannerisms to bring an object to life.
Dealing with broad themes of loneliness, hope, and fantasy, the programme consists of five separate short stories or encounters between masked characters. Styles and approaches vary wildly – from an old couple dealing with the loss of their child, through an exploration of power within different facets of women, to an abandoned toy-chest that comes alive at night.
Honours Contemporary Performance:
Human Zoo: Exhibits h,i,j,k,l,m and n
Devised by the cast under the direction of Andrew Buckland
The performance consists of a series of discrete episodes in which examples of homo-sapiens are revealed, observed and exposed in an imagined contemporary human zoo. The work explores contemporary performance as a medium in which the performer takes the central creative role of crafting individual modes of expression and is responsible for the content, the form, the structure and the style of expression as a means to discovering new truths about ourselves. The candidates are invited to take, and have willingly taken, risks in responding to deeply felt emotional and psychic sources.
Time: Each programme will start at 19:00
Tickets: R40 full | R20 student
Limited seating for all shows
Age Recommendation | PG
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