Theatre in Motion ‘14
Exciting | Innovative | New
Box Theatre | Main Theatre
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.
Honours choreographers are set tasks to create a piece of dance theatre based on their year’s work. The course is creative and comprehensive; it draws from a range of physical theatre and dance styles. Choreographers are pushed to explore their world, to find inspiration and movement in everything they see.
Visual Theatre III
Since April this year, third year students have been exploring an approach to theatre still in its infancy in SA theatre – mask work. From early explorations in neutral mask, through an investigation of the movement quality and potential of elements, colours, and tensions, the work has progressed to animating full character masks, where the performer has to find the truthful inner monologue, rhythms, tensions, and mannerisms to bring a mask to life.
Honours Physical Performance
Honours physical performance is aimed at encouraging independent and innovative thinking with regards to the performer as theatre maker.
The Honours class have put together an exciting theatre experience, melding acting, dance and play in a feast of theatre.
Masters Choreography, Contemporary Performance and Directing
This year’s Theatre in Motion also includes works by our talented Masters students.
YOUNG DIRECTORS SEASON '14
Like Theatre in Motion, during YDS honours directors showcase their years' work as examinable tasks. Always a highlight within the department and on campus these thirty minute pieces serve as individual directorial choices and are always fresh, exciting and unique. Watch this space!