Upcoming Events

21 Nov ’10

Five: 20 Operas Made in South Africa

Five: 20 – Operas Made in South Africa premiers at the Baxter Theatre from the 21 to 27 November. Presented by Cape Town Opera, the University of Cape Town (UCT) Opera School and the Gordon Institute for Performing and Creative Arts (GIPCA) these five 20-minute long operas have been written by South African composers and writers to celebrate the South African College of Music’s Centenary year. Read more

Start: 21 Nov ’10 8:00 pm
End: 27 Nov ’10 9:00 pm
Venue: Baxter Theatre
Address:
South Africa
Cost: R100

22 Nov ’10

Performance – Enter the Maids

UCT Drama gradute, performer and theatre maker Asanda Phewa is the latest recipient of the Emerging Theatre Director’s Bursary – made possible by a partnership between the Baxter Theatre Centre, GIPCA and Theatre Arts Admin Collective. For the Emerging Theatre Director’s Bursary, Phewa has created Enter the Maids, an interwoven adaption of Jean Genet’s play The Maids with her own Under the Pigeon Coop, written under the mentorship of Nadia Davids. Read more

Start: 22 Nov ’10
End: 27 Nov ’10
Venue: Theatre Arts Admin Collective
Phone: +27 21 447 3683
Address:
Cnr Wesley and Milton Streets, Observatory, South Africa
Cost: R40

28 Oct ’10

Great Texts – Alan Morris

In ‘The Creature from Planet X: an anatomist looks at science fiction’ Professor Alan Morris of UCT’s Department of Human Biology will explore how science fiction movies like Avatar paint a picture of a possible anatomical reality. Morris, who is both a physical anthropologist and an archaeologist, describes himself as “a self-confessed science fiction special effects junky. Read more

Start: 28 Oct ’10 5:30 pm
End: 28 Oct ’10 6:30 pm
Venue: Hiddingh Hall
Phone: +27 21 480 7156
Address:
UCT Hiddingh Campus, 31-37 Orange Street, Cape Town, 8001, Cape Town, Western Cape, 8001, South Africa
Cost: Free

21 Oct ’10

Great Texts – Protection of Information Bill panel discussion

In the wake of the controversy surrounding the Protection of Information Bill, GIPCA presents, as part of the Great Texts/Big Questions series, an illustrious panel discussion entitled ‘(Not) a Great Text (but) a Big Question: the Protection of Information Bill’. Veteran writer, philosopher, academic and former Vice Chancellor of UCT, Professor Njabulo Ndebele, will lead the panel which also includes Professor David Benatar from UCT’s Department of Philosophy and Tony Weaver, assistant editor of the Cape Times. The panel will be chaired by UCT academic and prominent theatre innovator and writer, Mwenya Kabwe. Read more

Start: 21 Oct ’10 5:30 pm
End: 21 Oct ’10 6:30 pm
Venue: Hiddingh Hall
Phone: +27 21 480 7156
Address:
UCT Hiddingh Campus, 31-37 Orange Street, Cape Town, 8001, Cape Town, Western Cape, 8001, South Africa
Cost: Free

14 Oct ’10

Great Texts – Shelley Barry

Filmmaker Shelley Barry will speak about her experiences and experiments in making films from a wheelchair and screen extracts of several short films in different genres reflecting on her process of creativity and production: Extracts will include, among others, a trilogy – Whole-A Trinity of Being, a documentary recounting survival of one of South Africa’s lesser-known wars, namely the ‘taxi wars'; Inclinations – a writer struggles to write erotica and deal with her personal life; Where are my heels? – a tribute to the spirit of a young girl child and Str/oll – a wheelchair user navigates the streets of Manhattan Read more

Start: 14 Oct ’10 5:30 pm
End: 14 Oct ’10 7:30 pm
Venue: Hiddingh Hall
Phone: +27 21 480 7156
Address:
UCT Hiddingh Campus, 31-37 Orange Street, Cape Town, 8001, Cape Town, Western Cape, 8001, South Africa
Cost: Free

7 Oct ’10

Great Texts – Ian Glenn

Ian Glenn will discuss the influence of eighteenth-century French explorer and ornithologist François le Vaillant on modern South African culture.”Le Vaillant played a major role in establishing how Europe saw the Cape,” says Glenn. “He attempted to represent his South African experience in many ways – from the production of specimens, to lavishly illustrated bird books and travel accounts, and to innovative maps. In so doing, he created more than a single influential text, but rather a range of texts that shaped what came after him, both here and elsewhere. This work helped shape many modern media, genres and intellectual traditions. In many ways Le Vaillant is a founding figure of South African culture.” Read more

Start: 7 Oct ’10 5:00 pm
End: 7 Oct ’10 7:00 pm
Venue: Hiddingh Hall
Phone: +27 21 480 7156
Address:
UCT Hiddingh Campus, 31-37 Orange Street, Cape Town, 8001, Cape Town, Western Cape, 8001, South Africa
Cost: Free

18 Sep ’10

Performances – Qaphela Caesar

Jay Pather’s Qaphela Caesar, an interdisciplinary contemporary adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, features Mwenya Kabwe, artists from Siwela Sonke Dance Theatre, Jazzart Dance Company, UCT School of Dance and UCT Opera School. Pather’s production places Shakespeare’s masterpiece firmly in modern-day South Africa. Based in a world of power struggles and politics, Shakespeare’s classic text about honour, patriotism and friendship has been reworked by Pather to examine corruption and political power from a modern African perspective. Read more

Start: 18 Sep ’10
End: 22 Sep ’10
Venue: Cape Town City Hall
Phone: +27 21 444 7797
Address:
Darling Street, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa
Cost: R65

13 Sep ’10

Performances – Foofwa d’Imobilité

Acclaimed Swiss contemporary dance artist Foofwa d’Imobilité and his company bring two innovative dance pieces to Southern Africa in September 2010. In ‘The Making of Spectacles’, audiences are invited to collaborate with the artistic team in order to compose a unique performance. The elements presented – dance phrases, dramatic scenarios, music, lighting design, and costuming – are carefully crafted in advance and offered as tools to the spectators for the creation of a dance to their taste. Read more

Start: 13 Sep ’10
End: 14 Sep ’10
Venue: Little Theatre
Address:
UCT Hiddingh Campus, 31-37 Orange Street, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa
Cost: Free

23 Sep ’10

Great Texts – Peter Merrington

Novelist Peter Merrington’s illustrated lecture ‘First Light, False Dawn’ will explore the making of a public cultural identity for a new nation. ‘First Light, False Dawn’ responds to the first hundred years (1910-2010) of South Africa as a unitary nation-state. The lecture is about the making of a public cultural identity for the new nation circa 1910, a new symbolic order, and the inventing of heritage. Merrington explores the meaning of heritage in the late nineteenth century, in relation to then-popular concepts of vernacular identity in England. Read more

Start: 23 Sep ’10 5:30 pm
End: 23 Sep ’10 6:30 pm
Venue: Hiddingh Hall
Phone: +27 21 480 7156
Address:
UCT Hiddingh Campus, 31 Orange Street, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa
Cost: Free

16 Sep ’10

Great Texts – Foofwa d’Imobilité

Acclaimed Swiss contemporary dance artist Foofwa d’Imobilité will perform Pina Jackson in Mercemoriam as part of GIPCA’s Great Texts / Big Questions lecture series. In ‘Pina Jackson in Mercemoriam’, Foofwa d’Imobilité channels the spirits of three “royals” of dance who within one month passed away: King of Pop, Michael Jackson, Queen of Tanztheater, Pina Bausch, and the Emperor of Dance Merce Cunningham. Read more

Start: 16 Sep ’10 5:30 pm
End: 16 Sep ’10 7:00 pm
Venue: Hiddingh Hall
Phone: +27 21 480 7156
Address:
UCT Hiddingh Campus, 31 Orange Street, Cape Town, 8001
Cost: Free
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