INMATES

An anthropology student gets a culture shock when she needs to do an assignment on the LGBTQIA+ community. While she is working on her assignment, Sebabatso makes alliances in the LGBTQIA+ community on campus and she becomes involved in campus politics. During a campus protest caused by the student dean’s actions, she discovers that there are individuals who belong to both the LGBTQIA+ and disabled communities.

Place of event
Debut
Place of event 24 Oct 18:00  
Datum en tyd/Date and time
Event actors Molebogeng Sekoena, Nthabiseng Mafata, Moleboheng Morakabi en Mamorena Leeuw
Akteurs/Actors
Genre of event Theatre in education
Genre/Genre
Event sponsor
PG13M
Ouderdomsbeperking/Age restriction
Event language English, Sesotho and Afrikaans
Taal/Language
Event coordinator Moleboheng Morakabi
Koördineerder/Coordinator
Event country Lindiwe Bakaqa
Teks/Script
Lindiwe Bakaqa
Regie/Direction
Lucia Zachia
Verhoogbestuur/Stage Manager
R80
Toegangsfooi/Admission fee
60 min
Tydsduur/Duration
Choreograaf: Sifiso Mhlambi
Dansers/Dancers

Porselynnkas Dokiementêr

Long before Jack Parow and Fokofpolisiekar, Porselynnkas was a poetic and more theatrical equivalent to the Voëlvry movement. Banned by local radio stations, loathed by the church, and considered out-of-bounds, Porselynnkas, nevertheless executed 34 poetry happenings, distributed 21 poetry volumes, made music, broadcasted a radio drama and caused anarchy in theatre between 1996 and 1999. In the mid 1990s Afrikaans theatre needed a black sheep – and found it in the form of Porselynnkas, one of the first performance poetry groups in the country.

Place of event
Debut
Place of event 23 Oct 18:00  
Datum en tyd/Date and time
Event actors Toast Coetzer, Gert Vlok Nel, Asha Zero, Deborah Steinmair, Matthew Kalil, Sjaka S Septembir, en ander
Akteurs/Actors
Genre of event Documentary, Avant garde, Comedy
Genre/Genre
Event sponsor
2-16, L, N, D
Ouderdomsbeperking/Age restriction
Event language Afrikaans with subtitles in English
Taal/Language
Matthew Kalil
Regie/Direction
R50
Toegangsfooi/Admission fee
52 min
Tydsduur/Duration

The Intervention

Charlotte moved to Hong Kong for a new start. After a year working at a school and with the pressure of Covid-19, her partying lifestyle is taking its toll. Charlotte’s colleagues from work, with the help of guru Josh Zhen, decides to intervene in her life via a zoom call.

Place of event 25 Oct 18:00  
Datum en tyd/Date and time
Event actors Chloe Grimmett, Sarah Wun, Shafin Azim, Amy Percival, Eugene Hsiang
Akteurs/Actors
Genre of event Comedy drama
Genre/Genre
Event sponsor
PG, L, M
Ouderdomsbeperking/Age restriction
Event language English
Taal/Language
Event country Davina Carrete, Chloe Grimmett, Sarah Wun, Shafin Azim, Amy Percival, Eugene Hsiang
Teks/Script
Davina Carrete
Regie/Direction
R40
Toegangsfooi/Admission fee
70 min
Tydsduur/Duration

Viva Dada!

“We are going to make a documentary about a missing book, what could be more simple?” What starts as a simple challenge leads to a struggle with creativity, depression and trying not to kill oneself. Almost ten years after making the documentary Porsellynkas, writer Sjaka Septembir and film maker Matthew Kalil set off on a journey to find a book that Sjaka wrote in the 90s. But there are no copies to be found anywhere. Their quest takes them back to both their childhood homes and a history that might be best left forgotten.

Place of event
Debut
Place of event 26 Nov 18:00  
Datum en tyd/Date and time
Event actors Toast Coetzer, Matthew Kalil, Sjaka S Septembir, en ander
Akteurs/Actors
Genre of event Documentary, Avant garde, Comedy
Genre/Genre
Event sponsor
2-16, L, D
Ouderdomsbeperking/Age restriction
Event language Afrikaans and English with subtitles
Taal/Language
Matthew Kalil
Regie/Direction
R50
Toegangsfooi/Admission fee
52 min
Tydsduur/Duration

Sehlabelo

A queen, desperate to save her marriage; mistakenly dances with the devil. Stuck in limbo, she frantically needs to find peace for herself and her daughter who is paying the price. This show is a beautiful, visually stimulating work featuring seven of the best artists from the Free State, all with unique talents to offer. 

Place of event
Debut
Place of event 15 Oct 18:00  
Datum en tyd/Date and time
Event actors Jane Mpholo, Mannini Nkata, Amanda Khumalo, John Paka, Boitumelo Mohutsioa, Nonkosi Sokoyi, Boitumelo Mkhondo
Akteurs/Actors
Genre of event Theatre, Drama, Music theatre, Tragedy
Genre/Genre
National Arts Council (NAC) , PACOFS
Beskermheer/Sponsor
Event sponsor
13, PG, M
Ouderdomsbeperking/Age restriction
Event coordinator Jane Mpholo
Koördineerder/Coordinator
Event wardrobe Mark Dobson
Klerasie/Wardrobe
Event music Ensemble
Musiek/Music
Event country Jane Mpholo
Teks/Script
Event country Hayley Joseph
Fotografie/Photography
Moses Lechuti
Regie/Direction
Mark Dobson
Stel/Set
Beauty Mlokoti, Keneilwe Jaase
Verhoogbestuur/Stage Manager
R50
Toegangsfooi/Admission fee
33 min
Tydsduur/Duration
Mark Dobson
Beligting/Lighting
Choreographer: Lebohang Moroe
Dansers/Dancers

Hoe klink ONS

A poetical, visual and symphonic conversation between four artists and two cities: Cape Town and Zwolle.

October 2020 – during the Corona crisis – the artist duo BrotherTill and film maker Jonathan Sipkema from The Netherlands worked together with South African word artist Jitsvinger and film maker Lindsey Appolis on a unique project. In this film project they looked for new ways to get to know each other via digital channels. Their work stemmed from the idea: listening is looking, and looking is listening. “How does the streaming water sound on your side? Which song do the birds sing in the evening? Which sound sits under your skin?” In the 72-hour-long film project, four artists came to know each other through the words they put to the sounds of their homes and the poetry of the city they imagined.

The film project falls within the international collaboration project ONS Perspektief.

Place of event
Debut
Place of event 22 Oct 14:00  
Datum en tyd/Date and time
Event actors Peter van Til – BrotherTill, Jitsvinger (Quintin Goliath)
Akteurs/Actors
Municipality Zwolle (NL), BrotherTill Foundation
Beskermheer/Sponsor
Event language Afrikaans – Nederlands
Taal/Language
Event music Mathijs van Til
Musiek/Music
Event design Tonny Nobel (Audio Post production); Wieger Steenhuis (Color Grading)
Ontwerp/Design
Event sound Audio Post Production: Tonny Nobel
Klank/Sound
Event country Peter van Til – BrotherTill, Jitsvinger (Quintin Goliath)
Teks/Script
Event country Video: Jonathan Sipkema , Lindsey Appolis
Fotografie/Photography
R60
Toegangsfooi/Admission fee
09 min
Tydsduur/Duration

EX HUMAN

co-created by Louise Westerhout and Roxanne de Freitas

@louisewesterhout @roxannedefreitas_

In a posthumanist landscape two femme survivors of the Patriarchal Apocalypse attempt to find the cure for gender-based violence. Their experimental research methodology takes us to the edge of known scientific paradigms. But will their work assure a future of immunity from violence, or will they be sabotaged by the infectious threat of PTSD? 

Trigger warning: descriptions of sexual assault. No trauma porn though…

Hey.

We are two femme survivors of sexual assault. We greet you warmly from across the interwebs. This is our story of survivorship. It is also a story for survivors. We invite you to take (up) as much time and space as you need here. 

If you are also inspired and ready to share your anonymous story, we have set up an Instagram page especially for you: @sexualassaultartssa

Place of event 16 Oct 18:00  
Datum en tyd/Date and time
Event actors Louise Westerhout, Roxanne de Freitas
Akteurs/Actors
Genre of event Speculative fiction short film, Activist, Creative documentary
Genre/Genre
The Live Art Arcade, National Arts Council (NAC)
Beskermheer/Sponsor
Event sponsor
18, M. Trigger warning: discussions of gender-based violence and sexual abuse
Ouderdomsbeperking/Age restriction
Event language English
Taal/Language
Event design Roxanne de Freitas (Video editing)
Ontwerp/Design
Event sound Roxanne de Freitas
Klank/Sound
Event country Louise Westerhout, Roxanne de Freitas
Teks/Script
Louise Westerhout, Roxanne de Freitas
Regie/Direction
R80
Toegangsfooi/Admission fee
24 min
Tydsduur/Duration

Cleanse

A visually captivating exploration of the relationship between a woman and the element water. Her love-hate relationship with this element is explored as her journey unfolds. Directed by award-winning director Patrick T. Peni (currently the editor at Ferguson Films), this project makes use of the spoken word, visuals, sound, and imagery. It will leave the audience begging for more. 

Place of event
Debut
Place of event 20 Oct 18:00  
Datum en tyd/Date and time
Event actors Jane Mpholo, Ondersteunende akteur
Akteurs/Actors
Genre of event Drama
Genre/Genre
PENM Productions, The Mehlaoes, Linah Mpholo, Selloane Keketsi, Keabetswe Motlhale, Keneilwe Jaase, J.J. Dirks-Korkee, Faheeza Rangunwala, Werner Shiraz Morris
Beskermheer/Sponsor
Event sponsor
13, PG, L,M
Ouderdomsbeperking/Age restriction
Event coordinator Jane Mpholo
Koördineerder/Coordinator
Event country Jane Mpholo
Teks/Script
Patrick T. Peni
Regie/Direction
Faheeza Rangunwala
Stel/Set
Keabetswe Motlhale
Verhoogbestuur/Stage Manager
R20
Toegangsfooi/Admission fee
5 min
Tydsduur/Duration

Blomme vir Jupiter

Valie, a somewhat grumpy clown, is tired of fumbling through life alone. Loneliness appears to have become his middle name. One strange day he decides to catch the bus to the End Of The Earth, but Fate has other plans in store for him. He meets Mollie, a youthful clown, and together they discover the impossible — Jupiter has fallen to earth! 

Place of event 14 Oct 9:00  
Datum en tyd/Date and time
Event actors Andrico Goosen, Liese Kuhn
Akteurs/Actors
Genre of event Theatre for young audiences, Clowning
Genre/Genre
The National Arts Council (NAC)
Beskermheer/Sponsor
Event language English, Afrikaans
Taal/Language
Event coordinator Andrico Goosen, Liese Kuhn
Koördineerder/Coordinator
Event music Original music by Naledi Majola
Musiek/Music
Event country Andrico Goosen, Liese Kuhn
Teks/Script
Sjaka S. Septembir
Regie/Direction
Andrico Goosen
Stel/Set
Frikken Films
Vervaardiger/Production House
R30
Toegangsfooi/Admission fee
18 min 09 s
Tydsduur/Duration

Barulho D’água (Noise in the Water)

Barulho D’água (Noise in the Water) not only tells the tragedy of thousands of refugees who mostly died crossing the Mediterranean Sea: The few who succeeded in crossing are identified by numbers, such as the shy Tunisian immigrant who struggles to raise her eyes when narrating the drama she and others endured at the fury of the sea. The author stays true to the essential characteristics of what he heard and saw in Mazara del Vallo at the Seat of San Vito Onlus, an Italian town that stretches towards the African coast.

Place of event
Debut
Place of event 19 Oct 18:00  
Datum en tyd/Date and time
Event actors Alexandre Rodrigues, Fábio Mráz, Vençam Guigui, Rosa Freitas
Akteurs/Actors
Genre of event Documentary, Multimedia play
Genre/Genre
Event sponsor
M
Ouderdomsbeperking/Age restriction
Event language Portuguese with subtitles in English
Taal/Language
Event music Wilson Sukorski
Musiek/Music
Event design Alexandre Ferraz (Video)
Ontwerp/Design
Event sound Felipe Moraes
Klank/Sound
Event country Marco Martinelli
Teks/Script
Carina Casuscelli
Regie/Direction
Event country Carina Casuscelli
Vertaling/Translation
Teo Ponciano (Video)
Verhoogbestuur/Stage Manager
Lenerson Polonini
Vervaardiger/Production House
R80
Toegangsfooi/Admission fee
60 min
Tydsduur/Duration
Veronica Castro
Beligting/Lighting

BETEWU

BETEWU was created as a reflective theatre work after thorough research into circumstances caused by Covid-19. BETEWU explores artistic men’s mental health: What do men who write, direct, and act go through in their off-stage lives? “Monna ke Nku ha lle” is ancient wisdom. It encourages men to cry, however, in society’s eyes that’s not manly, “ha re tlo lla le basadi”. No longer able to vent themselves in the centre of the kraal, men seem to be at a loss, and now more than ever, quote the ancient saying “Qcina ndoda … monna ha lle o nka qeto. Ho lla ha ho thuse.”

Place of event
Debut
Place of event 27 Oct 18:00  
Datum en tyd/Date and time
Event actors Lungelo Mthembu, Thando Nonkelela
Akteurs/Actors
Genre of event Theatre
Genre/Genre
Soweto Theatre
Beskermheer/Sponsor
Event sponsor
14
Ouderdomsbeperking/Age restriction
Event language English, Sesotho, Xitsonga
Taal/Language
Event coordinator Jane Mpholo
Koördineerder/Coordinator
Event wardrobe Lebohang Moroe
Klerasie/Wardrobe
Event music Thando Nonkelela
Musiek/Music
Event country Lebohang Moroe
Teks/Script
Lebohang Moroe
Regie/Direction
Lebohang Moroe
Stel/Set
Katlego Majorobela, Khauhelo Maikhi
Verhoogbestuur/Stage Manager
Onalerona Productions
Vervaardiger/Production House
R45
Toegangsfooi/Admission fee
54 min
Tydsduur/Duration

Aku vang ‘n ster

A tense drama situated in the rural area of the Northern Cape. The moon is Aku’s mother, the stars his light, and the diamond he picks up a gift from the moon. Adrienne Sichel in the Star: “… a bravura play by Luwes who has proven that he can write with the vision and soul of a poet – a rare gist in any language. A strong sense of a rich, unique, form of expression in the tradition of Irish dramatist James Millington Syngy’s whimsical, poetic colloquialism – in Afrikaans. 

Place of event
Debut
Place of event 18 Oct 18:00  
Datum en tyd/Date and time
Event actors Jefferson J. Dirks-Korkee, Peter Taljaard, Dion van Niekerk, Michelle Joubert, Hilletje Bashew-Muller
Akteurs/Actors
Genre of event Drama
Genre/Genre
Event sponsor
10, V
Ouderdomsbeperking/Age restriction
Event language Afrikaans
Taal/Language
Event design Brandon Hewetson
Ontwerp/Design
Event country Nico Luwes
Teks/Script
Nico Luwes
Regie/Direction
Irma Venter
Verhoogbestuur/Stage Manager
Nico Luwes
Vervaardiger/Production House
R35
Toegangsfooi/Admission fee
85 min
Tydsduur/Duration

Eclectic Spoken Wordsmiths

This documentary profiles three young, talented, and diverse poets, who have showcased their work in Bloemfontein over the past few years. It not only aims to highlight their journey within the creative sector while featuring some of their amazing work, but also to inspire upcoming poets and give the audience a glimpse into how they have persevered so far. Be prepared to be captivated, while discovering the golden thread that runs through their journey within our dynamic creative community.

Place of event
Debut
Place of event
Datum en tyd/Date and time
Event actors Tshiamo Malatji, Kwena Peu, Patience Ntaoleng Labane
Akteurs/Actors
Genre of event Poetry performance, Short documentary film, Non-fiction
Genre/Genre
Vrystaat Arts Festival
Beskermheer/Sponsor
Event language English
Taal/Language
Event country Zita Films (Videographer)
Fotografie/Photography
Thuthukani Ndlovu
Regie/Direction
Executive producers: Vrystaat Literatuurfees and The Radioactive Blog
Vervaardiger/Production House
32 min
Tydsduur/Duration