Taking place 24 - 27 April 2019
6pm – late daily
Co-curated by Phala O Phala and David Thatanelo April, Season 5 of The Centre for the Less Good Idea sees traditional forms of art and performance being re-imagined through free-spirited, transdisciplinary collaboration and the alternative realities made possible by technology.
Through a series of short-form 11-minute epics as well as 3-minute 360 VR films, Season 5 will attempt to make sense of embodied narratives and contemporary spiritualities. It will present performances that refuse to begin, and posit the outcomes of stories that have been lost to history. Internal monologues will be rendered tangible through virtual reality, and cityscapes will find grounding in an experimental opera.
Above all else, vulnerability, imperfection, and a move towards the unknown will find resonance through a pursuit for the less good idea.
Siyabonga Mthembu is a musician and performing artist best-known for his work through the musical and performance-art collective, The Brother Moves On.
Mthembu joins Season 5 of The Centre for the Less Good Idea with a passion to rediscover his background in theatrical performance, drawing on his own lived experiences. Through this, Mthembu hopes to explore the ideas of spirituality, becoming, and the origins of storytelling amongst other things. For this Mthembu is conceptualising a 360 VR film which will explore themes ranging from ancestry and spirituality, to the concept of madness, and contemporary understandings of place and identity in South Africa.
FOUNDER | William Kentridge
ANIMATEUR FOR THE CENTRE | Bronwyn Lace
CINEMATOGRAPHY AND EDITING | Noah Cohen
PROJECT MANAGER | Shruthi Nair
LIGHTING | Oliver Hauser
SOUND | SoulFire Studios
STAGE MANAGEMENT | Hayleigh Evans and PopArt Productions
WRITING | Dave Mann
PHOTOGRAPHER | Zivanai Matangi