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.
Jefferson Bobs Tshabalala is a writer, director, performer, and the founder and owner of the Johannesburg based live arts production house, Kiri Pink Nob Arts (Pty) Ltd.
Tshabalala plays many roles across performance and theatre-making, traversing the realms of poetry and hip-hop, to comedy and traditional dramatic arts. For The Centre for the Less Good Idea, Tshabalala applies his talents in writing and performance to Season 5, using his penchant for sharp, incisive comedy as a means to communicate nuanced and far-reaching stories.
Season 5 also sees Tshabalala, Mthembu and Miyambo creating an 11-minute epic exploring the themes of ancestry and ritual in contemporary 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