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.
Phumlani Mndebele is a dancer and performer who received his training at Johannesburg’s East Rand School of the Arts. He has also worked extensively with Vuyani Dance Theatre throughout his career.
Mndebele’s dance practice ranges from contemporary, to jazz and hip-hop. For Season 5, he brings an eagerness to explore and to integrate his practice into the realms of writing and acting through collaborations with fellow artists.
This Season Mndebele will be showcasing his talents through a series of collaborations with writers, directors, performers and choreographers such as Sylvaine Strike, Calvin Ratladi, co-curator David April and more.
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