Taking place 24 - 28 April 2019
Programmes starting at 6:30 and 8pm 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.
Faith Tshabalala is a dancer, facilitator, and teacher who’s been passionately involved with dance and movement in varying capacities over the years.
For Tshabalala, who’s also involved in the facilitation and adjudication of dance competitions, a desire to build communities and inspire young performers is at the heart of her work. Season 5 of The Centre for the Less Good Idea serves as a space for Tshabalala to lend her skills as a performer to various productions, as well as experiment and play outside of the medium of dance, which she believes can often become an isolating practice.
Drawing largely on improvisation and material generated by a free-writing exercise led by co-curator Phala O. Phala, Tshabalala will be collaborating on a work with fellow Season 5 performers that explores the idea of a performance that refuses to begin and the resultant relationships between performer and audience that begin to form.
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