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.
Sylvaine Strike is an award-winning theatre-maker, performer, and artistic director of the Fortune Cookie Theatre Company which is currently in its 19th year of operation.
Having studied theatre at The University of Cape Town and later specialising in physical theatre and movement analysis at the Jacques Lecoq School in Paris, much of Strike’s practice is concerned with the physical manifestations of a narrative. Due to a recent operation that’s left her in a temporary state of compromised mobility, Strike has been challenged over the course of Season 5’s workshops, to create new work primarily through the written word. These challenges have informed some of Strike’s work for Season 5, spurred on through a free-writing exercise led by co-curator Phala O. Phala during the workshopping sessions.
This Season will see Strike collaborating on a number of works, including a piece with Season 5 co-curator David April exploring the idea of grief through gesture and sound, and an 11-minute epic with writer and performer Calvin Ratladi and dancer Phumlani Mndebele exploring ideas of gravity, motion, the avatar, 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