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.
Themba Dredz Mbuli is an award-winning dancer, activist, performer, and choreographer. He has also co-founded the projects Broken Borders Arts Project and the Unmute Dance Company in Cape Town.
Mbuli takes much of his creative inspiration from the works of poets, musicians, and dancers, and is interested in further exploring the possibilities of the body as a vehicle for narration and translation through collaborating with others.
For Season 5 of The Centre for the Less Good Idea, Mbuli will lend his practice to a number of the Season’s pieces, including a work with fellow dancer Julia Zenzie Burnham exploring embodied journeys and the negotiations that take place when that journey crosses the path of another.
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