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  1. UMUNTU

    UMUNTU

    Umuntu poster
     

    Hexagon Studio Theatre
    5 to 7 May @6pm
    Tickets available at the door

    Over the past two months, Drama and Performance  students at the University of KwaZulu-Natal  have been working on a devised theatre piece that- at its core- is a celebration of Blackness.

     In close collaboration with the cast, recently published playwright, Masters student and multi-award winning director Kline Smith draws stunningly captivating performances from over thirty dancers, poets, musicians  and actors in Umuntu.

    The diverse, high-energy cast  has created meticulously crafted scenes that are both exciting and thought-provoking. ‎Each scene revists our fractured history while soberly reflecting on life in South Africa twenty-two years after the hangover brought on by the Rainbow Nation celebrations. 

    The set is minimalist, except for a piano, a guitar, a drum and a couple of metal frames. Original, fresh content meets loosely adapted short stories and poems by African writers from as far back as the1950s.

     The director and cast hope that when you watch Umuntu, the experience of looking back and looking forward is as moving for you as‎ it has been for them. 

     *Photograph and Poster Credit: Katie-Lee Wisdom


  2. FUNK

    FUNK 2016 MOVES TO THEFunk Poster HEXAGON THEATRE

     

    The Theatre–St Anne’s College

    presents

    FUNK 2016

    6th, 7th, 9th, 10th & 11th May

    HEXAGON THEATRE

    7.30 pm

    R70, Booking @ Computicket

     

    Participating Schools:

    Carter, Epworth, GHS, Hilton College, Howick High School, MCS, Maritzburg College, Russell Girls’ High, St Anne’s,

    St John’s, St Nicholas and TWC.

     

    Funk continues to generate tremendous excitement and has been a firm favourite on the annual school production calendar now for 17 years! This year we have found a new home at the Hexagon Theatre, a specific move to generate greater community involvement in the production.

     

    Funk evolved as an idea to create a dance programme for schools with very specific aims. Firstly to unite schools in working towards a common goal; secondly to give Drama students and their teachers the opportunity to create and rehearse pieces of dance theatre for public performance; thirdly, to enable young people to see that movement, dance and dance theatre is accessible to them and not only in the hands of professional adult dance companies; and finally, and perhaps most importantly of all, to generate meaning and artistic integrity through dance choreography whilst challenging young people to work outside of their comfort zones.

     

    The task for each school remains constant: to create a 6 minute piece of dance choreography integrating any type of musical or textual accompaniment. The programme accommodates a range of choreographic and performance possibilities and provides the perfect opportunity for schools to experiment with new forms. It is also important to emphasise that this platform is not a competition, and should not be seen in the same light as a sports festival or inter-house competition. The highlight of the production is always the mass group Finale which incorporates all the schools together on the stage.

     

    Funk is produced by The Theatre–St Anne’s College, directed by Lynn Chemaly, with the Finale created by Arum Bydawell and is technically managed and administrated by the Hexagon Theatre.

     



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