Trio of KZN productions are top features

2010-06-12 00:00

KWAZULU-Natal is represented by three productions on the main programme at this year’s National Arts Festival in Grahamstown — Neil Coppen’s Tree Boy, Themi Venturas’ Man of La Mancha (The Tale of Don Quixote) and Mlu Zondi’s Cinema.

Man of La Mancha, which was penned by Dale Wasserman, was staged at the Catalina Theatre earlier this year and it’s not surprising it was snapped up for the main Grahamstown programme.

Using the classic novel, Don Quixote, as a starting point, the action takes place in modern-day Ballito where three students find themselves amid hardened criminals after being chucked in jail following the Ballito “rage”. As they wait to be called for interrogation, they tell the other prisoners the tale of the mad knight, Don Quixote, fighting for justice, purity, freedom, and above all, love. Man of La Mancha will be staged at the Victoria Theatre at 2 pm on July 2, 10 am and 4 pm on July 3, and 2 pm and 7 pm on July 4.

Durban-born Mlu Zondi, the 2010 Stan­dard Bank Young Artist Award winner for dance, is a dynamic, out-of-the-box performer who moves seamlessly between the stage, gallery and public spaces, and challenges the boundaries of the dance discipline with his cutting- edge performance art, video and multi- media installations.

In Cinema, a work created for the festival, he uses dance, text, performance art, theatre, video installations and interactivity to examine issues of culture versus modernity. Cinema will be staged in the Transnet Great Hall at 6.30 pm on June 21, 10 am and 2 pm on June 22 and 2 pm, and 6.30 pm on June 23.

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