Artscape coins it with trade fair

2017-06-22 06:01
Artscape Theatre Centre’s 2016 Incubators group

Artscape Theatre Centre’s 2016 Incubators group

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Artscape Theatre Centre’s 2016 Incubators group will make South African theatre history when it showcases its production called “Everyone Has It” at the inaugural Arts Enterprise Development “Trade Fair” initiated by the Department of Arts and Culture.

This exciting initiative on stage at the Market Theatre, Johannesburg from 18 – 24 June will see the country’s six state-funded Performing Arts Institutions (PAI’s) cement the extraordinary pact with government to build capacity and creativity through the Incubator Programme.

The programme is funded by a grant from the Department of Arts and Culture’s Incubator Fund.

Its objective serves to unleash the economic potential of the creative sector through a structured programme of skills-training and development of locally produced content in the performing and visual arts sectors.

Everyone Has It, presented by Artscape Theatre Centre, features as its protagonist Mzubanzi, a young man from the Eastern Cape, who is abandoned after birth and raised by his grandmother.

Born into and of a world that is wretched and seems to collude against him he journeys into self and introspects through the eyes of others.

“Will he collapse under the weight of the never-ending challenges cast upon him like an evil spell or will he rise equal to and conquer them”, is the question that would leave the audience gripped, humoured and spell-bound to the end

The production was born out of a series of workshops, brain storming sessions, organisational development methods and input from the five organisations who participated to the 2016 incubator programme – Arts of Hearts, Tiervlei Arts, Tag Changers/Yi Magazine, Unmute Dance Company and WeCCMA. Together they workshopped the production, script and attended master classes under the stewardship of the living legend– Ronnie Govender.

The Incubator Programme is an integral part of Artscape’s mission as an inclusive cultural centre for all and showcasing all arts genres for more than four decades making it stand out as an iconic cultural beacon in the Western Cape.

The week long Arts Incubator Trade Fair will showcase a diverse offering of theatre, poetry and dance produced and presented by Artscape Theatre Centre, the Performing Arts Centre of the Free State (Pacofs), the Durban Playhouse, The South Africa State Theatre, the Windybrow Arts Centre and the Market Theatre. In addition, the Market Photo Workshop will present a new exhibition and document the Trade Fair.

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