Watch – National Arts Festival

2011-07-09 07:52


Stages, Saints and Sinners
Turn there, right behind that donkey wearing the American flag. We’re in Grahamstown. It’s cold, the wind is whipping our hair across our eyes, the pavements are full, the roads fuller.It feels as though there’s a carnival in town.

And in a way there is: the National Arts Festival brings together

artists and arts lovers, revellers, critics and the curious – all to the

church-heavy university town.


Wreckage: a difficult, complex collaboration

It is the first ever collaboration between the First Physical Theatre Company and UBOM! Eastern Cape Drama Company, with luminaries of the theatre world directing and performing.

Hanging out in fairyland
A Fairies Tale immerses you in another world, leading you through the gates of the Makana Botanical Gardens with the lively melody of a wooden flute.

Arts festival perfect for kids

If you thought the National Arts Festival (NAF) was only about grey-haired adults who are into art, think again. Children have their own space at Children’s Arts Festival (CAF).

Indigenous dance on the edge?
As the Eastern Cape plays host to the Festival, isiXhosa traditional dance understandably dominates the indigenous dance offering.


Security breach of Festival CEO’s office
National Arts Festival CEO, Tony Lankester, got an unexpected surprise when two moustached men dressed in tracksuits stormed into his Monument office chanting “Art is s**t, Lankester to the spit!”

From the award-winning performer and choreographer, Athena Mazarakis, comes her new production, Flicker, at the National Arts Festival.

Behind Swan Lake
The Cape Town City Ballet Company in association with Artscape Theatre has brought Swan Lake back to the National Arts Festival. We take a look at the ethos of ballet and the physical and psychological pressures that dancers endure during the strenuous schedule of such a production.

A tale of obsession, incest, religious madness and revenge

The 2011 National Arts Festival showcases the best physical theatre performances in South Africa. Physical theatre artists use their bodies as props and movement to convey meaning and images. Through Revenge Angel, Sjaka September and Floyed de Vaal explore the dynamics of this exciting genre.

Woeman: A dark and sombre comedy

This year’s National Arts Festival played host to Woeman, a student theatre play that depicts the life of two lonely, dishevelled and downtrodden middle-aged women who have faced divorce, poverty and alcoholism.

Let your body talk

This is a clever and entertaining show but if you saw Belgian Gaëtan Schmid’s brilliant Rump Steak you may be just a tiny bit disappointed.

>>For more National Arts Festival news, go to CueOnline

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