Fest brings unique works to stage

2015-08-04 06:01
Lee-Ann van Rooi will be on stage in Henrietta with love, performed as part of the Artscape Women’s Humanity Arts Festival.

Lee-Ann van Rooi will be on stage in Henrietta with love, performed as part of the Artscape Women’s Humanity Arts Festival.

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Artscape’s stages will be full of though-provoking productions during the Artscape Women’s Humanity Arts Festival from Thursday.

Cold case, which will be staged on Thursday and Friday, is a tribute to Dulcie September who was assassinated in 1988 while opening the ANC’s Paris office. Produced and performed by actress Denise Newman and directed by Basil Appollis, Cold case celebrates this legendary Cape Town teacher turned freedom fighter.

Henrietta with love is a new work written by Peter Voges for Lee-Ann van Rooi. It is directed by Sandra Temmingh and will be staged from Saturday 8 to Saturday 15 August. The production explores the different roles that Henrietta plays in other people’s lives, from wife to sister, and her own place in the world.

With the Ovation award from the National Arts Festival, the Unmute Dance Company, an organisation focused on the inclusion of people with disabilities, will present two works directed by Themba Mbuli.

Trapped on Thursday will merge visual art, sound dialogue and dance as three artists pioneer integrated techniques with mixed abilities. The work is autobiographical and includes well-known deaf dancer and choreographer Andile Vellem and wheelchair dancers Nadine McKenzie Appollis and Zama Sonjica.

Ashed on Friday will mirror the evolution of South African citizens.

Die glas ennie draad on Saturday is based on a true story from one of South Africa’s most notorious ganglands. The production is an on-stage demonstration of how communities are reconstructed and the healing processes which can be achieved through discourse. It is directed by Sandra Temmingh and will be followed by a dialogue, facilitated by Dr Ruben Richards of the Ruben Richards Foundation and Dr Lionel Thaver, a sociologist at UWC.

The festival will end on Sunday with the Humanity gospel concert featuring Neville D, Rouchelle Liedemann, Tertia Hendricks, Michelle Botha and Anele Tame. 

Visit www.artscape.co.za for more information. Tickets are available from Computicket or Artscape dial-a-seat on 021 421 7695.WIN! WIN! WIN!

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