It’s the Kafka Moment

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A scene from Franz Kafka's Common Confusion which will be staged among other Kafka works at the Centre For the Less Good Idea. (Zivanai Matangi)
A scene from Franz Kafka's Common Confusion which will be staged among other Kafka works at the Centre For the Less Good Idea. (Zivanai Matangi)

Franz Kafka is a wordsmith of existential anxiety and paranoia, with comical grotesque, chimeric, surreal modulation, bleak bluntness and frighteningly prophetic eye on the troubles of our time. This April The Centre for the Less Good Idea presents ‘A Kafka Moment’: a mini season of select Franz Kafka works that have been created in or performed at The Centre: 

  • Odradek: Adapted from the The Cares of a Family Man
  • A Common Confusion: A performance where a group of friends attempt to puzzle out the life and writings of Franz Kafka through short, playful sketches. 
  • A Hunger Artist Hunger: Taking its lead from Franz Kafka’s short story by the same name, it employs live recital, performance, and music as a means of further exploring the author’s text through the realms of the stage. 
  • Kafka’s Ape: A piece adapted from A Report to an Academy.

This will be executed by performers including Ameera Patel, Tony Miyambo, Antony Coleman, Sue PamGrant, Kevin Smith, Michael Mazibuko and Dan Selsick 

Apart from performances, the season includes a reflection on Kafka between William Kentridge, Jane Taylor, Phala Ookeditse Phala, and Tony Miyambo. Audiences will be privy to their experience working with Kafka’s texts, absurdism, the macabre objectivity of his prose and his icy dance with other-ness in a moral vacuum.

This public programme will take place over two evenings on 22 and 23 April 2021. Each evening’s programme will be unique. 

Booking for the events is mandatory and due to strict Covid-19 restrictions, our capacity is limited, however audiences in South Africa and abroad are also invited to join the audience via the Centre’s stream-ing platforms on YouTube.

For more information or to make bookings, visit www.lessgoodidea.com. 

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