Cutting edge dance, performance and visual art will be presented over four Sessions that will take place in the Cape Town city centre, UCT’s Hiddingh campus, Delft and Khayelitsha. The ITC Sessions bring engaged work into the public sphere, infecting the city with their own exploratory and exuberant energy.
Session 1 – 29 & 30 March – Company’s Garden from 5pm (programme repeats both days)
Session 2 – 12 & 13 April – St Georges Mall from 11am (programme repeats both days)
Session 3 (Kasi-2-Kasi) – 23 April – Delft Spar, Main Road Delft South from 1pm (programme repeats in Session 4)
Session 4 – 30 April (Kasi-2-Kasi) – Khayelitsha Mall cnr Steve Biko Drive & Walter Sisulu Road from 1pm (Session 3 programme repeats)
In Session 1, the Company’s Garden will flash to life with a range of powerful and thought-provoking work that includes:iNdoni Arts & Leadership Academy’s spectacular dance performance of youthful power, Inkululeko;
A playful portrait exchange with performance artist Anthea Moys;
Ratibul al-hadat: A rendition of a traditional Cape Gathering of Remembrance. Hosted by Hasan and Husain Essop (presented once only, on Wednesday 30th March); and
An electrifying dance performance, Le Kombi, by choreographer and dancer Jeannot Kumbonyeki from the DRC (Hiddingh Hall).
Session 2 will travel the length of St Georges Mall and includes:
A new collaboration between two of South Africa’s most exciting performance artists, Buhlebezwe Siwani and Chuma Sopotela, who will deconstruct the representation of female bodies in music videos;
An invitation to a 60 second encounter with a stranger in Tamryn Pelser’s intimate work;
The vibrant signature choreography of Sibonelo Dance; and
An intriguing performance installation made with shape-shifting mosquito netting created by the Angolan artist Cristiano Mangovo.
Kasi-2-Kasi (ITC Sessions 3 and 4) weave through the streets of Delft and Khayelitsha, bringing rising and established stars in dance, music, visual art and performance to the public. These Sessions will include:
Elvis Sibeko’s new work, Black Tears, putting healing in motion through potent choreography;
Visual artists Anathi Tyawa and Cinga Samson’s compelling artworks will be exhibited in public space;
Dynamic dance theatre from Melisa Peter that tracks the journey of a black woman, navigating the standards of the modern world; and
Addis Ababa Assembly performing an innovative lekgothla, in which matters of Africa are ‘discussed’ through music, poetry and song.
ITC Sessions 1 and 2 are curated by Leila Anderson and Kasi-2-Kasi (ITC Sessions 3 and 4) by Mandisi Sindo. Curatorial advice is provided by Jay Pather.
Infecting The City Sessions 2016 is made possible with support from the City of Cape Town, Africa Centre, Spier, GIPCA and Pro-Helvetia.
‘The City of Cape Town is proud to be a sponsor of this festival. Many of the productions invite audience participation, include the viewer in the scene and promote a greater inclusivity in the arts. Infecting the City is a unique activation of our public spaces and provides a platform for freedom of expression,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Tourism, Events and Economic Development, Councillor Garreth Bloor. ‘Infecting the City shifts artworks out of theatres and reinvents the notion of how we use and interact with our public spaces. The festival brings the stage to the people using some of the city’s most recognisable spaces,’ said Councillor Bloor.
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