The Institute for Creative Arts (ICA) is proud to announce the second installment of the 2018 Great Texts/Big Questions lecture series, with a line-up featuring: Rioters in Session, a community of womxn poets of colour established by Ashley Makue, Koleka Putuma, Khanyisile Mbongwa and Allison-Claire Hoskins; Milisuthando Bongela, Arts Editor of the Mail & Guardian and writer, cultural worker and filmmaker; and Panashe Chigumadzi, writer, journalist and author of the recently released These Bones Will Rise Again.
The Institute for Creative Arts (ICA) in collaboration with Pro Helvetia presents the critically-acclaimed production of Boris Nikitin’s "Hamlet", in which the Swiss author and director transforms Shakespeare’s famous work into an experimental contemporary performance. In a mix of documentary play and music-theatre, enigmatic performer and electronic musician Julia*n Meding takes on the role of a contemporary Hamlet who revolts against reality and audience. Like Hamlet rebelling against the Royal Court, Meding agitates, mocks, flirts with and tries to seduce the audience.
“In exploring the breakdown of language due to trauma, a journey to ‘the far places’ of human experience, I want to examine the idea of love and desire, and how eros shapes this transformative process,” says writer Mishka Hoosen. “In looking at Call it a Difficult Night and other works, I want to examine the role of love in shaping and transforming language and understanding, and consider what that might say about our current state of transformation as a wounded country.”
Today we live in a society scarred by history, crippled by a lack of transformation, subjugated by the spectacle of global capitalism, marked by inequality and alienation. “The question for me as a writer, is can we find a way to write that is equal to this moment” Stacy Hardy asks. “A writing that captures and confronts the present, with its new urgencies and particular forms of violence, including violence done to the body and to language?”