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GIPCA Projects 2012

Book Launch – Post-apartheid Dance

Edited by Sharon Friedman, ‘Post-apartheid Dance – many bodies, many voices, many stories’ is the first singular body of work to have emerged that attempts to provide a cohesive account of the range of voices within post-apartheid South African dance. Authors include Adrienne Sichel, Maxwell Xolani Rani, Elizabeth Triegaardt, Gerard Samuel, Steven van Wyk, Lliane Loots and Kristina Johnstone.

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Start: 3 December 2012 6.30pm

End: 3 December 2012 7.30pm

Venue: Cape Town City Hall

Phone: +27 21 650 7156

Email: ica@uct.ac.za

GIPCA Live Art Festival

GIPCA’s groundbreaking Live Art Festival will take place in various venues around Cape Town from 30 November to 4 December 2012, and promises a plethora of provocative and memorable experiences for audience members. Embodying themes of presence, identity and gender, the inaugural Festival comprises 30 artists who emerge from a wide range of fields, often collapsing disciplinary boundaries.

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Start: 30 November 2012

End: 4 December 2012

Venue: Various venues throughout the city

Phone: +27 21 650 7156

Email: ica@uct.ac.za

Workshops and Performances – Boris Nikitin

Acclaimed experimental theatre artist, Boris Nikitin headlines GIPCA’s Live Art Festival with two works – Imitation of Life and Woyzeck – and a series of workshops, part of a South African tour supported by Pro Helvetia. Following from his ground-breaking performance work, the workshops take participants through a process that is innovative, highly considered and unique. As part of this maverick style, Nikitin draws uncommon wisdom from an unlikely text: ‘How to Win Friends & Influence People’…

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Start: 28 November 2012

End: 1 December 2012

Venue: Hiddingh Campus

Phone: +27 21 650 7156

Email: ica@uct.ac.za

Exhibition – Black Folk

‘Black Folk’ is the culminating exhibition of 2012 Donald Gordon Creative Arts Fellow Jared Thorne’s fellowship at UCT and will be on show at the Iziko South African National Gallery Annexe from 28 November until 19 January 2013. Seeking to challenge hegemonic, as well as self-imposed constructs of Black identity, his work centers on issues of race, class and gender and engages questions of authenticity, representation and history.

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Start: 28 November 2012

End: 19 January 2013

Venue: Iziko South African National Gallery Annexe

Phone: +27 21 650 7156

Email: ica@uct.ac.za

Performance – Villa Sofia

Joburg-based theatre-maker Lidija Marelič has scooped a star cast for her manifestation of the fourth 2012 Theatre Arts Admin Collective’s Emerging Theatre Director’s Bursary, with veteran actors Terry Norton, Susan Danford and Adrian Galley making up the cast of Villa Sofia. Set in a period between the two World Wars Villa Sofia interrogates how two people from different cultures and religions can find each other amid the repercussion of the 1912 – 1914 Balkan War.

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Start: 27 November 2012

End: 1 December 2012

Venue: Theatre Arts Admin Collective

Phone: +27 21 650 7156

Email: ica@uct.ac.za

Music in the City – The UCT Jazz Voices with Mike Rossi

The highly acclaimed jazz vocal group The UCT Jazz Voices, directed by Amanda Tiffin, will perform well known jazz standards and South African favourites arranged for jazz choir at GIPCA’s final 2012 Music in the City concert. The vocal ensemble will be joined by woodwind specialist Mike Rossi who has recently returned from two European tours that included performances in England, Austria and Italy.

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Start: 24 October 2012 8pm

End: 24 October 2012 9.30pm

Venue: Hiddingh Hall

Phone: +27 21 650 7156

Email: ica@uct.ac.za

Great Texts – Anton Harber

Award-winning author and editor, Anton Harber, will discuss why he chooses journalism in the final 2012 Great Texts/Big Questions public lecture. Harber will examine the changing work and role of journalists in the perfect storm created by new technology, and state and commercial pressures, referring to his own book ‘Diepsloot’ and drawing on texts by Tiyo Soga, George Orwell and Eduardo Galeano.

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Start: 18 October 2012 5.30pm

End: 18 October 2012 6.30pm

Venue: Hiddingh Hall

Phone: +27 21 650 7156

Email: ica@uct.ac.za

Music in the City – Justin Krawitz

Acclaimed South African pianist Justin Krawitz will present a program of contemporary piano music as part of GIPCA’s Music in the City series. With his work as a 2011 Donald Gordon Creative Arts Fellow as a base, this concert features both local and international composers, and draws significantly on Krawitz’s experience working with living composers.

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Start: 17 October 2012 8pm

End: 17 October 2012 9.30pm

Venue: Hiddingh Campus

Phone: +27 21 650 7156

Email: ica@uct.ac.za

Great Texts – Steven Friedman

Political Scientist Steven Friedman talks about “Freedom for the Few: Ending the Middle Class Monopoly on South African Democracy”. Friedman has researched and published widely on the South African transition to democracy both before and after the elections of 1994 and has, over the past decade, largely written on the relationship between democracy, social inequality and economic growth.

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Start: 11 October 2012 5.30pm

End: 11 October 2012 6.30pm

Venue: Hiddingh Hall

Phone: +27 21 650 7156

Email: ica@uct.ac.za

Performance – Crepuscule

Literary icon Can Themba is remembered through Khayelihle Dom Gumede’s production, ‘Crepuscule’, an adaptation of Themba’s short story of the same title. The play, much like the short story, charters a fictional interpretation of a real life love affair between Themba and a white woman, ‘Janet’, in Sophiatown during the 1950’s. Gumede is the third 2012 winner of the Emerging Theatre Director’s Bursary.

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Start: 9 October 2012 7.30pm

End: 13 October 2012 8.30pm

Venue: Theatre Arts Admin Collective

Phone: +27 21 650 7156

Email: ica@uct.ac.za

Great Texts – Adam Haupt

Adam Haupt discusses the Fanonian resonances in his new book ‘Static: Race and Representation in Post-Apartheid Music, Media and Film’. Cutting across academic disciplines, the creative arts and the media, Haupt’s interdisciplinary book forms the basis of his presentation which critically examines music, cinema, social media and the politics of change after apartheid.

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Start: 4 October 2012 5.30pm

End: 4 October 2012 6.30pm

Venue: Hiddingh Hall

Phone: +27 21 650 7156

Email: ica@uct.ac.za

Exhibitions – EKDUO and Facing the Climate

GIPCA and Michaelis Galleries present two exhibitions as part of Hot Water: ‘EKDUO’, by artist Simon Max Bannister, looks at processes of transformation and change; ‘Facing the Climate’ , conceptualised by the Swedish Institute and curated by Ann-Marie Tully, comprises artworks by five Swedish and five South African cartoonists taking a sharp look at issues of climate change.

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Start: 28 September 2012

End: 13 October 2012

Venue: Michaelis Galleries

Phone: +27 21 650 7156

Email: ica@uct.ac.za

Hot Water Symposium

Visual art, film and interdisciplinary conversations between the sciences and the arts dominate the Hot Water Symposium, an event that focuses on climate change and the environment, hosted by GIPCA in association with the ACDI. Presented for the second year running, the symposium comprises art exhibitions, film screenings, a cartoon workshop, presentations by keynote speakers and panel discussions…

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Start: 28 September 2012

End: 29 September 2012

Venue: Hiddingh Hall

Phone: +27 21 650 7156

Email: ica@uct.ac.za

Great Texts – Ferial Haffajee

Ferial Haffajee, Editor-in-Chief of City Press newspaper and former Editor of the Mail & Guardian, will present the last September Great Texts / Big Questions lecture. She will discuss the National Development Plan, considering many questions that arise from it, most significantly whether it is an unattainable dream, or initiates our every potential.

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Start: 27 September 2012 5.30pm

End: 27 September 2012 5.30pm

Venue: Hiddingh Hall

Phone: +27 21 650 7156

Email: ica@uct.ac.za

Films4Peace

GIPCA will join hundreds of art institutions worldwide, from Australia to Zimbabwe, supporting films4peace to celebrate World Peace Day — an international UN day of ceasefire, and a day for individuals, organisations and countries to demonstrate acts of peace. films4peace, curated by Mark Coetzee, is an annual short film commission by PUMA.Peace. It features 21 of today’s most innovative artists visually interpreting the subject of peace. 

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Start: 20 September 2012 7.30pm

End: 20 September 2012 8pm

Venue: Hiddingh Hall

Phone: +27 21 650 7156

Email: ica@uct.ac.za

Great Texts – Kiran Desai

Internationally acclaimed author Kiran Desai will do a reading of her work, followed by a discussion, as part of the Great Texts/Big Questions public lecture series. Even before winning the Booker Prize, Desai has been a writer central to international literature. She first came to literary attention in 1997 when she was published in the New Yorker and ‘Mirrorwork’, in an anthology of 50 years of Indian writing, edited by Salman Rushdie.

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Start: 20 September 2012 5.30pm

End: 20 September 2012 6.30pm

Venue: Hiddingh Hall

Phone: +27 21 650 7156

Email: ica@uct.ac.za

Music in the City – South African Flute Music

Acclaimed flautist Liesl Stoltz will present a program of contemporary South African flute compositions as part of the Music in the City concert series. The recital will feature works by composers Peter Klatzow, Stefans Grové, Hendrik Hofmeyr and Paul Hanmer; performed by Stoltz, with Francois du Toit (piano), Albie van Schalkwyk (piano), Frank Mallows (marimba), Peter Martens (cello) and Magdalene Minnaar (soprano).

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Start: 19 September 2012 8pm

End: 19 September 2012 10pm

Venue: Hiddingh Hall

Phone: +27 21 650 7156

Email: ica@uct.ac.za

Great Texts – Damon Galgut

Award-winning novelist, short story writer and playwright Damon Galgut is the next speaker in the Great Texts/Big Questions public lecture series. Departing from its usual lecture format, this event features Galgut in conversation with another award-winning writer, Imraan Coovadia, convener of the Great Texts/Big Questions series. Damon Galgut studied drama at the University of Cape Town. He was only seventeen when his debut novel, ‘A Sinless Season’, was published in 1984…

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Start: 13 September 2013 5.30pm

End: 13 September 2013 6.30pm

Venue: Hiddingh Hall

Phone: +27 21 650 7156

Email: ica@uct.ac.za

Music in the City – Cecile Verny Quartet

The Gordon Institute of Performing and Creative Arts (GIPCA), the Goethe-Institut, Institut Français, the Alliances Françaises network, and the German and French embassies present the Cécile Verny Quartet’s Keep Some Secrets Within as part of GIPCA’s Music in the City concert series. For more than twenty years, the voice of Cécile Verny has been one of the most important in European jazz…

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Start: 29 August 2012 8pm

End: 29 August 2012 10pm

Venue: Hiddingh Hall

Phone: +27 21 650 7156

Email: ica@uct.ac.za

Directors & Directing: Playwrights

Following the popularity of last year’s ‘Directors and Directing’ symposium, GIPCA acknowledges the need for the existence of such a forum as an annual event: a space for theorists, practitioners and students of the theatre to come together and talk about key issues facing those who work in or watch or write about the theatre. This year the focus is on ‘Playwrights and Writing for the Theatre’.

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Start: 24 August 2012

End: 26 August 2012

Venue: Hiddingh Hall

Phone: +27 21 650 7156

Email: ica@uct.ac.za

Performance – Utopia

Emerging Theatre Director’s Bursary winner Thando Doni presents Utopia. The bursary is presented by GIPCA, Theatre Arts Admin Collective and the Baxter Theatre, and is supported by the Distell Foundation. Utopia explores the state of waiting …. for change, for promises, for the perfect world … and the role that we do or don’t play in the creation of it.

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Start: 22 August 2012

End: 25 August 2012

Venue: Theatre Arts Admin Collective

Phone: +27 21 650 7156

Email: ica@uct.ac.za

Exhibition – A Shot to the Arse

Presented by Michaelis Galleries and curated by Belinda Blignaut, ‘A Shot to the Arse’ explores the interrelationship between art and change; how artists process, comment on, react to or transform upheaval, violence, destruction and everyday experience. It seeks to be a document of the spirit of our time, taking into account universal cycles of history repeating itself, and examining what counter culture is to us in 2012 – our emotional responses and cultural equivalents of political opposition running counter to a social mainstream. 

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Start: 14 August 2012

End: 13 September 2012

Venue: Michaelis Galleries

Phone: +27 21 650 7156

Email: ica@uct.ac.za

Baxter Dance Film Festival screenings

Films produced during the GIPCA Film and Dance workshops, presented by internationally acclaimed choreographer and filmmaker Jeannette Ginslov, will be presented at the Baxter Dance Film Festival as a prelude to the screening of a selection of Ginslov’s screendance works. Ginslov’s films will include ‘Sandstone’, ‘Karohano’, ‘Freedom’, ‘Sanctum’, ‘CoNCreTe’, ‘Clinton’s Story’ and ‘Autopsy | Eros “la petite mort”.

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Start: 11 August 2012 7.30pm

End: 11 August 2012 9.30pm

Venue: Baxter Golden Arrow Studio

Phone: +27 21 650 7156

Email: ica@uct.ac.za

5 Thoughts – GIPCA Fellows’ mid-term presentations

‘5 Thoughts’, an evening of performance, exhibition and lectures brings together the unique work of the five resident Donald Gordon Creative Arts Fellows in the fields of Theatre, Dance, Creative Writing and Fine Art. Mamela Nyamza, Richard Antrobus, Henrietta Rose-Innes, Jared Thorne and Michael MacGarry will showcase their work in this mid-term presentation of seminal ideas, presented in various spaces on UCT’s Hiddingh Campus. 

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Start: 7 August 2012 5pm

End: 7 August 2012 7pm

Venue: Hiddingh Hall

Phone: +27 21 650 7156

Email: ica@uct.ac.za

Film & Dance Workshops

Following the groundbreaking Film and Dance conference in August 2011, which probed this rising new art form, the Gordon Institute for Performing and Creative Arts (GIPCA) presents a Film and Dance workshop series with internationally acclaimed choreographer and filmmaker Jeannette Ginslov. The workshops are free and open to UCT undergraduate and postgraduate students. Jeannette Ginslov is a specialist in Dance on Screen – a filmmaker, producer and facilitator for screen and the internet. She facilitates screendance workshops internationally and directs, shoots and edits her own screendance works that centre around Affect, the moving body and its digital materiality.

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Start: 18 July 2012

End: 22 July 2012

Venue: Hiddingh Hall

Phone: +27 21 650 7156

Email: ica@uct.ac.za

AFTA Conference 2012: Querying Africa

The UCT Drama Department, together with the Gordon Institute for Performing and Creative Arts (GIPCA), will be hosting the 2012 annual African Theatre Association International Conference from 12-15 July on Hiddingh Campus. The conference theme, ‘Querying Africa: Dis-ease, Metamorphosis and Unconventionality in African Theatre and Performance’, interrogates the transformations, adaptations, shifts in form and practice, ‘infection’ of social order, the mutation of content and the challenges of definition in contemporary African Theatre and Performance.

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Start: 12 July 2012

End: 15 July 2012

Venue: Hiddingh Hall

Phone: +27 21 650 7156

Email: ica@uct.ac.za

Great Texts – Cindy van Acker

Geneva-based choreographer Cindy Van Acker will be touring Southern African for the first time, and will present a performance-lecture and film screening at GIPCA’s Great Texts/Big Questions series on 10 July 2012. ‘Fractie’, performed by Van Acker and Tamara Bacci, comprises five studies tackling the triangular relationship between sound, movement and rhythm; exploring how the stimulation of the senses can differ depending on the place given to those elements. Van Acker’s work will appeal to those interested in the visual arts, as well as dance and performance.

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Start: 10 July 2012 5pm

End: 10 July 2012 7pm

Venue: Hiddingh Hall

Phone: +27 21 650 7156

Email: ica@uct.ac.za

Exhibition – Not My War

‘Not My War’ is an exhibition of works by significant South African artists reflecting on the country’s involvement in border wars in Northern Namibia and Southern Angola during the 1960’s to 1980’s. Furthering the resurgence of dialogue around this ‘silent war’, this exhibition will endeavor to engage the complex personal and institutional discourse surrounding this conflict, as well as highlight the war’s continuing relevance and effect on South African society.

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Start: 29 June 2012

End: 27 July 2012

Venue: Michaelis Galleries

Phone: +27 21 650 7156

Email: ica@uct.ac.za

The Exuberance Project Exhibition

On Saturday evening 12 May from 6.30pm, audiences will be treated to a visual at feast with the opening of the Exuberance Project Exhibition at the Mandela Rhodes Gallery, as well as a walkabout around the city in an innovative project, The Callings, featuring projections of art work on buildings, sound installations and performances.

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Start: 12 May 2012 11am

End: 20 May 2012 7pm

Venue: Mandela Rhodes Gallery

Phone: +27 21 650 7156

Email: ica@uct.ac.za

The Exuberance Project

The Exuberance Project will investigate what is abundant, enthusiastic, overflowing, unrestrained and joyful in contemporary creative and performing arts of Africa. What is exuberant about creative practices in and of Africa?The goal of facilitating this dialogue is to urge viewers and readers to engage the complex effervescence of Southern Africa’s places and spaces, ideas and passions.

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Start: 11 May 2012

End: 13 May 2012

Venue: Hiddingh Hall

Phone: +27 21 650 7156

Email: ica@uct.ac.za

Great Texts – Duncan Brown

Taking as its starting point the last line of Norman Maclean’s famous novella, ‘A river runs through it’ – “I am haunted by waters” – this public lecture considers some aspects of the ways in which human identities are mediated by, and imbricated with, natural environments and the plant and animal species they support. In particular, in focusing on trout, their habitats, and their history, he engages with notions of indigeneity, alienness and belonging in South Africa and beyond.

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Start: 10 May 2012 5.30pm

End: 10 May 2012 7pm

Venue: Hiddingh Hall

Phone: +27 21 650 7156

Email: ica@uct.ac.za

Great Texts – Azila Reisenberger

The Bible is generally perceived as sacred text, and was accepted by the audiences for whom it was made as revelation of God’s ‘Word’. The question arises, then, can we explain it through categories developed for the understanding of such fundamentally secular, individual, and aesthetic enterprise such as that of later Western literature? This public lecture introduces the Bible as a ‘Great (Literary) Text’.

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Start: 3 May 2012 5.30pm

End: 3 May 2012 7pm

Venue: Hiddingh Hall

Phone: +27 21 650 7156

Email: ica@uct.ac.za

Performance – Fragile

Capetonian Choreographer Nicola Eilliott will present the first work of 2012, created by recipients of the Emerging Theatre Directors Bursary. Inspired by Claudio Stellato’s ‘L’Autre’, Elliott’s ‘Fragile’ explores performer presence and the performance of the moment.

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Start: 1 May 2012 8pm

End: 6 May 2012 9pm

Venue: Theatre Arts Admin Collective

Phone: +27 21 650 7156

Email: ica@uct.ac.za

Great Texts – Pierre de Vos

Leading political commentator, writer and academic Professor Pierre de Vos presents a public lecture entitled “’Taking risks, taking responsibility': on whiteness and full citizenship under the South African Constitution”. Professor De Vos’s lecture will engage with an article published by Rhodes University philosopher Samantha Vice entitled “How do I live in this Strange Place”, in which she reflects critically and sensitively on what it is to be white in a country like South Africa and how white people should live in this country – the “strange place” of her title.

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Start: 19 April 2012 5.30pm

End: 19 April 2012 7pm

Venue: Hiddingh Hall

Phone: +27 21 650 7156

Email: ica@uct.ac.za

Great Texts – Daya Reddy

In ‘A Mathematician’s Apology’, G.H. Hardy addresses a range of topics that include justifications for the study of mathematics; its aesthetic qualities; notions of usefulness; and the relationship between age and creative powers. Professor Daya Reddy’s lecture will explore aspects of Hardy’s essay by providing some historical context, and by re-examining its key elements from a modern perspective.

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Start: 12 April 2012 5.30pm

End: 12 April 2012 7pm

Venue: Hiddingh Hall

Phone: +27 21 650 7156

Email: ica@uct.ac.za

Great Texts – Griselda Pollock

Jewish German artist Charlotte Salomon created a vast project of visual narrativity, musicality and textuality in isolation between 1941 and 1942. In her lecture, Griselda Pollock offers a series of readings of Salomon’s work through encounters with the artists and intellectuals whose company Life? or Theatre? demands in order to find its place in history and render it legible to us now. 

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Start: 2 April 2012 5.30pm

End: 2 April 2012 7pm

Venue: Hiddingh Hall

Phone: +27 21 650 7156

Email: ica@uct.ac.za

Music in the City – Nicky Schrire plus 3

Launching the 2012 Music in the City concert series, Nicky Schrire will be joined by three of South Africa’s finest jazz luminaries: Andrew Lilley (piano), Charles Lazar (bass), and Heinrich Goosen (drums). The quartet, led by Schrire, will be performing music from the American Songbook (Rodgers, Hammerstein, Gershwin) as well as songs from the South African musical repertoire (Winston Mankunku, Victor Ntoni).

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Start: 20 March 2012 8pm

End: 20 March 2012 10pm

Venue: Hiddingh Hall

Phone: +27 21 650 7156

Email: ica@uct.ac.za

Great Texts – Neo Muyanga

Using animated designs and selections of music, acclaimed musician Neo Muyunga will discuss the genesis of The Flower of Shemba, the conceptual basis for it as well as the considerations of mounting the work inside one of our country’s most contested terrains – the Iziko South African National Gallery.

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Start: 15 March 2012 5.30pm

End: 15 March 2012 7pm

Venue: Hiddingh Hall

Phone: +27 21 650 7156

Email: ica@uct.ac.za

GIPCA at Infecting the City

The Gordon Institute for Performing and Creative Arts (GIPCA) presents a number of installations and performances at this year’s Infecting the City Public Arts Festival (ITC), in and around the Cape Town city centre from 6 to 10 March 2012. The works emerge from the University of Cape Town’s performing arts departments and Donald Gordon Creative Arts Fellows, as well as commissioned pieces that look at public space engagement in compelling ways.

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Start: 6 March 2012

End: 10 March 2012

Venue: Various venues throughout the city

Phone: +27 21 650 7156

Email: ica@uct.ac.za

Great Texts – Margie Orford

Award-winning journalist and internationally acclaimed writer Margie Orford will present an analysis of The Simple Art of Murder. Written in 1944, Raymond Chandler’s famous and enduring essay on the ethics and the aesthetics of writing crime and fiction frames so much about the perception of crime and its representations – both fictional and real.

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Start: 1 March 2012 5pm

End: 1 March 2012 7pm

Venue: Hiddingh Hall

Phone: +27 21 650 7156

Email: ica@uct.ac.za

Great Texts – Handspring Puppet Company

Dr. Temple Grandin is a high-functioning autistic who has written with great insight into the way animals and autistic people think. Puppeteers Adrian Kohler and Basil Jones will talk about the influence of Grandin’s book Animals in Translation has had on their work, explaining why they enrole their audiences as “autistics” and what the implications of this way of regarding an audience are for their philosophy of the theatre.

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Start: 23 February 2012 5pm

End: 23 February 2012 7pm

Venue: Hiddingh Hall

Phone: +27 21 650 7156

Email: ica@uct.ac.za

Futures of Nature / Facts that Matter

The dualism between humans and nature has been a defining characteristic of modernity, alongside the incorporation of the world into global markets and the attendant production of waste on a scale never seen before. Convened by cultural commentator and critic Sarah Nuttall (University of Stellenbosch), this discussion will include leading international academics Cori Hayden, Ackbar Abbas, Dick Hebdige, Karim Makdisi, Achille Mbembe and David Goldberg.

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Start: 7 February 2012 5pm

End: 7 February 2012 7pm

Venue: Hiddingh Hall

Phone: +27 21 650 7156

Email: ica@uct.ac.za