Infecting The City (ITC) is a vibrant and innovative annual public arts festival that takes place in the City of Cape Town. The Festival strives to bring exceptional, socially-engaged performance and visual art out of theatres and galleries and into the communal spaces of Cape Town’s Central Business District and beyond. Transforming the city into an outdoor venue, where art is free and accessible to everyone.
This year, the Africa Centre, in collaboration with the Gordon Institute for Performing and Creative Arts, launches the ITC Sessions. The ITC Sessions are a series of events in diverse spaces, keeping the unpredictable, inspiring spirit of Infecting The City alive. Each Session brings a dynamic programme of performance, dance, visual art and music out into the public, offering audiences a chance to stop, engage, be provoked and be moved. The artworks tackle current issues with humour and style; inject moments of quiet into busy urban streets; set muscles on fire and light up ideas and emotions. Private rituals are brought into the public sphere and personal encounters are playfully facilitated. The ITC Sessions open up public spaces as sites rich with questions, engaging the city and its people in creative conversation.
[Photo credits: Kenan Petersen - Pas In; Anthea Moys - The Portrait Exchange]
ITC Session 1 is curated by Leila Anderson. Curatorial advice is provided by Jay Pather. It takes place on 29 and 30 March 2016 – the Company’s Garden, Cape Town.Route starting point: 17:00 the Company’s Garden, below Iziko SA Museum.
1. Indoni Dance, Arts and Leadership Academy – Inkululeko | 20mi
2. Kenan Petersen – Pas In | ongoing during Session
3. Anthea Moys – The Portrait Exchange | ongoing during Session
4. Koleka Putuma – Africa, My Africa | 10min
5. Michael Fitzmaurice – Days Go By… (Pulling You Endlessly Into the Future)| ongoing during Session
6. Jeannot Kumbonyeki – Le Kombi | 20min
7. Hasan & Husain Essop – Ratibul al-hadat: A rendition of a traditional Cape Gathering of Remembrance. | 45min (only on 30 March)
Infecting The City Sessions 2016 is made possible with support from the City of Cape Town, Africa Centre, Spier, GIPCA and Pro-Helvetia.