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ART EXPLOSION FESTIVAL (article first published : 2005-10-17)

The Eager Artists Theatre Company presents The Art Explosion Festival at the BAT Centre Hall. This mini festival is aimed at school audiences and will feature three productions: Pula The Dance Journey, Walls and The Legacy of Song written and directed by the company’s managing and artistic director, Jerry Pooe.

Pula Dance Journey is a musical about the journey of different cultures expressing themselves through dance linked by poetry and song. Dance Journey showcases the uniqueness of South Africa and celebrates its multi-culturalism with pride.

Walls: Being a child with a single parent is a common trend these days. There are enormous challenges that face the child during the development process. This production is about a journey of personal identity of a young man who had to break the “walls” that he created around and within himself, hating his parents, society and himself. The Truth Commission helps him to deal with the pain of his past and present. He learns to forgive and this leads him to find peace and freedom.

The Legacy Of Song concert depicts how music plays a pivotal role in everyone’s daily lives. “Our life is a song,” says Jerry. “In pain, we sing. In joy, times of death, we sing. When the baby is born we sing, to connect with our God, to connect with our ancestors we sing, during the days of protest we sang and when we received our freedom we sang celebrating the new dawn of our lives.”

The festival takes place from October 17 to 20 and is aimed at school audiences. Shows run from 10h00 to 13h30 for four days. Tickets R20 for all three shows and bookings are through the Eager Artists Office on 031 305 1624, during office hours.

Winding-up the festival on October 22 at 19h00 is the fundraising evening performance for Eager Artists’ Happy Faces HIV/AIDS programme for children’s homes affected and infected by HIV/AIDS. The show takes the form of a double bill – Walls and The Legacy of Song featuring Madala Kunene and Patty Nokwe. An exhibition accompanies the performance.

The Happy Faces programme will be running in orphanage homes during November and December 2005. Aimed at benefiting all children’s homes in KZN, it will start with those within Ethekwini Municipality and then expand to other areas. A team of approximately 25 visual and performing artists from Eager Artists will visit these homes, teaching children about different art forms such as dance, storytelling and visual arts. This training will be given at no charge to these “young artists”, therefore donations, funding and sales of artworks in exhibitions will play a major role in making this project a success.

Bookings for the evening fund-raising performance can be made by phoning 031 305 1624 or at the door. Tickets R100 and include cocktail snacks and soft drinks during interval.

More information from Andile on 031 305 1624 or email: pfcaters@mweb.co.za




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