A
 
Web www.artsmart.co.za
A R T S M A R T
arts news from kwazulu-natal

festivals
www.artsmart.co.za
enquiries@artsmart.co.za
 A current news
crafts - dance - drama - film & tv - literature
music - supper theatre - visual arts
miscellaneous news - festivals
letters to the editor
home page
archives A
crafts - dance - drama - film & tv - literature
music - supper theatre - visual arts
miscellaneous news - festivals
 

NB: as of 23 September 2008, all new artSMart articles are being published on the site news.artsmart.co.za.

FIRST PHYS @ FEST (article first published : 2005-06-28)

Professor Gary Gordon's First Physical Theatre Company is full of activity at this year's National Arts Festival. Four first-rate productions, the official launch of the First Physical Youth Company, the release of three DVD's as well as an informative new web site, and the announcement of the Company's new board members are all on the cards in Grahamstown between June 30 and July 9.

Red Crushed Velvet features three generations of outstanding choreographers. Gordon's latest physical theatre event, Tread, is an anthropologist's story of Nwotsmaharg. Specially commissioned, Johannesburg-based Jeanette Ginslov has produced Fear and Laughter created on the basis of the performance technique, Alba Emoting(tm). Bailey Snyman's "Straits", which premiered at the FNB Dance Umbrella, welcomes guest artist Lisia Moala, principal dancer with Independent Ballet Wales.

New Voices 2005 showcases two extraordinary solos choreographed and performed by the ethereal Penny Ho Hin (The Day I got my Body Back) and the powerful Noni Makhathini (I am). Bailey Snyman's Notes from Life is inspired by a collective South African history and the placard slogans of the homeless, the begrudged and the protestor. Haskins' entertaining event, Fever, is the story of a Parisian woman and her two greatest loves: a man and Africa.

On the Main Programme, watch out for the First Physical women in Juanita Finestone- Praeg's 37 Degrees of Fear which was commissioned last year for the Women's Arts Festival in Johannesburg. Featuring a cast of eleven astounding performers and a set design by Brett Kebble Award winner, Tanya Poole, 37 Degrees presents a rare opportunity to experience the power of some of South Africa's finest female artistic talents.

The First Physical Youth Company is to be officially launched and showcased on the Studio Programme in Brave New Leaps. The eleven teenagers chosen in March have been working with Company members in the creation of two new events. Noni Makhathini's Splinted previewed at the Eastern Cape Eistedfodd where it took a double gold certificate. Moments from this place (2003) is taken from the company rep and was originally choreographed by Nicola Haskins, Zoey Lapinsky and Bailey Snyman. Reworked for the Youth Company, Moments is an inspirational take on the landscape of the Eastern Cape.




 A current news
crafts - dance - drama - film & tv - literature
music - supper theatre - visual arts
miscellaneous news - festivals
letters to the editor
home page
archives A
crafts - dance - drama - film & tv - literature
music - supper theatre - visual arts
miscellaneous news - festivals
a co-production by caroline smart services and .durbanet. site credits
copyright © subsists in this page. all rights reserved. [ edit ] copyright details  artsmart