The opportunity to experience Brett Bailey and Third World Bunfight’s Macbeth is one of the highlights of the vNAF. Bold and boisterous, Verdi’s opera set in a modern-day Democratic Republic of Congo declares its politics with a brash appeal to “make the Congo great again.” A Balkan orchestra and South African cast bring what critics called “a complete integration of music, text, drama, and politics” to an even wider audience than its initial international tour. From across the border comes another musical gem with the VR traditional dance, theatre, science fiction musical film from Botswana, The Cosmic Egg. Hunters follow an unusual ostrich egg to the future with a soundtrack comprising original compositions and opera. Futuristic is what comes to mind when watching choreographer David Middendorp’s Airman. The technological wizardry which allows one dancer and a fleet of drones to perform in scintillating synchronicity is breath-taking. More than a decade of development has allowed this collaboration between man and machine – a neat solution to social distancing in dance performance. As digital exhibitions and festivals become more commonplace the revised curatorial approaches required are discussed by filmmaker, photographer and TMRW gallery curator Brooklyn J Phakathi.
WEDNESDAY 01 JULY
Songs are like the Grass: Madosini in ConcertMusic
A fascinating glimpse into the life and music of the 2020 National Arts Festival Featured Artist.
Attempt on Dying
Boris Nikitin relates the story of his father’s lethal ALS-disease and his own story of coming-out as a gay man 20 years ago.
The Cosmic EggMusical Theatre
Follow the Cosmic Egg through space on an adventure from the past to the musical future.
Virtual Black Out: Experiments in the Future of FormDigital Art and Theatre collaboration
Virtual Black Out: Experiments in the Future of Form’ takes a bold step into digital “space” making for virtual theatre and performance.
How to Pitch An Animated Show IdeaWebinar
Join Mike Scott (creator of Moosebox for Nickelodeon International and Dogshow with Cat for DisneyXD) as he explains how to pitch your animated show idea.
The Voice in Your HeadTalk, Performance Art
A playful, interactive, live Zoom show exploring the nature of mindfulness. At times a performance, at other times a participatory game.
isitimela Sendaba – The Story Train
11 days, 11 vibrant storytellers bring you a daily dose of African stories to engage and delight! Come journey with us on the ASSITEJ SA story train.
Human Study #1 from a distanceWebinar
Human Study #1 is an installation in which humans can take part in online streamed performances in which they are drawn live by robots located in Belgium.
MacbethTheatre, Opera, Performance Art
“One of the most brilliantly conceived and executed theatrical productions I have seen anywhere in many years…” DC Metro Theater Arts, Washington
Curating for the Digital Age
A short look at curatorial practices and exhibition models that operate as platforms for displaying, producing and disseminating artwork through and with the use of digital technologies.