Eliot Moleba at the Schauburg Theater, Munich.

READING IN GERMAN AND ENGLISH

The South African playwright Eliot Moleba is a scholarship holder for two months at the Künstlerhaus Villa Waldberta in the state capital of Munich. During this time he will work closely with the Schauburg. Our actors joyfully present resche texts from his pen. Eliot Moleba and his German publisher Bernd Steets report from the writing room in dialogue with dramaturge Anne Richter.

 

Date: Sunday, December 16, 2018 | Venue: Schauburg Theater

For more info, visit this link: https://www.schauburg.net/de/node/1482

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55th Theatertreffen Berlin 2018

This May I was invited to Berlin by The Federal Republic of Germany’s Visitors Programme, which enables foreign opinion leaders to see Germany with their own eyes and thus gain an authentic, up-to-date and nuanced insight into the country.

Introduction to the promotion of theatre in Germany (Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media, German Federal Cultural Foundation) and insight into Berlin’s theatre scene (e.g. HAU, Maxim Gorki Theater, Deutsches Theater). Visit to the Theatertreffen and to selected productions in German theatres. Opportunities to network, also through workshops, with figures from the German theatre scene.

PARTICIPANTS

Ms. Anzhela KRASHEUSKAYA| Belarus
Direktorin ART CORPORATION Visual and Performing Arts Centre Minsk

Ms. Beatriz JUNQUEIRA| Brasil
Director, Culture Manager, Curator, Director, Multidisciplinary Artist, Lecturer Tempo Theatre Festival Rio de Janeiro

Ms. Fangling HUANG| China
Actress, Theatre Director, Freelance Artist, Founder of a.f. art theatre Fangli Shanghai Dramatic Arts Centre Shanghai

Ms. Indira RODRÍGUEZ RUIZ| Cuba
Theatre Critic, Publisher Tablas-alarcos Theatre Publishing House Havana

Ms. Edisa Fabiola PAZMIÑO GUERRERO| Ecuador
Production Manager Fundación Teatro Nacional Sucre Quito

Ms. Rebecca JASMINE| India
Executive Producer, Head of Programme, Education and Training Jagriti Theatre Bangalore Bangalore

Mr. Yair ASHKENAZI| Israel
Theatre critic for the culture supplement “Gallery” Haaretz Daily newspaper Givatayim

Ms. Salome Mshai MWANGOLA| Kenya
Theatre Scholar and Artist African Leadership Centre

Ms. Dana BJORKA| Latvia
Director Latvian Ministry of Culture Russian Theatre Riga

Ms. Marcela DIEZ MARTINEZ DE ALBOUZE| Mexico
Director Festival Internacional Cervantino (FIC) Mexico City

Professor Petar PEJAKOVIĆ| Montenegro
Director, Festival Director, Associate Professor at the Faculty of Dramatic Arts in Cetinje Kotor Festival of Theatre for Children (KotorArt) Faculty of Dramatic Arts in Cetinje (Department for Direction) Podgorica

Mr. Aleksei BADAEV| Russia
General Director and Artistic Manager, Member of the Board of the Russian Theatre Association Yekaterinburg Theatre Yekaterinburg

Ms. Urška BRODAR| Slovenia
Dramaturge Slovensko Mladinsko Gledališče Slovenian Youth Theatre Ljubljana

Mr. Eliot MOLEBA| South Africa
Director, Writer, Dramaturg The South African State Theatre

Mr. José Luis GÓMES GARCÍA| Spain
Founding Director, Actor, Member of the Real Academia Espanola Teatro de la Abadía Madrid

Ms. Gülden ÖKTEM| Turkey
Correspondent and Editor Milliyet Daily Culture and Arts Section Istanbul

Mr. Volodymyr HOLOSNIAK| Ukraine
Artistic Director, Actor, Director Ivan Kozlovsky Art and Concert Centre Kiev National Academic Theatre of Operetta Kiev

Mr. Carl Michael| DOVE USA
Director, Artistic Director Forum Theatre Washington Silver Spring, MD

Mr. Jorge José ROIG GRATEROL| Venezuela
Actor, Director, TV Host Caracas

Next Generation Program 2018 – ASSITEJ Pakistan

ASSITEJ Pakistan
Next Generation participants after the final showcase.

Young and emerging performing artists from 11 different countries, with 10 theatre makers from Pakistan, collaborated in the cross-cultural workshop between February 27 and March 4.

Performance showcase was on March 4 at Peeru’s Cafe in collaboration with Raafipper Theatre Workshop.

Brief Profile of Selected International Participants

 

To read a report of the collaboration, click here.

To read more about ASSITEJ Pakistan, click here.

Writer-in-Residence in Austria

Pakistan
Photo: © Moiz Alvi

Eliot Moleba is invited to develop a new play for a young audience by The Federal Chancellery of Austria, in cooperation with KulturKontakt Austria. The thematic focus of the piece will be on (im)migration, illegal settlements and occupation. The work will explore how such a dense for-ever-contemporary political topic can be made accessible to a younger audience that is living in a world that is increasingly building walls to separate “them” from the “others”, rather than bridges – interlocutors – to help us overcome these differences.

As part of his stay in Austria, Moleba will also conduct workshops with schools, teaching and training teachers.

To read more about the residency program, click here.

To read more about the school project, click here.

 

COLABNOWNOW

British Council Connect ZA is excited to announce the 15 creatives who will be taking part in ColabNowNow during the Fak’ugesi African Digital Innovation Festival 2017!

The selected creatives are:

East Africa

John Magati (KY), Darlyne Komukama (UG), Kampire Bahana(UG).

West Africa

Prince Kojo-Hilton (GH), Mamadou “Papi” Wane (SN), Mukhtara Yussuf (NG).

United Kingdom

Christopher Lutterodt-Quarcoo (UK), Olivia Mathurin (UK), Nikky Norton Shafau (UK).

Southern Africa

Janus Fouché (ZA), Nyasha Mada Madamombe (ZW), Hugo Mendes (MZ), Candida Merwe (ZA), Eliot Moleba (ZA), Lindokuhle Nkosi (ZA).

Read more about all of the creatives here: https://connectza.tumblr.com/ColabNowNow

Jepchumba (Jepchumba II), the ColabNowNow curator, will be exploring the following themes with the creatives: “ColabNowNow unleashes the best skilled, dangerous minds from Africa to re-imagine future forms of African storytelling by creating an interactive and immersive experience. 10 artists and 5 storytellers from West, East, Southern Africa and UK with multi-disciplinary talents will explore the creation of narratives in a post-screen, post digital world where non-linear is replaced by multi-linear, multi-modal, multi-layered and multi-access; content is scalable both fixed and mobile, across surfaces, across environments, across technologies for Africa!”

This article first appeared here.

Play Making and Script Development master classes

SA State Theatre

02/07/2017 10:10:35

SAST is calling arts practitioners who would like to refine their writing skills to be part of the Play Making and Script Development master classes. These are run by The South African State Theatre’s (SAST) Education Youth and Children Theatre (EYCT) Department.

Interested candidates are required to have a foundation of knowledge in play writing. Please submit CV’s and biographies to nompumelelo@statetheatre.co.za with the subject line “Play Making Master Class”. Applications closes 25 February 2017.

Classes will be conducted as follows:
– Dates: 03 – 05 March 2017
– Times: 09:00 – 17:00 daily

Successful applicants will have the opportunity to be mastered by Mr Eliot Moleba. This is a great opportunity for aspiring arts practitioners to acquire skills and broaden knowledge that will enable them to open doors of the industry.

The EYCT continues to develop artists and provide them with opportunities to become independent and create work for themselves.

For more information please contact Nompumelelo Skhosana on 012 392 4062 or e-mail her on nompumelelo@statetheatre.co.za. Please also visit our website www.statetheatre.co.za

Artslink.co.za Account:
Thakgatso Setseta
thakgatso@statetheatre.co.za
012 392 4045
www.statetheatre.co.za

Related Venue:

SA State Theatre Complex, Pretoria Gauteng South Africa

Sizwe Banzi lives in a new play

JOHN Kani’s, Athol Fugard’s and Winston Ntshona’s Sizwe Banzi Is Dead is one of SA’S classic and important plays dealing with the everyday plights of the black man during apartheid.

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In it Sizwe Banzi, who is jobless with an expired work permit, faces the prospect of going home to the disappointed faces of his family who expect him to be who he’s always been: the breadwinner. In a twist of events he takes on the identity of a murdered stranger who happens to have the work permit he so needs, thus considering his own identity, as Sizwe Banzi, dead.

The effects of this timeless piece have resulted in three youngsters creating a new play in response to the original. Sizwe Banzi Is Alive, directed by Eliot Moleba, with actors Simpho Mthenjwa and Msiza Mbali, who are Wits graduates, speaks to how the issues in Sizwe Banzi Is Dead have affected today’s generation.

“For every action there is a consequence. For every missing person there is a family living with the mystery of their disappearance,” goes the tag line for the new play.

Moleba believes this is a story forming one case of the many unsolved mysteries of SA’S wounded people and past. And this is a personal story. Msiza and Mthenjwa will present a number of characters who will take the audience through a heartfelt story of a young man in search of his grandfather, his name and his past.

“The new play marks the risks and bravery invested and celebrated about the original Sizwe Banzi as one of the timeless stories of our heritage. And it is in the relentless pursuit of one’s identity that this work draws an inspiration to tell a new story about my identity within the contemporary South African socio-political landscape. So this is an entirely new search of separate voice and self in a different time frame within the South African context. My re-imagination of the narrative weaves in the issues that reflect most of the truth and challenges of our current time,” says Moleba.

The story follows a grandson’s search for a distant past. Wiseman goes to New Brighton where his grandfather was last seen. What this unravels is dramatic tension and conflict that comes with meeting the right name, but the wrong face.

Talking about the creative process, Moleba says he and his cast realised that as the new generation, they were Wiseman and they were dealing with their personal narratives – which, more than feeding into the process, were the process.

“I believe it is through our stories that we remind ourselves and each other what it means to share our life experience and embrace our common humanity. Thus, as a contemporary young theatre-director in search of a ‘new voice’, I love and want to create a theatrical space that engages with social issues that are thoughtprovoking, reflective, relevant and pressing to my audience(s).

“As such, Sizwe Banzi Is Alive is an artistic offering that engages with a tone that begins to creatively shape a personal and collective voice. How am I, born into a new democratic South African society, supposed to make sense of where I come from when my personal and family history is a mystery to me?” Moleba asks.

For him and his cast the play is a confrontation of the generation gap. It’s a dialogue about the old and new generations’ relationship(s) with the past, and audiences are welcome to bring their stories too.

These youngsters’ objective is to open up a conversation among SA artists, friends, parents, grandparents and most importantly the youth. They plan to take the production to high schools and community halls and spread it far and wide.

is on at Space.com at the Joburg Theatre from June 6-10 before moving to Cape Town in July.

The article first appeared here.

Theatre For Change

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