A chance for au­di­ences, artists to con­nect

The Star Early Edition - - TONIGHT THEATRE -

THIS win­ter, Swiss Arts Coun­cil Pro Hel­ve­tia’s would like to test the bound­aries of your imag­i­na­tion. They’re hop­ing that you’ll keep the en­croach­ing chill at bay by warm­ing to a rich se­lec­tion of in­flu­en­tial artists from Mau­ri­tius, Mozam­bique, South Africa and Switzer­land. Their Win­ter Pro­gramme fea­tures a se­lec­tion of jazz, dance, con­tem­po­rary art and in­stal­la­tions, a dy­namic artis­tic jour­ney that opens the path for ex­plo­ration and dis­cov­ery.

This year’s Win­ter Pro­gramme takes the artists on a tour span­ning six cities and three coun­tries over two months. The range of per­for­mances and ex­hi­bi­tions on of­fer will fo­cus on gen­er­at­ing di­a­logue and in­ter­change,with a se­ries of in­sight­ful work­shops and panel dis­cus­sions that blend to achieve greater cre­ative devel­op­ment among com­mu­ni­ties.

“We are thrilled to work with a pow­er­ful line-up of artists this year, all of whom are among the finest prac­ti­tion­ers in their field,” said Pro Hel­ve­tia Head, Joseph Gay­lard. “We be­lieve in the po­ten­tial of cul­tural ex­change to de­velop re­la­tion­ships, strengthen hu­man ties and to pro­vide a vi­tal plat­form for ex­plo­ration and ex­per­i­men­ta­tion. Each per­for­mance and ex­hi­bi­tion in our Win­ter Pro­gramme gen­er­ates op­por­tu­ni­ties for new ex­pe­ri­ences and new en­coun­ters.

“The tours across South­ern Africa of­fer au­di­ences and artists a chance to con­nect with each other and ex­plore fa­mil­iar and un­charted cul­tural land­scapes. These in­ti­mate ex­pe­ri­ences can serve to re­in­force strong cul­tural ties across the SADC re­gion. We en­cour­age au­di­ences to join us in cel­e­brat­ing this rich di­ver­sity and ex­plo­ration of in­ter-cul­tural part­ner­ships.”

To­mor­row, at Un­cle Tom’s Hall in Soweto, Swiss artist Phillipe Saire will join the likes of Sello Pesa, Soweto-born chore­og­ra­pher and founder of the Nt­soana Con­tem­po­rary Dance Theatre and Mada­gas­car’s Gaby Sara­nouffi for a spe­cial pro­gramme of dance and film.

Pesa will present his new work Bag Beat­ing, while Sara­nouffi will show­case her crit­i­cally ac­claimed piece MOI.

En­trance is free and the per­for­mances start at 3pm.

Mean­while, at the Mar­ket Photo 1969 Gallery in New­town, you can see 21 Joburg – Mem­o­ries of Grow­ing Up, an au­dio-visual col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween Swiss artist Mats Staub and South African artists Nomonde Mbusi and Maia Marie.

This work is billed as a “pro­found med­i­ta­tion on mem­ory and sto­ry­telling (that) delves into the rec­ol­lec­tion of com­ing of age and asks par­tic­i­pants to ex­plore their ex­pe­ri­ence of the year in which they turned

Mada­gas­car’s Gaby Sara­nouffi in MOI.

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