Men­tor­ship for bud­ding en­trepreneurial artists

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CHOREGRAPHERS, ac­tors and script writ­ers have been given an op­por­tu­nity to show­case their tal­ents.

Young artists who have an in­ter­est in turn­ing their art into a busi­ness will be show­cas­ing their skills at this year’s South African State Theatre In­cu­ba­tor Pro­gramme.

The In­cu­ba­tion Pro­gramme aims to pro­vide busi­ness, tech­ni­cal and artis­tic men­tor­ship to semi-pro­fes­sional en­trepreneurial artists.

The In­cu­ba­tor Pro­gramme cov­ers artis­tic works in­clud­ing drama and mu­si­cal theatre, vis­ual arts, mu­sic and dance.

It takes artists through a pro­fes­sional devel­op­ment that as­sists them in per­sonal devel­op­ment, con­tent cre­ation, pro­duc­tion tools and cre­ates op­por­tu­ni­ties for its ben­e­fi­cia­ries when they exit the pro­gramme.

The State Theatre’s Ed­u­ca­tion Youth Chil­dren Theatre man­ager Thabiso Qwabe said the pro­gramme was ini­ti­ated af­ter the re­al­i­sa­tion of strug­gles and hard­ships that en­trepreneurial artist un­dergo in or­der to get their ca­reers off the ground. Qwabe said the pro­gramme aims to change the lives of young peo­ple in the arts sec­tor by equip­ping them with the­o­ret­i­cal and ex­pe­ri­en­tial devel­op­ment to be sus­tain­able in the in­dus­try.

Dancer and Chore­og­ra­pher Mduduzi Nh­lapo is one of the grad­u­ates of the pro­gramme who has been mak­ing waves with his pro­duc­tion en­ti­tled KIU.

His work was cu­rated for the main pro­gramme at this year’s Na­tional Arts Fes­ti­val in Makhanda in the East­ern Cape.

He also chore­ographed the new mu­si­cal “Free­dom” by SAST Artis­tic Di­rec­tor and award-win­ning play­wright Aubrey Sekhabi, which pre­miered in March this year.

The In­cu­ba­tion Pro­gramme is set to start on 18 Oc­to­ber with a the­matic dance pro­duc­tion en­ti­tled Traf­ficked, chore­ographed by the Yusuf Thomas from Al­ber­ton. The piece tells the story of hu­man traf­fick­ing in Africa and the globe.

In a fuse of afro­fu­sion and bal­let dis­ci­plines, Traf­ficked ex­tends to ad­dress so­cial ills re­lated to top­ics such femi­cide, pa­tri­archy, as well as the per­pet­u­a­tion of hu­man traf­fick­ing of the old-aged tra­di­tional cus­tom known as “Ukuth­wala.”

This pro­duc­tion made its pro­fes­sional de­but in the 2018 Youth Ex­pres­sion Fes­ti­val held at SAST in June. Now it has been se­lected to be in­cu­bated for main­stream. It will end on the 28 Oc­to­ber.

The In­cu­ba­tion Pro­gramme is set to start with the the­matic dance pro­duc­tion ti­tled Traf­ficked which ad­dresses so­cial ills re­lated to femi­cide and pa­tri­archy.

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