Fes­ti­val artists on the move

● Young, up-and-com­ing tal­ent take time off from the stage to re-en­er­gise for the new year en­gage­ments

Weekend Post (South Africa) - - Arts & Entertainment -

The Na­tional Arts Fes­ti­val asked a few of the out­go­ing 2018 Stan­dard Bank Young (SBYA) Artists about their ex­pe­ri­ences – and finds out what they’re up to next.

Jemma Kahn, The­atre

Mak­ing The Bor­row Pit as Stan­dard Bank Young Artist (SBYA) for The­atre 2018 was the per­fect ex­pe­ri­ence. There wasn’t a sin­gle ass­hole along the way – not in ad­min­is­tra­tion, pro­duc­tion or cre­ation. I think that is re­mark­able.

And I got to make some­thing I am very proud of in­deed. The Bor­row Pit will ap­pear at Wo­ord­fees in Stel­len­bosch in 2019. Book­ings are via www.jem­makahn.com.

We are also look­ing for the per­fect Cape Town the­atre venue for an ex­tended run of the show in 2019.

I’m off to Brazil for a hol­i­day: peo­ple say it’s well de­served but I say no one de­serves a hol­i­day. If you want a hol­i­day then you must have one.

Be­sides re­vivals of older work, I will be work­ing on a new kamishibai piece in col­lab­o­ra­tion with fel­low SBYA The­atre win­ner Jaco Bow­ers.

Thandi Ntuli, Jazz

I am pre­par­ing for some per­for­mances in Switzer­land early in 2019 at a fes­ti­val called Jaz­zw­erk­statt, as well as a Swiss tour fol­lowed by an artist res­i­dency sup­ported by Pro Hel­ve­tia.

I am ex­cited to be tak­ing this time out to up­skill and de­velop some ideas I’ve had, as well as meet and work with mu­si­cians in that re­gion.

I also have an ex­cit­ing col­lab­o­ra­tion I am work­ing on that I can­not re­veal much about yet – ex­cept that it’s noth­ing I’ve ever done. So lots of chal­lenges, stretch­ing, learn­ing and grow­ing.

The year as a Stan­dard Bank Young Artist has truly been mind-blow­ing.

I’m re­ally grate­ful. I am still tak­ing it all in, all the pos­si­bil­i­ties it has opened me up to, which I find very in­spir­ing.

Asanda Chuma Sopotela, Per­for­mance Art

It truly has been a won­der­ful, ful­fill­ing year.

It made my dreams come true and has given me a chance to build other dreams and friend­ships.

The best econ­omy is the hu­man econ­omy and be­ing a SBYA has brought me to­gether with peo­ple who have changed my life for the good, cre­atively and oth­er­wise.

I am spend­ing this hol­i­day with my fam­ily and my daugh- ter, who I had been away for so long be­cause of work.

I love all of you guys and have a fab­u­lous year go­ing ahead and happy meals (this I’m look­ing for­ward to).

Guy But­tery, Mu­sic

Over the fes­tive sea­son, I will be tak­ing time out to take part in a long med­i­ta­tion re­treat for an un­de­ter­mined length of time. The re­treat is sit- uated in a 2,300-year-old Bud­dhist monastery in a trop­i­cal for­est in Sri Lanka.

I have just com­pleted work on what will be my sev­enth al­bum re­lease, which is a duo with In­dian sitar player and vo­cal­ist Kanada Nara­hari. The al­bum also fea­tures fel­low SBYA Shane Cooper.

This is ex­pected to be re­leased in the first quar­ter of 2019, with tours al­ready in place through­out SA and the US.

And, im­me­di­ately upon my re­turn from the East, I will be work­ing on a fea­ture length film score.

Musa Hlatshwayo, Dance

I’ve had a won­der­ful year, both per­son­ally and work­wise. It’s been amaz­ing to have the sup­port of the Na­tional Arts Fes­ti­val and Stan­dard Bank. I feel hon­oured to have been given the plat­form to cre­ate and stage Udo­dana, a piece that is near and dear to me.

It has since been in­vited and per­formed at the Jomba Con­tem­po­rary Dance Ex­pe­ri­ence, where it was also re­ceived with thun­der­ous crit­i­cal ac­claim.

It is my wish for the work to tour and to show­case it in var­i­ous spa­ces – es­pe­cially as it trig­gers vi­tal di­a­logue around black mas­culin­ity and iden­tity at such a crit­i­cal time.

I’m [hav­ing] a safe, peace­ful, re­ju­ve­nat­ing, laugh­ter-filled hol­i­day back at home in Ma­phu­mulo, where I can re­con­nect and re­cen­tre; a re­treat of some sort.

I’m look­ing for­ward to kick­ing my danc­ing shoes off – lit­er­ally – and just walk­ing bare­foot in the space that holds so many dear mem­o­ries for me. This will pre­pare me for the big plans I have for 2019, which you will soon know about.

● Igshaan Adam, Vis­ual Art, was unavail­able for com­ment but his NAF ex­hi­bi­tion When Dust Set­tles is on at the Na­tional Gallery in Cape Town un­til Jan­uary 27.

● This re­port first ap­peared on the Na­tional Arts Fes­ti­val web­site

BUTTERASANDACHUMASOPOTELAGUYY

JEMMA KAHN

MUSA HLATSHWAYO

THANDI NTULI

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