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#LiveLove StreetFashion

 #LiveLove StreetFashion #LIVELOVE STREETFASHION 

Date: 27 June 2015
Time: 4pm 'till late
Venue: Opera Foyer


Designers showcasing:
1. Candid Fashion Design 
2. Fierce Blaque  

Come and join us in celebrating #LiveLove StreetFashion at the South African State Theatre
The day will be packet with, Live Music, African Art And Food and fashion as the Highlight of the day

In collaboration with Troublesome Kids 

Ticket will be sold at Computicket. Limited seats. Book now and avoid missing out…


Kweku the Spider

Kweku the Spider KWEKU THE SPIDER

DATE: 5 June 2015
TIME: 12:00 noon
VENUE: Opera Theatre 


This is the musical story about the spider named Kweku Ananse who wanted to own all the folk stories known in Africa. But unfortunately all the stories were owned by Nyame (Sky-God). Ananse asked Nyame of a possibility to own all the stories. Nyame decided to put on a high- price tag on the stories. He gave Kweku the following challenging tasks to complete - i.e.

Bees
Python
Monkey
Lion
Leopard


Ananse with his intelligence he managed to complete all the tasks. This is how Ananse owned the stories. Through his powers and pride he undermined other creatures. He became pompous and selfish.

We see his selfishness when he victimizes a hungry Tortoise by asking it to wash its hands before eating with him. He kept sending it back and forth to the river to wash them so that he can finish his food. He knew very well that a tortoise’s hands won’t get clean because it walks slowly with both hands and feet.

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Drama for Life

Drama for Life 3 JUNE – 13 JUNE: 
CANTOS OF A LIFE IN EXILE
and 
MORWA: THE RISING SON

CANTOS OF A LIFE IN EXILE: 
Makhaola Ndebele
An auto-biographical journey of an exiled South African, through multiple fragmented assumed identities, in search of one holistic identity best characterised by the experience of finding home. “The performance explores the displacing effects of cultural, political, and social exile on a South African citizen exiled during Apartheid…It is a theatrical hybrid, drawing from a variety of theatre and performance influences, but more specifically rooted in indigenous Southern African performance genres, namely iiNgoma (healing rituals), iziBongo (praise poetry), and iintsomi (storytelling).” says Ndebele. 

MORWA: THE RISING SON: 
Tefo Paya
We follow the story of ‘Morwa’ a Young Motswana Man and his journey of discovering what it means to be a man. The play is based on Paya's personal narrative and looks to evoke dialogue and a better understanding of the challenges faced by Young Men in Africa. 

17 JUNE – 27 JUNE:
SYNAPSES, BROKEN CHANT 
and 
THE FUNERAL 

SYNAPSES
Synapses, performed by Razeen Wentworth, is a comedic parody that never stops being rehearsed and Broken Chant, performed by Sonia Radebe, is an exploration of the rites of passage of the African Woman.

BROKEN CHANT
The pieces go together hand-in-glove, exploring identity though the moving body. Choreographed by dance stalwart Nhlanhla Mahlangu with videography by Tony Miyambo both Synapses and Broken Chant promise to be a highlight at the South African Theatre Season.

THE FUNERAL 
Last up is emerging Writer and Performer, Simo Majola's The Funeral. Winner of the Drama for Life Open Call for this Season, The Funeral promises a weird and wonderful exploration of identity though the great unknown of death itself. “Told through poetry, movement and soliloquise, The Funeral isn’t a spooky production about the afterlife, but a lyrical reflection on the brief ephemerality we call life: One leaves the theatre touched on an acutely personal level by something profound” says Steyn Du Toit of the Cape Times.

Youth Expressions Festival 2015

Youth Expressions Festival 2015

The youth protests of June 16th 1976 were pivotal as one of the key events that fuelled the change that eventually led to a democratic New South Africa. Nowadays June is celebrated as Youth month and the 16th of the month as Youth Day. One of the expectations with this is that the youth of today should acknowledge – and learn from – what their 1976 predecessors went through to fight for the freedom they are enjoying today, how the youth took to the street to fight the unfair – and below par – education system when they felt “enough is enough” and demanded a bright future for themselves and the future youth.

This festival was conceived with that principle, not just of nostalgia, but of that guiding aphorism that “people who do not learn from the past are bound to repeat it”, and that today’s youth can learn a lot from that fighting spirit that characterised the youth of 1976. This festival celebrates the creative spirit of the youth, remembers their past, celebrates their hopes and acknowledges their importance. It is a vibrant platform with which the youth can express themselves artistically in Drama and other forms. It also serves to remind the youth of today that if they want change in their lives they should take a stand and express themselves in a way that has a positive impact in their lives and the lives of other people.       

DOWNLOAD THE EVENTS CALENDAR HERE           

1.    OPENING CEREMONY

Date: 16 June

Time: 11:00

Venue: Applause Square

March starting at Applause Square, around the Sammy Marks square block ending back at Applause Sqaure

Mahofi Youth Acts

Festival DJ

 

2.    RESIDENT EXPRESSIONS

·         Tit For Tat

·         Listen

·         Diva Reunion

·         The Kraal

·         Walk Out

 

3.    FRINGE EXPRESSIONS

·         Historical Journey

·         Lefese Boss!

·         Stay Away From Boys!

·         Fadi – Spiritual Rhythm

·         One Of Us

 

4.    MAIN EXPRESSIONS

·         Missing

·         Napo Masheane And Friends

·         Broken Chant & Synapses

·         The Funeral

 

5.    MAHOFI YOUTH ACTS

VENUE: APPLAUSE SQUARE 

DATES: 19 JUNE 2015 at 14:00 & 26 JUNE 2015 14:00

 

6.    POETIC EXPRESSIONS

COORDINATED BY: NJrD Entertainment

VENUE: ARENA BAR

DATES: FRI, 19 JUNE 2015 at 16:00 (Round One)

TUES, 23 JUNE 2015 at 16:00 (Round Two)

FRI, 26 JUNE 2015, 16:00 (Final Battle)

 

7.    JAZZ EXPRESSIONS

·         Sabelo Mthembu

·         Moses Molelekwa Foundation

·         Joel Zuma

·         Music Academy of Gauteng

 

8.    FUNNY EXPRESSIONS

JUNE 20  LINE UP                                          

Lethu LJay
Sipho Xokiyane
Mdu Ntuli
Malai Jones


                                  

JUNE 27 LINE UP 

Roro Gantsho
Phillip Dikotla
Nonkululeko Mthethwa
Skholo Mayisa


9. MUSIC MAIN ACT
The Soil - click here to book 
VENUE: THE OPERA THEATRE, STATE THEATRE
DATE: SAT, 27 JUNE 2015, 20:00

TSHWANE COMEDY NIGHTS

TSHWANE COMEDY NIGHTS      TSHWANE COMEDY NIGHTS
VENUE: RENDEZVOUS THEATRE
DATE: 16 & 30 MAY 2015

16 MAY 2015: Nqoba Ngcobo, Nina Hastie, Zikho Sithole & Dave Levinsohn
Nqoba Ngcobo
Recognizable from T.V, Nqoba works the JHB and Durban comedy scene as a host and headliner and he is a regular within the corporate entertainment scene. Nqoba is making significant career steps as a stand-up comedian and television actor. He used to manage a pizza outlet in Sunnyside, Pretoria, before he started on comedy. The hit comedy series Pure Monate introduced him to the comedy world.
Nina Hastie
Nina is quite clearly one smart comedienne. She is undoubtedly one of SA’s top female comic and Pretoria’s finest comics. Nina confidently sashays onto stage with bounce and style, yet you can already feel the edginess oozing off her before she's said a word. When she opens her mouth her material backs up the image in originality, and razor sharp observation and you immediately feel like you're in the presence of someone who could easily be amongst the best.
Zikho Sithole
Zikho Sithole is the graduate of the State Theatre Comedy Academy Class of 2013. His comedy is observational and he is a bit risqué every now and then, but all that makes his a darling with his comedy audience. He won the Yfm Comedy Battle in February 2015 and he runs the Tavern Comedy Nights in Soweto.
Dave Levinsohn
South African Comedian and king of improv-comedy, honed his skills as a host at the Coffee Lounge in 1997. He has regularly performed at the Vodacom International festival and the Smirnoff comedy festival. TV viewers are already familiar with Dave’s quirky, irrepressible humour from his ‘Big Black Box’ ads. Or possibly as the zany co-presenter in the first series of the SABC 3 TV shows ‘Going Nowhere Slowly’. Winner of the pro section of the Red bull comedy jam 2004. Winner of the Nando’s most original approach to comedy, Grahamstown 2008. He also opened for Aussie comic Jimoein. His material darts into more lateral territory, with his “slightly-weird-guy-next-door” approach to every subject under the sun; he’s odd, without being offensive.

30 MAY 2015: Jay Boogie, George Kuda, Smokey Nyembe & Khanyisa Bunu
Jay Boogie
“Jay Boogie born Jordan Mazibuko is one funny guy”. That’s what his fans and people that have seen him perform have to say. He does smart, street-wise and relevant comedy. He is that comedian that talks about everything. There is no Taboo subject. He is raw, hard-core and tells the truth. Jay Boogie has a huge following in South Africa and also in Swaziland. He is called the King of Comedy in Soweto and soon to be the King of Comedy in South Africa. Jay runs his own comedy club, in Soweto, called Ozone. He inherited it from his mentor Kedibone Mulaudzi. The comedy nights are legendary and get a full house all the time. He has performed at and hosted Soweto Comedy Festival and has shared the stage with most top has featured in 2 feature films that will be released in 2015 as well as SABC1s new sitcom Thandeka’s diary.
George Kuda
Zimbabwean-born, George Kuda and who has been a comedian since 2007 at Nomad Comedy's Open Mic Nights at Tony's Bar and Grill, Randburg. Kuda has shared stages with renowned stand-up comedians such as Martin Jonas, John Vlismas, Vittoria Leonardi, Joe Parker, Alyn Adams, Chris Forrest, Ronnie Madimola, Many Knight (UK), Darren Maule, Trevor Noah and Al Prodgers.
Smokey Nyembe
Smokey is a regular at the Soweto Premium Comedy Nights and the Jo’burg Premium Comedy Nights. His street smart, kasi-style comedy has more and more people following him on Twitter and Facebook and on the streets, literally. SMOWKEY NOW RATES HIMSELF AS THE DOPEST COMEDIAN IN THE UNDERGROUND COMEDY SCENE!!! Blowing your own horn hey Smokey?
Khanyisa Bunu
Hailing from Whittlesea in the Eastern Cape, Khanyisa is making her mark in the Joburg comedy scene. Having graced the stage at venues like Bambata, the eMalahleni Comedy nights and at the Soweto Premium Comedy Nights, Tshwane Comedy nights as well as the 99% comedy series, Khanyisa will be representing the country in Brazil as one of South Africas budding female comedians.



Production Schedule:
Time: 20:00
Tickets: Click here to book

JAZZ & AFRICAN MUSIC NIGHTS

JAZZ & AFRICAN MUSIC NIGHTS  JAZZ & AFRICAN MUSIC NIGHTS
VENUE: RENDEZVOUS THEATRE
DATE: 8, 15 & 29 MAY 2015

8 MAY 2015: MAX VIDIMA & FOUR FRIENDS
Max Vidima
And always a diversity of cultures shaking hands: Steven Lekas’ Cape Town goema piano meets Vidima’s Zim styled guitar; Tony Paco’s Mozambican swing on drums and percussion dances with Peter Ndlala’s Atlantic ocean bass; Buddy Well’s snake charming saxophone is seduced by the growling vocal majesty of Zukiswa Nomtshongwana (Old Mutual Jazz Encounter Afro-Jazz vocal winner in 2001) and the whispering tenderness of Vidima’s own voice. And no matter how you like to sway your hips, Sagiya is always infinitely danceable.
Four Friends
Members: Kabelo Thomane(Guitar/Vocals), Kee Kototsi(Bassist/Vocals) & Matime Peter(Pianist) 4Friendz Band, an afro soul band started in 2009 after the 4 members met at The South African State Theatre and pursued their career in the music industry. Friendz was privileged to perform at the Standard Bank Joy of Jazz 2009 and 2012, Sony 3D/HD Launch in 2010 at Sandton City Johannesburg, opened the stage for Vusi Mahlasela at the Capital Arts Festival 2009. They also shared the stage with Vusi Mahlasela at the Fifa Fan Fest in Polokwane 2010 as well as performing at Capital Arts Festival in 2010 at The South African State Theatre. Contact them on fourfriendzband@outlook.com.

15 MAY 2015: ISABELA NOVELLA & KOTO PULANE
Isabela Novella
Born in Maputo-Mozambique and growing up on music stages around the world, Isabel Novella has, since 2005, performed together with NecoNovellas (her family band) in more than 50 festivals in Europe; including, Dunya, Oreol, Roots, Mundial, and North Sea Jazz Festivals (all in Holland), plus other world music and jazz festivals in France, Berlin, Bulgaria, Belgium, Luxembourg, just to mention a few. At these festivals, she has shared a stage with artists like Chaka Khan, Liz Wright, Jill Scott, Patty Metheny, Jose James, Bobby McFerrin, Alicia Keys, and many more in festivals around Europe. In 2009, she was one of the singers chosen to feature on the album Beyond Borders released in USA 2009, which involved big musicians from 4 Continents where the only singers representing Africa were Isabel Novella – (Mozambique) and Marie Dualne of Zap Mamma - (Congo- Belgium). Before Isabel Novella could release her debut album self-titled Isabel Novella, she performed at the Road to The Standard bank Joy of Jazz Festival at the Lyric Theatre in July 2012 alongside South Africa’s greatest singer Zahara. Isabel Novella also graced the stage at the Annual Pan African Buyelekhaya Music Festival which took place in East London, South Africa in December 2012. She performed alongside Africa’s greatest musician Salif Keita. In July 2013, Isabel Novella toured Portugal to promote her debut album and on her return back home, she will perform in Mozambique on the 24th August 2013 at the More Jazz Series Festival alongside Jonathan Butler and other fellow musicians from Mozambique.
Koto Pulane
It all began in at the age of five in Daveyton at 11687 Polane Street which also his uncle 'Dilateng' and aunt Masetumo had some influence in this young's ambition to stardom. His mother and father always saw this and created an environment that will ensures his dream will be a reality. This multi-talented musician also has a theatre background. Being a perfomer and music director is second nature to him. He has performed alongside prominent musicians in the country, like the late Nana Coyote, Jazzil Brothers, Siphokazi and many more. Last year in 2014 he also got interviewed on Mhlobo Wenene fm and the response was amazing. The album is produced by D.T.Maseko a.k.a Trevor Mako who has produced the likes of Lebo Mashile, featured by Dj Mbuso, Eltonnick, Sol Phenduka, Kabomo and many more.

29 MAY 2015: AYO SOLANKE & KHUMBA
Ayo Solanke
Ayo Solanke is one of the most dynamic and energetic jazz and soul saxophonists to ever appear in the entire African music scene. His unique soulful style together with his creativity and innovation as an artist clearly sets him apart from the rest. He is a songwriter and arranger with a background in event management and project coordination with almost two decades of experience under his belt, a man of excellence with an incredible profile and a great personality; undoubtedly one of the best in the continent. He picked up the saxophone for the first time in 1997 during his first year studying Mechanical Engineering at the University of Lagos, Nigeria and has never stopped since then. He gradually developed into a virtuoso performer; a treasured sensation to music lovers everywhere. He has become one of the most sought after performers both on stage and in the studios. He has recorded with the likes of Kirk Whalum, Hugh Masakela, Zahara, Judith Sephuma, Pastor Benjamin Dube, Afrotraction, Jimmy Dludlu, Danny K, Pops Mohammed, Kunle Ayo and Agboola Shadare just to mention a few. Others include, Mimi Mtetwa, Theo Kgosinkwe, Sabelo Mthembu, Asa (Nig) and Onyeka Onwenu (Nig) - just to mention a few. He has performed before notable personalities such as Operah Winfrey, President Bill Clinton of USA, President Jacob Zuma of South Africa and President Olusegun Obasanjo of Nigeria.
Khumba
Kuumba Muzik Solutionz is an idea of a movement formed by young people who all share the same dream, which is finding ‘solutionz’ through art. “Kuumba” is Swahili for GOD’S CREATION/CREATIVITY, and the reason why we chose that name is because we are God’s creation that uses creativity to help with current problems. The kind of art we are doing is destined to help find solutions, hence the reason behind ‘solutionz’ in our name. Well Kuumba Muzik Solutionz’s idea came with Omari Jacobs, who is also an artist in the movement, refer page for more information on Omari and group members. The idea came at 3 SIA military base in Kimberley, Northern Cape, where The Department of Social Development (DSD) held youth camp for youth across South Africa. That is where Omari thought of the idea, according to him, his love of art and helping people became extreme there, and that is where he decided to take his guitar and started to play, after that, artists around started attracting themselves, I guess it was art that attracted them to each other.

Production Schedule:
Time: 20:00
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UHAMBO – THE JOURNEY

UHAMBO – THE JOURNEY UHAMBO – THE JOURNEY
VENUE: ARENA THEATRE
DATE: 2 - 25 SEPTEMBER 2015


An epic tale about one boy's adventure during a vibrant yet conflicting time in South Africa. The State Theatre in association with the Sibikwa Arts Centre is proud to present Uhambo.

Set against a gritty backdrop that epitomises Johannesburg, then and now, the audience will become enchanted by Uhambo, seen through the eyes of Mzamo, a scared and vulnerable teenage boy, born in the 1950’s in the Eastern Cape.

Uhambo – The Journey begins on the auspicious occasion of Nelson Mandela’s inauguration as President of the new South Africa. Far away from the ceremony, in the Eastern Cape, Mzamo, now an old man, sits and listens to Mandela’s speech on his radio and begins to reminisce about his life. Mzamo takes the audience back to the time when he was a fourteen year old boy and embarked on a journey to find his parents in eGoli, a trip that ultimately becomes his journey into manhood.

The harsh system of migratory labour, the ever–growing repression of apartheid forever shadows Mzamo as he travels on trains meeting eclectic and colourful people whose laughter hides abject poverty and suffering. Finally Mzamo finds his parents only to be separated again; he continues his journey this time to the Coal Brook mine where he is confronted with the 1960 Coal Brook disaster.

Uhambo, an inspiring story of true grit, is told through a wondrous mixture of music, dance, drama, mime and dialogue; it atmospherically captures the essence of South Africa during the 1950s.

First presented in 1997, Uhambo, written and directed by Sibikwa directors Phyllis Klotz and Smal Ndaba, was nominated for a Vita Award and toured the USA and South Africa extensively.

Production Schedule:
Time: 20:00
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ABSOLUTE DANCE 2015

ABSOLUTE DANCE 2015 ABSOLUTE DANCE 2015
VENUE: DRAMA THEATRE
DATUM: 16 MAY 2015


“Absolute Dance 2015,” featuring Act 1 from the ballet “La Sylphide” and “From the Heart / Desde el Corazón,” a stunning new work by Maria – Lorca Montoya and Helen de Jongh. An evening of spectacular dance showcasing the outstanding talents of Pro Arte Alphen Park’s incredible Dance Department. “Act 1 of “La Sylphide,” choreographed by Auguste Bournonville, a ballet from the romantic period, challenge the learners technically and stylistically to tell a story as well as dance and act to their full potential. “From the Heart / Desde el Corazón,” choreographed by Maria – Lorca Montoya and Helen de Jongh, is a new work which incorporates the fusion of both Spanish and Jazz, and pushes the learners far out of their comfort zone.

Production Schedule:
Time: 15:00 & 19:30
Tickets: Click here to book

Missing

Missing MISSING
VENUE: DRAMA THEATRE
DATE: 1 - 28 JUNE 2015

Written By John Kani
Directed by Janice Honeyman
Starring John Kani, Susan Danford, Buhle Ngaba & Apollo Ntshoko

This is Tony-award-winning Kani's first full-length play since his Nothing But the Truth in 2002, which received numerous accolades locally and abroad. Once again he teams up with theatre bluebloods Janice Honeyman (director) and Mannie Manim (lighting designer) to bring to life this new South African love story and political thriller.
The cast features Kani as Robert Khalipa, Susan Danford as his Swedish wife, Anna Ohlson, and newcomer Buhle Ngaba as their daughter, Ayanda, a medical student. Apollo Ntshoko plays Peter Tshabalala, a young comrade and Robert's assistant in the ANC office in Stockholm.
Robert has been living in exile in Stockholm for over 30 years with his wife (who has inherited her father's large electronic and communications company) and their daughter Ayanda, who was born there. They are a happy family but this is all about to change.
Bongani Bennedict Masango : Writer, Director and Composer Moses “Strike Moshe” Tholo : Musical Director, Music Arranger and Composer Percy Mthunzi : Music Arranger and Composer Thamsanqa Langeni : Music Arranger and Producer .

Performance schedule:
Time: 20:00
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FISHERS OF HOPE

FISHERS OF HOPE FISHERS OF HOPE
VENUE: ARENA THEATRE
DATE: 6 - 23 May 2015

Acclaimed writer and director Lara Foot sets her Fishers of Hope (Tawaret) by a misty lake in Africa. The family’s breadwinner has been injured by a hippo, the people who depend on him have no food. Instead of showing us a social tragedy, Foot uses a mesmerising magical realism to give her characters space to talk about hope as the binding metaphysical power of their community. Traditional African storytelling is mixed with dance, music and video projections in a family drama that also shows the tragedy of an entire continent running out of hope.

“Lara Foot finds a universe in a small story.” – Marianne Thamm,

Daily Maverick .


“Fishers of Hope sets a precedent to local theatre which will be hard to match.” ‐ Jaro Kalac,

WhatsoninCapeTown .


“Foot’s latest contribution to South African theatre is brilliantly staged and well served all round.” ‐ Beverley Brommert,

Cape Argus .



Production Schedule:
Time: 20:00
Tickets: Click here to book

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