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VAVASATI INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S FESTIVAL 2015


DATE: 8 – 31 AUGUST 2015

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Women have played a pivotal role  in our success as a national , on the 09th of August 1956 “20 000 women of all races marched to Pretoria's Union Buildings, to present a petition against the carrying of passes by women to the prime minister, JG Strijdom.” 
Vavasati International Women’s festival celebrates those 20 000 women who took it upon themselves to rise against injustice in our country.  We have come so far yet we have a long way to travel .Women Today have a voice, but we should never forget the contribution made in 1956 that journey has lead us to now. Vavasati International Women’s Festival is a  spectacle of dance, music, drama and poetry and it’s for Visionaries to inspire and encourage others, the Vocal to express themselves; voice out their opinions & concerns and remind  women that the 20 000 women from all races gave them a voice and that they should do the same.

 



WOMEN EMPOWERMENT SEMINAR

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Venue: Rendezvous 

Date: 9 August 2015
Time: 11:00

Women Empower Women, also referred to as WEW, is a powerful network of sisterhood where women are encouraged to embrace their feminine power, to embrace their worth and discover their passion. WEW is an exciting platform for women to come and empower one another. It is a place to network and meet like-minded and totally new people. At WEW we believe that each person has a story within them that can inspire others.


 




 

MUTE
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Venue: The Arena 
Dates: 11 August @ 18:00, 13 August @ 20:00, 15 August @ 14:00

Writer & Director: Kgaogelo Tshabalala
Mute is a narrative debate about life in South Africa’s black communities. It explores issues such as sex and relationships through the story of Puseletso, a young girl who grew up and still stays in the township with her father and nephew who is hooked on drugs.

 



WOMEN’S LIBERATION – ISILILO SABAFAZI

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Venue: Arena 

Dates: 12 August @ 18:00, 14 August @ 18:00, 15 August @ 18:00

Writer: Nhlanhla MazibukoDirector: Bongani Dlamini In 1918 when one of the women activists, Dr Makgomo Charlotte Maxeke founded the Bantu Women’s League, she was a visionary well ahead of her time, certainly not an ordinary woman. Maxeke was also a unifying figure and got other women involved in a fight against unjust laws and particularly the oppression of women. Under her leadership women were inspired to engage in protests against oppression. In 1943 members of the Bantu Women’s League officially became members of the African National Congress and in 1948 the African National Congress Women’s League was formed at the behest of this remarkable woman, Charlotte Maxeke. 

 




JAZZ SHOWS

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Venue: Rendezvous Theatre

Date: 14, 21 & 28 August

14 August: Vocal Queens and Ncamisa Nqana
Vocal Queens:
Three singers who are often seen in the background providing backing vocals for top South African and Overseas artists have teamed up again to showcase their unique talents. They wowed audiences back then with their versatile repertoire. Their music ranges from mbaqanga, funk, jazz to good listening music.
Ncamisa Nqana:
Ncamisa is an amazing vocalist, backing vocalist, songwriter and composer from Gauteng Tshwane, Mamelodi. Her music is influenced by African jazz, American jazz, Latin jazz and modal jazz. Listens to jazz musicians and vocalists such as Lindiwe Maxolo, Dianne Reeves, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, John Coltrane, Bheki Mseleku, Herbie Tsoaeli to name a few

21 August: Ayanda Nhlangothi and Vuyokazi
Ayanda Nhlangothi:

Ayanda can be described as one of South Africa's most versatile upcoming artists.Guided in her artistic development by mother Marilyn Nokwe of Mango Groove, Tu Nokwe of Shaka Zulu fame, and grandmother (family matriarch)- the legendary Patty Nokwe. Ayanda comes with a pedigree second to none. 
Vuyokazi:
Vuyokazi is an experienced singer/songwriter, she was nominated for Best Gospel Album at the 8th Metro FM Awards.

28 August: Tribute Mboweni and Amasistaz
Tribute 'Birdie' Mboweni:

A singer and songwriter, songbird Tribute ‘Birdie’ Mboweni was born and raised in Mkhuhlu, Mpumalanga. Having serenaded audiences in Qatar and Dubai playing with a jazz band featuring one of South African’s great jazz pianists, Sylvester Mazinyane, performing at COP17 national awareness events, as well as performing at the Earth Fest in Zambia, the petite singer is working diligently to carve a path that ensures that she too, has a place in the music industry.
Amasistaz:
Vuyokazi is an experienced singer/songwriter, she was nominated for Best Gospel Album at the 8th Metro FM Awards.


COMEDY SHOWS

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Date: 15 & 29 August

Venue: Rendezvous TheatreAugust 15th: MC: Judy Jake
Doreen Molefe (State Theatre Comedy Academy)
Tebogo Kgarume (State Theatre Comedy Academy)

Doreen Molefe
Jokes are everywhere around us, I might as well make a good living from it. Either that or just like my unemployed parents I can wait for jobs that Mandela promised us, says Doreen.
Tebogo Kgarume
This new breed of female comedian is blazing her way onto the male dominated stage with jokes about her childhood, family and work life. 
August 15th: Masingita Masunga (State Theatre Comedy Academy)
Noko Moswete (State Theatre Comedy Academy)
Masingita Masunga

As a sought after stand up comedian inspirational speaker who exudes confidence many have deemed her the epitome of true Confidence.
Noko Moswete
Noko enjoys delivering dry-wit punchlines that make her audience think as well as laugh out loud. People that have seen her perform reckons she has balls for a female comedian.

 




THE FAKE ZULU MAIDEN

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Venue: Intimate 

Dates: 18 August @ 14:00, 20 August @ 20:00, 21 August @ 14:00
Written and directed by Nonkululeko Mthethwa
A one-act comedy show which explores the life of young Zulu maiden who is considered fake by society because she is thin on the inside but thick on the outside, as she would say. The journey of this young woman is explored through different characters that comment on the stereotypes of what a Zulu person must be or act like.
The piece also comments on different races, the country’s unemployment problem, interviews that the fake Zulu maiden attends and what it means to be a fake Zulu maiden in the midst of it all.
The Zulu maiden touches on taboo issues about her sexuality in her community and her weight that she feels was caused by her grandmother who fed her too much while she was growing up. It’s a stand-up comedy with a difference. The actress portrays different characters with hilarious results. 

 




SILENT

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Venue: Arena 

Dates: 18 August @ 19:00, 20 August @ 14:00, 21 August @ 20:00
Written & Directed by Diamond Mokoape 
A man has been found dead. Through an investigation of trying to find the murderer, a story of a girl with a painful past unfolds. This is a tale about how a young woman digs into her past to unearth healing and reclaim her life, her journey, identity and chart her own destiny.

 




VIOLENT ECHOES AND SCORE

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Dates: 20 August @ 19:00, 21 August @ 19:00, 22 August @ 19:00

Venue: Satchmo’s Court Yard 

Company: Seity
Presented by: Jenin Lewis and Melodie Schoeman 
These works metaphorically trace elements of violence within relationships and echo how this violence may resonate in various couples’ lives. Not only are the themes of the performances appropriate for women to express their outrage, demand change, strike, dance, and rise in defiance of the injustices women suffer to demand an end at last to violence against women, but the piece is also conceptualised by women making it very appropriate for a celebratory festival. These shows are not to be performed in a conventional theatre. 

 




MASTER CLASSES: MAKING DYNAMIC POLITICAL
Venue: Studio 4D
Dates: 15 August @ 10:00-16:00, 22 August @ 09:00-13:30, 29 August @ 09:00-13:30 

Facilitated by Greg Homann, Paul Grootboom, Eliot Moleba and Refiloe Lepere
Over three Saturday sessions, participants will be guided through a series of workshops, conversations, and practical exercises that will better equip them to create theatrically rich, well crafted, and dynamic work. The master classes, facilitated by Paul Grootboom, Eliot Moleba and Greg Homann, will deal with a broad range of concepts and ideas that will challenge participants to carefully consider how they approach making compelling new work within a South African context, how they work with actors, how they use space and theatrical conventions, and how they shape their work.





TSHWANE YOUTH ARTS FESTIVAL 2015


DATE: 3 AUG – 5 SEPT 2015
VENUE: VARIOUS


Tshwane Youth Arts Festival is an annual celebration of the arts. This prestigious event takes place every August/September on the sought after Opera Theatre of The State Theatre, Pretoria. For many primary, high, dance and art schools, this event is a permanent entry on their calendars.

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PETER MABULA LIVE CD & DVD RECORDING


DATE: 1 AUGUST 2015
VENUE: OPERA THEATRE
PRESENTED BY: TSHEPO PRODUCTIONS & MAKWA-A-BULA
TICKETS: R150, VIP TICKET: R250


This live CD and DVD Recording project aimed at specifically to give audience something new, creative, aspire to and to simply admire. Peter Mabula’s art is his music, is his most valuable asset and must put his genius on display for an international audience. The primarily focus of this initiative is to record both live CD and DVD – (Peter Mabula Live at The South African State Theatre) in a high profile set-up- this will be in a form of energetic performance and multi-cam recording. We will use a very hip and appealing camera style steady-cam with jim-jip and gradually cut to the audience on the show. This is the design that has never been highlighted before; we will be showing Peter Mabula’s profile; where he comes from, his recording process, interviews with stakeholders, the team, the band and the story about his musical career.
Now that Peter Mabula has recorded three albums, it is time to go live and include few new songs as he conspicuously feature friends on the show.

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Tshwane Comedy Nights #TCN



VENUE: RENDEZVOUS THEATRE
DATE: 25 JULY 2015


Chilli Comedy in Cold Winter with:


Pravesh Mungaldave 
Farhan Esat
Suhayl Essa
Introducing Isuru

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JAZZ AND AFRICAN MUSIC NIGHTS


VENUE: RENDEZVOUS THEATRE 
DATE: 10, 17 & 31 JULY 2015 

10 July
Afrika Mkhize
Women in Music
17 July
Sifiso Khanyile
Sonnyboy
31 July 
Abigail Kubeka
Viwe Jazz Ensemble


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BLACK BIRD


DATE: 2 – 26 SEPTEMBER 2015
VENUE: MOMENTUM THEATRE

PRESENTED BY: THE SOUTH AFRICAN STATE THEATRE IN ASSOCIATION WITH ROBYN McHARRY
DIRECTED BY: VANESSA COOKE AND ROBYN RAINSFORD McHARRY
STARRING: LIONEL NEWTON
SET & LIGHTING DESIGN: WILHELM DISBERGEN


Blackbird is a one-act, ninety-minute play written in 2005 by Scottish playwright David Harrower. It is the winner of the 2006 Critics’ Awards for Theatre in Scotland for Best New Play, and the 2007 Laurence Olivier Award, for Best New Play. 
This new version/staging will star Lionel Newton.
The play depicts a young woman meeting a middle-aged man fifteen years after having a sexual relationship, when she was twelve.
At his workplace, 55-year-old Ray (Lionel Newton) is shocked to be visited by a young woman, 27-year-old Una. Fifteen years earlier, when Una was only twelve, the two had a sexual affair, for which Ray was arrested and imprisoned. He has managed to establish a reasonably successful new life under another name, but Una recognized him in a photograph and tracked him down.



SHWELE BAWO


DATE: 5 - 29 AUGUST 2015
VENUE: MOMENTUM THEATRE


PRESENTED BY: The South African State Theatre IN ASSOCIATION WITH THE TSHABI PRODUCTIONS 
WRITTEN BY: MOTSHABI TYELELE                                                                                       
DIRECTED BY: LYNNE MAREE                                                                                             
STARRING: MOTSHABI TYELELE


Shwele Bawo looks at the juxtaposition of old traditions fighting for survival against modern ways in South Africa and the effect this has on society. 
Through the story of the protagonist, Dikeledi Nkabinde, told retrospectively from Dikeledi’s place of imprisonment, many themes create multiple layers for thought: identity crises among men and women, the disintegration of family structures, women and child abuse, relationships, incest, the power of the media and the inequalities in our justice system, all come under the spotlight. 
The play reveals how these issues, ignored for far too long, have created a social time bomb of secrets and lies that threaten to destroy our society. 

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Stars of the Bolshoi Ballet


VENUE: DRAMA THEATRE, STATE THEATRE
DATES: 3 OCT @ 15:00 & 19:30, 4 OCT @ 15:00 


Concert in memory of the great Russian ballerina, Natalia Bessmertnova with Stars of the Bolshoi Ballet and Stars of the Ballet Moscow. Scenes and extracts from Spartacus, Don Quixote, Sleeping Beauty, Raymonda and Nutcracker.

Natalia Bessmertnova, Ballerina of Innate Lyricism
A slight, pale dancer with large eyes, Ms. Bessmertnova was known for an innate lyricism that gave her dancing a mysterious, almost unearthly beauty. These qualities made her especially notable in the title role of “Giselle.”

In the course of her stage career lasting 35 years, Natalia Bessmertnova gave over three thousand stage performances, and won critical acclaim for her great sense of style and authority. In 1970 she was awarded Anna Pavlova Prize in Paris. She was designated Peoples Actress of the USSR (1976), and also received numerous decorations and awards from the Soviet State including State Prize of the USSR (1977), and Lenin Prize (1986).

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The Nutcracker


YDCT Performs Nutcracker at State Theatre Drama in November

 

Youth Dance Company of Tshwane brings back this wonderful classic to Pretoria audiences, The Nutcracker at The South African State Theatre, Drama from the 5 -8th November.  

YDCT artistic and management team, Sue Kirkland (director) and Tanja Graafland and Christopher Montague (assistant directors) choreographed this spectacular production for the company in 2009.  This production has been a huge success both in 2009 and 2012.  In keeping with the Christmas theme and the 18th century style this will be the event of the year and will bring the Christmas spirit to everyone’s hearts.

Nigel Hannah, South Africa’s well known character artist will grace the audiences once again as the well-loved Dr Drosselmeyer. Maria Lorca Montoya and Rosa Jiminez have also come on board to choreograph and perform the Spanish divert in Act 2.  It promises to be a sparkling event.

YDCT will be hosting once again a firm favourite amongst the young members of the audience, The Sugar Plum Fairy Party.  During the interval, cupcakes, sweeties and delights are served.  Of course the older members of the audience can join in too.  Children are encouraged to dress up in their finest attire, fairies, princes, soldiers, rats, Nutcrackers anything that takes your fancy, and you might just win a prize!!!!

We hope that you will come and join us during the fun-filled exciting season and that you will leave with the feeling of festive cheer and goodwill in your hearts as our young dancers entertain you in the world of dance.

 

5th Nov @ 19h30:    R100

6th Nov @ 17h00 – R125

7th Nov @ 11h00 - (Sugar Plum Fairy Party) – R175

7th Nov @ 15h00 – R150

8th Nov @ 15h00 – R150

 

For Block Bookings please contact Wendy Seymour            

082 7837 378   wendy@anderley.co.za

All other bookings @ Computicket - click here to book

 


A VOICE I CANNOT SILENCE

A VOICE I CANNOT SILENCE

DATE: 30 Sep – 24 Oct @ 8pm

Daily, except Sundays and Mondays

VENUE: Momentum Theatre               

A play based on the life and work of Alan Paton by Greg Homann and Ralph Lawson 

A VOICE I CANNOT SILENCE is a moving and empathetic personal examination of life as portrayed through Alan Paton's own words, stories, poems, and autobiographies. The play highlights the invaluable contribution made by the author of CRY, THE BELOVED COUNTRY who was, in the words of Douglas Livingstone, a "lighthouse in the South African twilight” during the dark decades leading up to the country's constitutional democracy. Paton's internationally recognised gifts of lyric verse, evocative prose, and vibrant story telling are combined to create a richly dramatic portrait.

The play focuses on the various watersheds in the author's life – his years as Principal of Diepkloof Reformatory, the “toughest black borstal in the southern hemisphere”, where he introduced daring reforms that brought him into conflict with Dr Verwoerd; his position as President of the Liberal Party that led to harassment and a ten year period during which his passport was taken away by the Apartheid Government; his indomitable belief in and daunting struggle for human rights; and the complexities of his personal relationships.

These weighty topics are explored through Paton's interaction with Anne Hopkins who he employed in 1968 as a secretary shortly after the death of his wife, Dorrie. While trying to come to terms with his loss, the memories of his wife and their love for each other are set in contrast to his difficult days at the reformatory some twenty years earlier where he vividly remembers a curious young man called Sponono. This private story plays out against the tumultuous politics of the day as Paton, one of the country’s cultural and political icons, tries to hold together the Liberal Party and himself.

The play - sometimes satirical, often wryly amusing, redolent with Paton's profound love of nature and the devout Anglicanism that sustained him - reveals a complex man who was haunted by the injustices of South African society and whose entire existence and work was dedicated to equality, alleviation of human suffering, and to what he called "the grand theories of freedom and responsibility".

Running time: 90 minutes. No interval. Age Restriction: PG 13 

CREDITS

Directed by Greg Homann, Set Design by Nadya Cohen, Lighting Design by  Michael Broderick, Soundscape by Evan, Roberts, Photography by Anthony Stonier, Alan Paton by Ralph Lawson, Anne Hopkins by Clare Mortimer, Sponono by Menzi Mkhwane, Company Manager by Murray Angus-Leppan, Management by Sue Clarence 

With thanks to The Alan Paton Wills Trust, The Alan Paton Centre & Struggle Archives, and Anne Paton.

SCHOOL MATINEE PERFORMANCES

Wed 30 Sep, Thu 01 Oct, Fri 09 Oct, Fri 16 Oct & Fri 23 Oct at 10h00


SCHOOL BLOCK BOOKINGS 
(Venue seats 120)
Tickets R50 per learner.  Accompanying educators free of charge (1 per 30 learners).
Contact: lindelwa@statetheatre.co.za; Tel 012 392 4275; 072 269 9037

            


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