Artscape Theatre Centre’s 2017 Heritage Festival is set to take you through a memorable journey of indigenous, contemporary and international artistic works in dance, music and jazz in celebration of our diverse cultures and identities.
The celebration will kick-start with the Artscape Indigenous Ensemble along with the invited guests from Afrovibes in the Netherlands, showcasing the cross-cultural dance genres at Guga S’thebe New Theatre in Langa on September 10 at 2pm and it continues at Zolani Centre Theatre in Nyanga on September 17 at 2pm with the final destination culminating in a big-bang indigenous concert, ‘Road Trip with Dizu Plaatjies’, on September 24 at 3pm at Artscape Theatre Centre.
Plaatjies will be taking the audience on a musical journey featuring the legendaries Pops Mohamed and Dave Reynolds; choreographed by Elvis Sibeko and joined by the award-winning poet Siphokazi Jonas, dancers Thabisa Dinga and Thembekile Komani; with Manyano Mzi on drums, Peter Ndlala on Bass guitar, and featuring the Artscape Indigenous Ensemble, Ibuyambo Musical Group and Sikwantu Cultural Group (Oomama bomngqungqo wakwaXhosa).
Thursday, September 21, will see the celebration of local heritage when the Cape Cultural Collective celebrates its 10th anniversary showcasing “Big Bash”, a kaleidoscope of the Mother City’s cultural collective. The line-up includes top comedian Riaad Moosa, the magical Rosa Choir and the Cape Flats Tenors among others.
On September 22 and 23 South African and Dutch dancers will share the stage in the international collaboration “JONGA” and the new work ‘In your Hands’ by artist-in-residence Kirvan Fortuin. This encounter, made possible by Artscape Theatre Centre in collaboration with Afrovibes Incubator Programme, Jazzart and DOX (Dutch multidisciplinary theatre production company), is a mixture of African, contemporary and urban dance forms creating a connection between dance and video. JONGA is created by South African dancer and choreographer Elvis Sibeko together with the Dutch brothers Thomas and Erik Bos from Urban Collective 155. South African born choreographer Kirvan Fortuin will celebrate coloured identity and the lives lost during gang related violence, hate crimes and human trafficking.
The Heritage Festival will wrap-up with a grand finale production, ‘Jazz Masters Tribute’, by well-known professional jazz musicians who will be sharing the stage from September 28 to 30. The likes of Nomfundo Xaluva, Zoe Modiga, Monique Hellenberg, Buddy Wells, Alvin Dyers, Hilton Schilder and Sylvia Mdunyelwa will be paying tribute to jazz legends such as Errol Dyers and the Schilder family, Miriam Makeba and many more.
* Tickets for all productions (ranging from R100 – 150) are available via Computicket; or Artscape-Dial-a-Seat on 021 421 7695.