Here’s the Programme!
Infecting the City is thrilled to announce that 2019 Standard Bank Young Artist for Dance, Kitty Phetla’s collaboration with composer and pianist Nduduzo Makhatini, Going Back to the Truth of Space, will be headlining the ITC Opening Programme on Monday 18 November from 5.30pm, repeated Tuesday 19 November 2019.
The work, which will be performed in the Whale Well at the South African Museum of Natural History, was premiered to critical acclaim at the National Arts Festival in Makhanda in July.
It reflects on African modes of performance and ritual, embracing the realm of the ancestors as an evolving space. Communicating in moments of improvisation, the performers transcend the ideas of home as geographic space and connect with ancestors using dance and music as a portal to the divine.
ITC 2019 launched its 2019 programme at an event for media, members of the University of Cape Town community, and festival artists at the Castle of Good Hope on Friday.
Featuring an impressive list of local and international artists bringing a diverse array of work to a wide range of public spaces of Cape Town, the festival will take place from Monday 18 to Sunday 24 November.
ITC 2019 consists of 6 different programmes which the public can explore over 7 days . These include 3-day time and 3 evening programmes. All programmes follow clearly demarcated routes through the city and audiences are led from one production to another. There is one self-guided programme of art installations and tours in public spaces where audiences can move on their own exploring the various works.
Also on the opening programme is Swiss-Italian live artist, Teresa Vittucci. The performance titled All Eyes On, Vittucci explores the borders of those publicly private or privately public spaces we call “home” and “internet” by bringing them both into a third space, theatre. As a performer on stage, camgirl online and host in both spaces, her audience becomes a witness to the fragile moment in which Teresa encounters strangers online. This production stretches questions of power, subjectification and desire whilst in constant negotiation with a changing set of variables in a chatroom. This performance carries a strict age restriction of 18. Recently recognised for her work as an outstanding performer by the city of Zurich, Vittucci’s festival participation is made possible by Pro Helvetia.
French vertical dance company, Retouramont, returns to ITC with a new work, Diagonale Ascendante, which will challenge gravity by being performed on the side of a building on Long Street and make heads turn, quite literally. In his artistic research, company founder and choreographer Fabrice Guillot’s works with architects, sculptors and circus artists to bring his works to fruition. Retouramont’s festival participation is made possible by the French Institute of South Africa.
The programme also includes new works by dance companies Indoni Dance Academy, who have just returned from a tour in Shanghai, choreographed by Sbonakalisa Ndaba, and Jazzart Dance Theatre, choreographed by Ananda Fuchs . Durban-based Siwela Sonke, presents a work that was commissioned by Dance Africa! at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) in New York, choreographed by Neliswe Rushualang.
Internationally acclaimed choreographer, dancer and artistic director of Sibonelo Dance Project, Mzokuthula Gasa, brings Amaqhawe (Heroes) to the programme co-curated by Elvis Sibeko at the Castle of Good Hope. A dance work that is evocative, athletic and physically challenging, about resilience, persistence and speaking up, Amaqhawe raises the question: how far are we willing to fight for what we stand for?
The full Infecting the City programme is now available for download at www.infectingthecity.com and will also be shared on Infecting the City Facebook and Twitter profiles.
Infecting the City is presented and produced by the Institute for Creative Arts (ICA) an Institute of the University of Cape Town with funding from the Mellon Foundation. The Festival is also supported by Africa Centre, Institut Francais Afrique du Sud, Pro Helvetia , the City of Cape Town, Company’s Garden, Iziko Museums, Castle of Good Hope, District Six Museum, PRASA, Metrorail and others.