Arts on Main to host new Kentridge art incubator project

2017-02-23 16:30 - Unathi Nkanjeni
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Cape Town -  A new privately funded art incubator project launches with a season of outstanding collaborative work created by more than 60 Johannesburg-based multi-disciplinary practitioners.

Called The Centre for the Less Good Idea, the Johannesburg-based organization will facilitate a series of performance-based installations March 1-5 of this year

Founded by William Kentridge in November 2016 as an arts nonprofit dedicated to experimental projects. The artist say he want to start a small art centre, where people could do experimental art, productions, operas, things they wouldn’t get to do elsewhere.

Kentrige describes the Centre as a safe space for failure, for projects to be tried and discarded because they do not work and a space for short form work that does not have a natural home in a theatre or gallery, work which can show the jumping from context to context you do in your need to make sense of the world.

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The name of the project stems from a Twana proverb "If the good doctor can’t cure you, find the less good doctor" and the artist’s fascination with what he calls the "less good idea" by which he means the secondary idea.

“Often, you start with a good idea and it might seem crystal clear at first, but when you put it to work the cracks and fissures emerge in its surface, and they cannot be ignored. It is often the secondary ideas, those less good ideas found in trying to address the cracks in the first idea, that become the core of the work.

"The intention is to provide a forum for these less good ideas – arguing that in the act of playing with an idea, you can recognise those things that you didn’t know in advance, but knew were somewhere inside you," says Kentridge.

The program comprises of performances and films showcased in three different venues in the Arts on Main complex, as well as site-specific performances at the Kwa Mai Mai market and installations in the surrounding neighbourhood.

Here's what you need to know:

Event Info

4 SHORT PLAYS BY SAMUEL BECKETT

DATE: 1 and 2 March 2017

TIME: 7 – 8:30pm

VENUE: William Kentridge’s studio at Arts on Main

An evening of 4 short plays performed back to back: Not I, Rough for Theatre I, Play and Catastrophe. Directors include Khayelihle Dominique Gumede, William Kentridge, Khutjo Bakunzi-Green and Jemma Kahn. Actors include Patricia Boyer, Tony Miyambo, Jemma Kahn, Hamilton Dlamini, Vanessa Cooke and Dan Robbertse

IN THE RING

DATE: 3, 4 and 5 March 2017

TIME: 9:00 – 10:30pm on 3 and 4 March

6:30 – 8:00pm on 5 March

VENUE: William Kentridge’s studio at Arts on Main

An evening of collaborative performances from artists across the disciplines of theatre, visual art, poetry, music and dance. Choreographed by Gregory Maqoma, Nhlanhla Mahlangu and Sello Pesa. Composed by João Renato Orecchia Zúñiga. Curated by Lebogang Mashile, Khayelihle Dominique Gumede and William Kentridge. Performers include Lebogang Mashile, Hamilton Dlamini, Ann Masina, Thulani Chauke, Nhlanhla Mahlangu and Phuphuma Love Minus an Isicathamiya choir.

AT THE CENTRE

DATE: 3, 4 March 2017

TIME: 7 – 8:30pm

4:30 – 6:00pm on the 5 March

VENUE: The Centre for the Less Good Idea - Unit 11 at Arts on Main

An evening of collaborative performances from artists across the disciplines of theatre, visual art, poetry, music and dance. Choreographed by Gregory Maqoma and Nhlanhla Mahlangu. Composed by João Renato Orecchia Zúñiga. Curated by Lebogang Mashile. Performers include Thulani Chauke, Xolisile Bongwana, Nhlanhla Mahlangu and Phuphuma Love Minus an Isicathamiya choir, a 10 piece experimental orchestra conceptualised by João Renato Orecchia Zúñiga to primarily instruction scores and animated scores, musicians include Thandi Ntuli, Tlale Makhene, Waldo Alexander and Mpumelelo Mcata.

KAFKA’S APE and more

DATE: 4 March 2017

TIME: 2 – 3pm

VENUE: The Centre for the Less Good Idea - Unit 11 at Arts on Main

An afternoon featuring Kafka’s Ape performed by Tony Miyambo and improvisational vignettes directed by Khayelihle Dominique Gumede.

BLACKBOARD PROJECTIONS

DATE: 1, 2, 3, 4 March 2017

TIME: 5 – 7pm daily

10am – 4:30pm on Sunday 5 March

VENUE: Arts on Main

An installation experience of over 17 short format films. Artists and filmmakers include Naomi van Niekerk, Blessing Ngobeni, Angus Gibson, William Kentridge, John “Sparks Napoli” Makatise and Jemma Kahn.

AFRIKA

DATE: 5 March 2017

TIME: 2 – 3pm

VENUE:  Kwa Mai Mai Market, Corner Anderson and Berea Street

A site-specific performance at Mai Mai Market conceptualised by Ntsoana Contemporary Dance Theatre. Performers include Sello Pesa, Humphrey Malek and Brian Mtembu.

NOTE: Tickets starts from R 100 - R 150