Celebrating Africanness through the arts

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TO CA Mamela FNB Dance Umbrella 2008 Prog 5 - New Moves 1. 'Hatch' choreographed and performed by Mamela Nyamza. Photograph : John Hogg.

UCT’s Gordon Institute for Performing and Creative Arts, also known as Gipca, will use drama, dance and disciplines that include art to celebrate being African from Friday to Sunday.

Taking place at the Hiddingh Campus as well as in and around the Cape Town CBD, this celebration goes by the name of The Exuberance Project.

Including an art exhibition at the Mandela Rhodes building in town, The Exuberance Project looks at new views and unchartered understandings of what creativity is in contemporary Africa and considers and celebrates what is “extremely good, effusive and uninhibitedly enthusiastic”.

You can expect to see the work of Mamela Nyamza (pictured), who directs, choreographs and performs Isingqala. This was a part of the well-known dance practitioner’s presentation celebrating her Standard Bank Young Artist Award for Dance.

Afrocartography: Traces of Places and All Things In Between is a playreading performance work written and directed by Mwenya Kabwe. It features Lesoko Seabe, Lauren Steyn, Themba Stewart and Kabwe.

David Kramer and Taliep Petersen’s musical, Kat and The Kings, is part of The Exuberance Project and will be staged at the Fugard Theatre.

There will also be symposiums, panel discussions, film screenings, a party and performances. See the schedule at www.gipca.uct.ac.za

• Gipca’s The Exuberance Project takes place on the UCT Hiddingh Campus from Friday to Sunday. Tickets, which include screenings, sessions and walkabouts, are priced from R50 through Computicket.

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