The Centre for Theatre, Dance and Performance Studies presents Dance, (e)merge, Theatre - the 10th Anniversary of CONFLUENCES
The Centre for Theatre, Dance and Performance Studies presents Dance, (e)merge, Theatre – the 10th Anniversary of CONFLUENCES

From 29 to 31 August 2019 Dr Gerard Samuel is convening the 10th Confluence by UCT School of Dance (formerly ballet), now merged with the new Centre for Theatre, Dance and Performance Studies (CTDPS).

Dr Gerard Samuel is a Senior Lecturer and Head of Section: Dance Centre for Theatre, Dance and Performance Studies University of Cape Town Convenor of Postgraduate studies in Dance.

Six venues at Hiddingh Campus

For this Confluence six venues have been allocated at The Hiddingh Campus in Orange Street, for lectures and practical demonstrations and performances. These upgraded venues are The Hiddingh Hall, Arena Theatre, Old Workshop, The Play Room, Commerce Lecture Theatre and The Little Theatre.

As can be expected at such a confluence where emphasis is placed on scholarly papers and practical dance performances, leading theorists, authors in Dance & Theatre from Nigeria, Zimbabwe, India, Uganda, UK, Netherlands, USA and Denmark are attending. As are leading South Africans in the dance field.

Keynote speakers, stage performances

The keynote speakers are Associate Professor Rolando Vasquez (University of Utrecht) – he leads the charge in his re-examination of de-colonial ways of thinking. Professor Nadine George Graves (Ohio State University) probes issues of interdisciplinaries. Other topics navigate ecologies and dance pedagogies.

Theorizing dance is an intellectual pursuit. But as dance is a practical discipline, stage performances including And then….by Jacki Job, contemporary Butoh artist; Before Naming by Kristina Johnstone and Thalia Laric; Honour(s) Dance Intyatyambo Iyaphuma Engxondorheni by Tandile Mbatsha; Body Salad by Teneal Galant and Mahareng: The Passage of a Bird by Dr Sara Matchett. These performances take place in the evenings at The Little Theatre.

Among the international speakers are Associate Professor Karen Vedel (Copenhagen University), Dr Rosemary Candelario (Texas University) and Professor Ketu Katrak (California University, Irvine).

Others representing Cape Town and South Africa are  Magnet Theatre director Professor Mark Fleishman, Dr Gerard Samuel, Alfred Hinkel (Garage Theatre), Jackie Manyaapelo (former Jazzart director and independent dancer/choreographer), Neo Muyanga (musician), Carla Fortuin Belhar High School, Jill Pribyl (UCT), Prof Jay Pather (UCT), Saranya Devan (UCT), Lisa Wilson (UCT) and Associate Professor Juanita Finestone Praeg (Rhodes University).

However, while Arts integration, Dance Pedagogies and intellectualizing dance is this 10th Confluence’s thrust, the programme ensures sufficient free time for interaction between delegates during tea, coffee and lunch breaks.

Registration day on Wednesday 28 August from 4pm until 6pm is followed by a welcoming Cocktail Reception in the Hiddingh Hall at 6pm. A Farewell Party will be held on Saturday evening.

Entrance fees are R850 for the full three days, or R290 per day. Tickets include the various evening performances. All CTDPS students enter free of charge, though registration is essential. Special rates are available for overseas visitors. For enquiries, call 021 650 2399/98. The Little Theatre will be open daily for coffees/treats, providing a welcome space for networking.

What: The Centre for Theatre, Dance and Performance Studies presents Dance, (e)merge, Theatre the 10thAnniversary of CONFLUENCES
When: Thursday 29 August – Saturday 31 August 2019