UJ Arts and Culture Leads with their Art – and all that Jazz

UJ Arts & Culture, a division of the University of Johannesburg’s Faculty of Art Design and Architecture (FADA) produces and presents world-class student and professional arts programmes aligned to the UJ vision of an international university of choice, anchored in Africa, dynamically shaping the future.

In line with this vision, the 2017 annual programme gears itself towards stimulation and engagement; located solidly within the South African and Pan-African arts philosophy and methodology of focus in the creation of dialogue, discourse and a demonstration of a way forward. UJ Arts & Culture embarks on a brand new chapter in 2017, with an urban music offering that keeps our vision of shaping African futures within the arts alive. This platform comprises of five concerts intended to generate and develop audience access to some of Johannesburg’s leading composers and musicians in jazz, afro-punk and experimental music. The first half of the year sees this jazz offering taking shape in the Arts Centre Main Theatre, located at the Kingsway campus, with performances by The Wretched, Ippyfuze and the Amandla Freedom Ensemble.

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Tumi Mogorosi and Gabi Motuba | Photo credit | Muntu Vilakazi

Inspired by the revolutionary writing of Frantz Fanon in his seminal text The Wretched of the Earth, The Wretched is a space that experiments with notions of intertextuality. Performed by jazz musicians Tumi Mogorosi, Andrei Van Wyk (Healer Oran) and Gabisile Motuba, this sonic interpretation of the Fanonian text forms the basis of the ensemble’s philosophy, a multiplicity of sounds – cohesive and distorting. The idea of the trio is to sonically carry this discourse into the performative space. Standard Bank Young Artist for Jazz (2016), Siya Makuzeni, performs with her band Ippyfuze in May. Audiences can also look forward to a symphony orchestra performance by UJ Arts & Culture’s residents, The Johannesburg Youth Orchestra Company (JYOC) as well as the Resonance String Quartet, important anchor points in UJ’s already-established classical music programme.

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Photo credit | Ignatius Mokone

Since taking over the reins from Ashraf Johaardien (now the Executive Producer of the National Arts Festival) in an acting capacity, Grace Meadows has further developed partnerships with local, provincial and national arts organisations, pushing the boundaries and scope of UJ Arts & Culture’s annual offering. This year sees UJ partner with Jo’burg locals such as POPArt and Goliath & Goliath to present Out The Box stand-up comedy, featuring various highly talented local acts. Think Theatre and The Playhouse Company from KwaZulu-Natal will present their exciting productions of Othello and Hamlet.

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Ippyfuze logo

In response to last year’s unavoidable programme changes and cancellations brought on by unrest in the higher education sector, UJ Arts & Culture is newly committed to its role in audience development and engagement. ‘We’re presenting a programme that reclaims the future, despite the difficult headspace South Africans may find themselves in. It’s in these trying times that artists inspire agency, change and hope for a better tomorrow,’ explains Meadows. Renewed efforts focused on producing theatre for young audiences through collaborating with the South African chapter of ASSITEJ – the international association of theatre for children and young people underpins this strategy of audience development and engagement. Greatly subsidised ticket prices and a new online platform streamlines bookings and communications for ease of access to UJ Arts and Culture’s venues and arts offerings.

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Tumi Mogorosi and Gabi Motuba | Photo credit | Reatile Moalusi
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Ippyfuze Cover

Bookings for all events, unless otherwise stated, are through Computicket. For further information or to be part of the UJ Arts & Culture mailing list, please contact Precious Maputle on 011 559 3058 or email her on preciousm@uj.ac.za.

Note: Parking for all UJ Arts & Culture events is now in the Kingsway parking lot. Patrons are required to have their tickets printed prior to arrival for presentation to security at the entrances.


 

DATE AND EVENT LISTINGS FOR

APRIL TO SEPTEMBER 2017

1. Music | Classical


Wozani

Symphony Concert by Johannesburg Youth Orchestra

Arts Centre Theatre, Kingsway Campus

19 March :: 14h30


The Wits Trio

Arts Centre Theatre, Kingsway Campus

03 April :: 17h30


Resonance String Quartet

Arts Centre Theatre, Kingsway Campus

08 May :: 17h30

2. Music | Jazz


The Wretched

with Tumi Mogorosi and Gabi Motuba

Con Cowan Theatre, Bunting Road Campus

25 April :: 19h30


Siya Makuzeni’s Ippyfuze

Arts Centre Theatre, Kingsway Campus

04 May :: 19h30


Mandla Mlangeni’s Amandla Freedom Ensemble

Arts Centre Theatre, Kingsway Campus

01 June :: 19h30

3. Music | Choral


Varsity Sing

26 April on Kyknet (DStv 146)


Yale Glee Club and UJ Choir

St John’s College

26 May :: 19h00

4. Comedy


UJ Arts & Culture, Goliath & Goliath, POPArt and The Box present

Out The Box

Con Cowan Theatre, Bunting Road Campus

15 March, 05 April and 10 May :: 19h30

5. Theatre | Young Audiences


UJ Arts & Culture supported by Hillbrow Theatre Project and ASSITEJ SA present

Dear Mr Government, Please May I have a Meeting with You Even Though Im Six Years Old?

Con Cowan Theatre, Bunting Road Campus

03-06 May :: 19:30, matinees included on 05–06 May :: 14h00

6. Theatre


Think Theatre in association with The Playhouse Company present

Hamlet/Othello

Arts Centre Theatre, Kingsway Campus

08–19 May

7. Visual Art


Booknessess

Curated by David Paton (FADA) and Ross Cleaver (FADA)

UJ Art Gallery, Kingsway Campus

25 March–05 April :: Gallery Hours

FADA Gallery, Bunting Road Campus

25 March–05 April :: Gallery Hours


PPC Imaginarium Awards

Curated by Stephan Hobbs and Trinity Session

Arts Centre Theatre, Kingsway Campus

18 May :: 18h30 for 19h00


PPC Imaginarium Exhibition

Curated by Stephan Hobbs and Trinity Session

UJ Art Gallery, Kingsway Campus

18 May–18 June :: Gallery Hours

8. Public Lectures, Masterclasses and Conferences


Ginsberg/Kentridge Conversation

Moderated by Prof. Jane Taylor

UJ Arts Centre Theatre, Kingsway Campus

26 March :: 19h00


DWR Distribution presents

The Patrick Woodroffe and Roland Greil Lighting Workshop

Arts Centre Theatre, Kingsway Campus

21 April :: 09h00–17h00


Pan-African Thought and Conversation Conference

Arts Centre Theatre, Kingsway Campus

16–18 June :: 09h00-17h00


ACT | UJ Creative Conference #CreativeUprising

Unlearning for Change

Arts Centre Theatre, Kingsway Campus 27–29 July

9. Student Engagements coming up in September


UJ Can You Sing?

Arts Centre Theatre, Kingsway Campus

06 September :: 19h00


UJ Can You Slam?

Arts Centre Theatre, Kingsway Campus

07 September :: 19h00


UJ Can You Dance?

Arts Centre Theatre, Kingsway Campus

08 September :: 19h00

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