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The Centre for the Less Good Idea Season 5

The Centre for the Less Good Idea announces a spectacular Season of work co-curated by Phala O. Phala and David April.

The Centre for the Less Good Idea is excited to announce a collection of outstanding collaborative and interdisciplinary works for Season 5 scheduled to take place between 24 and 28 April 2019.
     Season 5 is co-curated by Phala Ookeditse Phala and David Thatanelo April alongside founder William Kentridge and animateur Bronwyn Lace, and brings together a wide range of practitioners in the form of visual artists, videographers, musicians, choreographers, dancers, theatre practitioners, writers, composers, beatboxers, and digital practitioners.
     What does the shape of the epic look like when explored in the short form? How do we begin to run such great, far-reaching narratives and thematic queries through the constrictions of time and form? What happens to a work of art when it exists across the multiple realities of VR, and how can we effectively merge the endless reaches of the creative mind with the new horizons presented through technology?
     Season 5 of The Centre for the Less Good Idea sees traditional forms of art and performance being re-imagined through free-spirited, transdisciplinary collaboration and the alternative realities made possible by technology.
     Through a series of short-form 11-minute epics as well as 3-minute 360 VR films, Season 5 will attempt to make sense of embodied narratives and contemporary spiritualities. It will present performances that refuse to begin, and posit the outcomes of stories that have been lost to history. Internal monologues will be rendered tangible through virtual reality, and cityscapes will find grounding in an experimental opera. Above all else, vulnerability, imperfection, and a move towards the unknown will find resonance through a pursuit for the less good idea.
     Together with The Mixed Reality Workshop (TMRW), The Centre for the Less Good Idea is also thrilled to announce the second iteration of the Invisible Exhibition – a collection of visual artists working in the realms of Alternative Reality made possible by technology. The Invisible Exhibition will be running concurrently with Season 5’s 11-minute epic and 360 VR Film programme, before being moved to the TMRW Gallery.


Co-curated by Phala O. Phala and David Thatanelo April, Season 5 of The Centre for the Less Good Idea sees traditional forms of art and performance being re-imagined through free-spirited, transdisciplinary collaboration, and the resultant forms that emerge when the concept and structure of the epic is restricted and reworked through time and context.
     In addition to its collection of experimental 360 VR Films and the second iteration of the Invisible Exhibition, Season 5 will feature two programmes an evening, with each programme comprising five 11-minute epics performed back-to-back. These performances will take the structure of a theatrical epic, condensing their narrative to 11 minutes. Each programme will traverse the realms of humour, music, text-based works, physicality, and more.

Phala O. Phala, David Thatanelo April, Tony Miyambo, Siyabonga Mthembu, Jefferson Bobs Tshabalala, Julia Zenzie Burnham, Themba Mbuli, Shanell Winlock-Pailman, Omogolo Onkaetse, Sylvaine Strike, Phumlani Mndebele, Calvin Ratladi, Phillip Dikotla. Joe Young, Mdu Nhlapo, Lulu Mlangeni, Katleho Sekhosana, Faith Tshabalala, Khutjo Green, Sue Pam-Grant, Bongile Lecoge-Zulu, João Orecchia, Jonah Sack, Sonia Radebe, Themba Mkhoma, Simphiwe Bonongo, Janus Fouché, Nhlanhla Mahlangu, Dada Masilo, Ann Roberts, Brooklyn J. Pakathi, Ayanda Nhlangothi, Xolisile Bongwana, Zandile Hlatshwayo, Siphiwe Nkabinde, Sbusiso Shozi, Thulani Chauke, Chuma Sopotela, Netsayi Chigwendere, Ray Mupfumira, Collen Tom, Gregory Mabusela, Antony Coleman, Sboniso Mbhele, Mxolisi Madondo, Michael Manganye, Xolisile Bongwana, Isaac Mahlodi Rakotsoane, Mathews Rantsoma, Teresa Phuti Mojela and Ntsika Ngzanga

FOUNDER | William Kentridge

LIGHTING | Oliver Hauser
SOUND | SoulFire Studios 

CREATIVE TECHNOLOGISTS | New Reality, EDEN, AmbrosiaXR, Left Post Production
STAGE MANAGEMENT | Hayleigh Evans and PopArt Productions
WRITING | Dave Mann
PHOTOGRAPHERS | Zivanai Matangi and Stella Olivier

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