Tuesday 25 August 2020

Panel: Connecting Africa - Platforms on the continent and beyond

Gregory Maqoma

South Africa

Gregory Vuyani Maqoma became interested in dance in the late 1980s as a means to escape the political tensions growing in his place of birth, South Africa - Soweto. He started his formal dance training in 1990 at Moving Into Dance wherein 2002 he became the Associate Artistic Director. Maqoma has established himself as an internationally renowned dancer, choreographer, teacher and director. He founded Vuyani Dance Theatre (VDT) in 1999 when he was undertaking a scholarship at the Performing Arts Research and Training School (PARTS) in Belgium under the direction of Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker.

Maqoma is respected for his collaborations with artists of his generation like Akram Khan, Vincent Mantsoe, Faustin Linyekula, Shanell Winlock, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Nhlanhla Mahlangu and Theatre Director’s /James Ngcobo and Kwame Kwei-Armah.

In 2019 Maqoma Collaborated with Idris Elba and Kwame Kwei-Armah in the production “Tree” produced by Manchester International Festival and the Young Vic. In 2020 Maqoma

was honoured by the International Theatre Institute in partnership with UNESCO to be the author of the prestigious International Dance Day Message. Maqoma is currently writing his memoire based on his 30 year history of performance to over 100 cities in the world.

Wednesday 26 August 2020

Panel: Creative Disruption & Disobedience on the African Continent

Ismail Mahomed

South Africa

Ismail Mahomed is the Director of the Centre for Creative Arts at the University of Kwazulu-Natal. He was formerly the CEO of the Market Theatre Foundation and the Artistic Director of the National Arts Festival. He has more than 35 years experience working in the South African creative and cultural sectors; and is a holder of several awards for his contribution to the arts. He serves on the boards of several arts organisations.

Thursday 27 August 2020

Panel: Disruption & Disobedience in International Touring-Getting your work out there

Monique Martin

United States of America

As a propagator of art, culture and ideas, Monique Martin brings her passion and experience in
community building through the arts to elevate and instigate.
As an independent curator, producer and marketing consultant, Ms. Martin has partnered with
and produced for Joe’s Pub, Disney Theatricals, Apollo Theater, New Victory Theater,
Southbank Centre/UK, Hip Hop Theater Festival, Harlem Stage, NJPAC, Queens Theater in the
Park, HBO and numerous Broadway and Off -Broadway productions. Monique has served on
national and international advisory committees, boards and panels, including Association of
Performing Arts Presenters (APAP), International Society for the Performing Arts (ISPA), Ford
Foundation, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, Performing Arts Exchange (PAE), Department of
Cultural Affairs (DCA), FC Harlem Lions and Women of Color in the Arts.
Ms. Martin brought her vision and expertise to City Parks Foundation (CPF) from 2007-2017 as
Programming Director for SummerStage where she presented relevant, fresh and thoughtful
programming to New York City communities annually in Central Park and 50+ parks city wide,
presenting over 1,200 multi-genre programs reaching audiences 600,000+. Ms. Martin expanded
the programming by including contemporary circus, presenting local, national and international
artists.

Friday 28 August 2020

Panel: Disruption & Disobedience in Theater for Young Audiences (TYA)

Yvette Hardie

South Africa

is a theatre director, producer, educator and advocate. She is the national director of ASSITEJ SA and serves as President of ASSITEJ (2011-2020), which networks across 100 countries. She was responsible for hosting the 19th ASSITEJ World Congress & Performing Arts Festival, Cradle of Creativity for the first time in Africa, in 2017. She produced the award-winning Colonnades Theatre Lab production, Truth in Translation, which toured widely for several years.  She was awarded the Mickey Miner Award for Lifetime Achievement from IPAY (International Performing Arts for Youth) for her contribution to theatre for young audiences locally and globally.

Saturday 29 August 2020

Panel: Disruption & Disobedience- Post-Genre

Karima Kadaoui

Morocco

I am the Co-Founder and currently the Executive President of Tamkeen Community Foundation for Human Development, a social innovation platform based in Tangier in Morocco.

As a Tamkeen Community Facilitator and practice-based researcher for over 10 years, I have the privilege to witness how the trust in human potential and unconditional love create the conditions for societal metamorphosis.

My Tamkeen Process started in 2007 as a cocreated process of understanding, questioning the questions and language about human and societal development and the subsequent contemporary practices and paradigms of change. It entailed bringing together my personal growth process, my 25 years of working experience in the private sector as a big-five management consultant, in the public sector as the advisor to the Minister of Employment, Vocational Training and Housing in the Moroccan Government as well as in various defining experiences in the social sector. The most defining experience of all; being the mother of two daughters.

Tamkeen, with its partners, engaged in a phenomenological and lived experience process of inquiry, co-reflection and cocreation embedded in a deeply human relationship that led to a different understanding and practice of societal transformation. The Tamkeen Approach is the facilitation of self-facilitated human potential based systemic metamorphic transformations. The Tamkeen Process grew from local to systemic, from neighbourhoods to the education system and culture ecosystems diffusing into society as a whole. Always preserving its ontological and epistemological essence.

Khoekhoegowab: Vrystaati di Dī//khasib !Gâi!gâisens ge #an!gâs tsī !gôasiba Khoe-San Khoena ra mâ. Nē khoen ge //în aboxan !na /gaisa #goms tsī !hû//arede! kho/gara hâ,nâu khoen !hūb din /khas khami.

Afrikaans: Die Vrystaat Kunstefees erken en respekteer die Khoe-San van die Vrystaat en die diep geestelike verhoudings wat hulle met hul voorouers, hierdie land en sy mense het.

 

English: The Vrystaat Arts Festival acknowledges and respects the Khoe-San of the Free State and the deep spiritual attachment to their ancestors and relationships they have to this country and its people.

Sesotho: Mokete wa tsa Bonono Freistata o ananela le ho hlompha morabe wa Khoe-San wa Freistata, le kamano e tebileng ya semoya eo ba nang le yona le badimo ba bona hammoho le dikamano tseo ba nang le tsona le naha ena le baahi ba yona.