Hopes & Memories Project hosts Cultural Week and Seminar

Raphael Imbert ©MolinaVisuals III light

HOPES & MEMORIES – an intercultural project funded by the EU incorporating Catalina UnLtd from South Africa, Musique Interdite, Association Musique en Sorbonne & Euroculture en Pays Gentiane from France, mamapapa from the Czech Republic, Trakt from Slovakia and Zero Ballet from Hungary is hosting a cultural week from 3-8March,2014 which will include a seminar on intercultural performance at the Stable Theatre on the 7 March.

The Cultural Week include a series of workshops conducted by visiting artists in dance and music taking place in Kwa Mashu, Inanda and on the Berea, several book launches at Ikes Books on 6 March@6pm & at the Alliance Francaise@11am on 8 March and performances. The Seminar to which all stakeholders in SA are invited will take place at the newly re-furbished StableTheatre at 115 Johannes Nkosi St, Durban on Friday 7th March from 9am – 5pm. Entrance to the seminar is free of charge.

The Seminar, also supported by the Ethekwini Municipality, looks at the question of intercultural and interdisciplinary performance in 2014: Is its pursuit in the world of the Performing Arts still a worthwhile or duplicitous exercise? Can it contribute to the principle of “social cohesion”  and as a way to reinforce intercultural dialogue between people and countries/civilizations? Presentations and papers will be presented by Leslie Dikeni (Sociologist and Researcher with MISTRA), Lliane Loots (Senior Dance Lecturer at UKZN and Artistic Director of the Flatfoot Dance Company), Sazi Dlamini (Musicologist and Lecturer at UKZN), Prof Debbie Lütge (Head of Dept of Drama Studies DUT), Dr Pamela Tancsik (Theatre in Education Lecturer DUT) Tomáš Žižka (Artistic Director and Scenic Designer, mamapapa, Czech Republic) and Raphael Imbert (Jazz Saxophonist and theorist, France). At the end of the day there will be a panel discussion made up of panelists and stakeholders from the KZN region and members of the HOPES & MEMORIES project team.

The intercultural and interdisciplinary discourse contributes to the development of the performance project which is set to emerge in Sept/Oct of 2014 and which will tour to France, Slovakia,the Czech Republic, Hungary and South Africa. In South Africa it is set to perform in Johannesburg and Durban.

For more information or for detailed programmes please call Themi Venturas on 0825548334 or email t74@mweb.co.za

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