Fri Feb 19, 18:30 - Thu Feb 25, 00:00
Event is online
Based on the model of literary festivals, a weekend-long series of panel discussions featuring a diversity of voices from the dance and theatre sector on theatre, dance and contemporary social issues.
Panels run for 60 minutes and include up to four panellists representing a diversity of experiences and backgrounds.
The programme will take place at 44 Ryneveld, a newly renovated venue in Stellenbosch, with attendance by up to 50 people per session, observing COVID-19 protocols. All sessions will be livestreamed and recorded for later broadcast.
Tickets will cost R60 per session, R150 for a whole day and R250 for the whole weekend.
Livestream sessions will cost R20 per session or R150 for the whole weekend.
Take-a-STAND is presented by the Stellenbosch University Woordfees and the STAND Foundation and made possible by the generous support of the Embassy of the Netherlands and NATi.
FRIDAY 19 FEBRUARY
Keynote: Theatre for whom? Dance for what? Towards a rationale for theatre and dance in our contemporary world
Panellists: Gregory Maqoma, Saartjie Botha, Mxolisi Masilela, Cornelia Faasen, Malika Ndlovu and Daphne Kuhn
SATURDAY 20 FEBRUARY
Why we (still) make theatre: Producers/writers/directors speak
Panellists: Nwabisa Plaatjie, Jefferson Tshabalala, Sbonakaliso Ndaba and Wessel Pretorius
What about us? The hopes and dreams of industry ‘elders’.
Panellists: Jaqueline Singer, Mannie Manim, Michelle Maxwell and Terry Fortune
Decolonising theatre and dance. Does this even mean anything?
Panellists: Musa Hlatshwayo, Mike van Graan, Samuel Ravengai, Mmatusimang Motsisi and Siseko H. Kumalo
What do audiences want? And should we give it to them?
Panellists: Lesego van Niekerk, Alan Committie, Hugo Theart and Debbie Turner
What teaching drama has taught us: Drama teachers share their insights
Panellists: Yvette Hardie, Brent Palmer, Antoinette Dowds, JJ van Niekerk and Robyn van de Rheede
Don’t put your daughters or sons on the stage: Are we producing too many dancers and theatremakers for the South African market?
Panellists: Ashraf Johaardien, Alfred Hinkel, Tiisetso Mashifane wa Noni and Amelda Brand
Book Launch: Decolonisation as Democratisation, edited by Siseko H. Kumalo
Panellists: Zulaikha Patel, Louise du Toit, Fatmakhanu Pirbhai-Illich, Fran Martin and Siseko H. Khumalo
Showcase of participants in STAND Foundation's Women Stand-Up Comics project
With: Gadija Peck, Jana Botha, Nolwazi Nkwandla, Robyn Dunlop and Sophie Joans
SUNDAY 21 FEBRUARY
Our vision and hopes for the future: Young theatremakers speak
Panellists: Candice Bernstein, Veronique Jephtas, Alberto Smit and Nancy Sekhokoane
Should theatre and dance be funded by the state given the other challenges in our society?
Panellists: Malika Ndlovu, Mark Heywood and Gregory Maqoma
What makes a dance or theatre aesthetic ‘African’? And, does it matter?
Panellists: Ricardo Peach, Mdu Kweyama, Wolf Britz, Musa Hlatshwayo and Mamela Nyamza
Comedy, satire or drama? Necessary escapism or cop-out?
Panellists: Kabous Meiring, Rob van Vuuren, Lesego van Niekerk and Lee-Ann van Rooi
Why we support and engage with South African arts: The views of International Agencies
Panellists: Ismail Mahomed, Daniel Smit, Selen Daver and Hedda Krausz Sjögren