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Connecting generations through jazz this Heritage month at UJ

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UJ Arts & Culture in partnership with The Wits School of Arts’ Cultural Policy and Management Department and The University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Centre for Creative Arts present a Spring Celebration Programme on 2 and 3 September 2022.

This intergenerational programme proudly features Abbey Cindi’s ‘United States of Africa’ on the evening of 3 September. A living legend, uBab’ uCindi is a founding member of the Malombo Jazz Makers and veteran cultural activist from Mamelodi. His set will include a musical dialogue with the award-winning a cappella ensemble No Limits. His performance is followed by Zoë Modiga, fresh from the North Sea Jazz Festival, which marks the end of the on-campus proceedings before audience members are invited to join the After Party set to take place at Chiesa in Melville.

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UJ Art Gallery presents a solo exhibition by Kagiso “Pat” Mautloa

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The UJ Art Gallery proudly presents Kagiso “Pat” Mautloa’s new solo exhibition, ‘Urban Soundscapes – Crafting Spaces of Belonging’, curated by UJ Art Gallery curator Thabo Seshoka. Set to open on 6 August and run till 30 September, ‘Urban Soundscapes’ is inspired by ordinary life in urban spaces explored through the lens of the socio-political.

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New territory for Romeo and Juliet

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UJ Arts & Culture, a division of the Faculty of Art, Design & Architecture (FADA) at the University of Johannesburg (UJ) released its educational podcast drama series featuring ‘R&J Unplugged’, Robin Malan’s adaptation of Shakespeare’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’ in English and IsiZulu. The play was translated by Nkululeko Ndhlovu and edited by Nomusa Sibiya at UJ’s Multilingual Language Services at UJ.

Recorded by UJ Arts Academy students under direction of Nompumelelo Mtshali with mentorship by Dr Jerry Mofokeng, the series includes an educational segment presented by Ashalin Singh and Nompumelelo Mtshali. The project, made available online at no cost, is intended to assist learners who are required to learn the Shakespeare play to make a connection with the work.

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#WeART 2022 Programme

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UJ Arts & Culture, a division of the Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture (FADA) at the University of Johannesburg, has embraced the challenges of producing and presenting content during the height of the pandemic. It’s virtual interdisciplinary project, The Pandemic, attracted international interest while the launch of the UJ Art Gallery’s online platform, Moving Cube, has scooped up the 2021 Business and Arts South Africa (BASA) Innovation Award. These are among several virtual projects and programmes the division has presented since 2020.

It has also been hard at working behind the scenes, gearing up for the release of the division’s art film, Skeletons, that was created and produced in-house with a stellar cast featuring Wayne van Rooyen, Carla Fonseca, Jacques Blignaut and Mpho Osei-Tutu under the direction of UJ Arts & Culture’s Resident Director, Jade Bowers.

The UJ Arts Academy drama students have taken on the daunting task of recording an isiZulu translation of R&J Unplugged, an adaptation of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, as a radio drama. Under the direction of Nompumelelo Mtshali and mentorship by Dr Jerry Mofokeng, the podcast series will be released in April this year and includes an English version of the drama and an educational segment targeted at secondary school learners.

UJ Arts & Culture will also release a selection of four podcast play readings of works that were developed through the UJ Playwriting Laboratory in 2020 and recorded in 2021. This programme will be presented for the third year running in 2022, affording emerging playwrights an opportunity to develop a new one-act play during an intensive writing period.

Covid-permitting, the division is set to present several UJ Choir performances and marking the global Jazz Appreciation Month (JAM) on 30 April with a live concert at the UJ Arts Centre Theatre. The division has an ambitious theatre programme lined up for this year with Hlakanyana the musical, directed by Janice Honeyman and co-produced by Madevu Entertainment, scheduled for May. Jade Bowers’ Repertory Double-Bill Theatre Project, featuring a selection of plays from the 2020 UJ Playwriting Laboratory, and Macabre written by Pieter Jacobs and directed by Gopala Davies scheduled for October.

The UJ Art Gallery and Moving Cube programmes will see the division present both solo and group exhibitions. We have kicked off the year with Corne Venter’s Susurration :: Faint whispers, deep understanding, and up next is Leora Faber’s ghosted Matter, phantom hurt (and other chimera), followed by Privileges of Proximity: In conversation with the UJ Art Collection (Curated by newly appointed UJ Art Curator – Thabo Seshoka), a group exhibition Personal Structures (Curated by Gordon Froud and Annali Dempsey recently retired UJ Art Curator), Power, Poverty and Pretense (Curated by Thabo Seshoka); a Solo by the legendary Pat Mautloa and finally, UJ and MTN SA Foundation’s customary annual exhibition (with a twist!).

PROGRAMME DETAILS

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UJ Arts & Culture presents

UJ PLAYWRITING LABORATORY

An online programme

January to November

For the third year in a row, UJ Arts & Culture will host twelve playwriting residencies targeted at aspirant and established playwrights who will be challenged to develop script for a 60-90 minute one-act play over a writing intensive period.

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UJ Arts & Culture presents

SUSURRATION: FAINT WHISPERS, DEEP UNDERSTANDING

Moving Cube (movingcube.uj.ac.za)

24 January – 11 February

Venter’s current practice is aligned to the study of palimpsestic processes and engaging with memories of childhood trauma through dialogical self-theory. Naming the exhibition aporetic denotes the open-ended nature of self-dialogue and the inability to pin down the beginning and end of experience and inner dialogue. The exhibition will comprise of several sheer fabric works that are suspended from the ceiling and sculptural works placed on plinths and the floor as well as framed multi-media paintings, photographs and shadow boxes displayed on walls.

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UJ Arts & Culture presents

GHOSTED MATTER, PHANTOM HURT (AND OTHER CHIMERA)

Moving Cube (movingcube.uj.ac.za)

23 February – 22 March

For the past three years, Johannesburg-based artist, Leora Farber has engaged with bioart an umbrella term for a range of art forms that engage critically with biomaterials and bioscientific practices – in innovative and exciting ways. ‘Bioartists’ mix artistic and scientific practices, often using live tissues, bacteria, living organisms and life processes as media. In the video works featured on the ghosted matter, phantom hurt (and other chimera) installation, Farber extends her use of biomaterials and micro-organisms as matter into the digital realm.

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UJ Arts & Culture presents

PRIVILEGES OF PROXIMITY: IN CONVERSATION WITH THE UNIVERSITY’S ART COLLECTION

UJ Art Gallery (APK)

26 March – 15 April

University Collections are traditionally shaped by the notion of collecting in the present and preserving for the future. In most cases, art collections are often built around particular periods, sentiments and ideologies. The process of collecting and managing collections is subjective and customarily pivot around the ‘selection’, ‘omission’ or ‘underrepresentation’. This exhibition draws on the UJ Art Collection and seeks to consider and critically engage with the different approaches and ideologies that informed its establishment and further re-imagine, interrogate and ‘re-position’ the artists whose works form part of these collections in present day society.

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UJ Arts & Culture and South African National Association for the Visual Arts present

PERSONAL STRUCTURES

UJ Art Gallery (APK) & Moving Cube (movingcube.uj.ac.za)

30 April – 3 June

The UJ Art Gallery in collaboration with SANAVA (South African National Association for the Visual Arts) will present a group exhibition of works by established and emerging contemporary South African artists in response to the European Cultural Centre (ECC) ongoing project, that will document current developments and thoughts around the philosophical concepts of Time, Space, and Existence as observed in South Africa.

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R&J UNPLUGGED

UJ Arts & Culture Podcast Platform (arts.uj.ac.za)

April to May

This adaptation of Romeo and Juliet has been translated into isiZulu and has been recorded by UJ Arts Academy students as a radio drama in English and isiZulu packaged together with educational lessons targeted at secondary school learners.

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UJ Arts & Culture, in partnership with the University of the Witwatersrand and The Centre for the Creative Arts at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, presents

INTERNATIONAL JAZZ DAY CELEBRATION

UJ Arts Centre Theatre (APK)

30 April

Jazz Appreciation Month (fondly known as “JAM”) is a global event held in April every year to recognize and celebrate the extraordinary heritage and history of jazz. JAM is intended to stimulate and encourage people of all ages to participate in jazz – to study the music, attend concerts, listen to jazz on radio and recordings, read books about jazz, and more.

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UJ Arts & Culture and Madevu Entertainment present

HLAKANYANA

UJ Arts Centre Theatre (APK)

21 May to 4 June

Hlakanyana, a retelling of the Zulu folktale, was commissioned by Arts & Culture in 2020. This authentic musical, directed by Janice Honeyman, will be produced as part of the Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture’s award-winning interdisciplinary theatre programme.

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UJ Arts & Culture and Missouri State University present

UJ CHOIR AND MISSOURI STATE UNIVERSITY (MSU) CHORALE IN CONCERT

Venue TBC

3 June

UJ Choir and MSU Chorale will be conducted by Dr Cameron LaBarr for a joint concert.

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UJ Arts & Culture presents

A SOLO EXHIBITION BY PAT MAUTLOA

UJ Art Gallery and Moving Cube (movingcube.uj.ac.za)

18 June – 22 July

Walkabouts: TBC

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UJ Arts & Culture presents

PAPER PLAY REPERTORY DOUBLE-BILL

National Arts Festival

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Two plays developed through the UJ Playwriting Lab in 2022 have been selected for production as an experimental double-bill set to premiere at the National Arts Festival in Makhanda under the direction of award-winning Jade Bowers from UJ Arts & Culture.

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UJ Arts & Culture presents

POWER, POVERTY AND PRETENCE

UJ Art Gallery and Moving Cube (movingcube.uj.ac.za)

20 August – 30 September

Walkabouts: 27 July and 17 August

It was Pythagoras (570 BC – 490 BC), who once postulated the significance of numbers in everything around us. The number 3, was considered to be the perfect number, symbolising harmony, wisdom and understanding (Welsh National Opera, 2019). However, as society has advanced, the number 3 has come to be associated with omens and bad luck. In South Africa, the country continues to be accompanied by the 3 P’s (Power, Poverty and Pretence) on its journey to recovery. Through a series of collaborations this exhibition will engage with Power, Poverty and Pretence in South Africa, seeking to amplify the voices and agency of those who are presently positioned on the margins.

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UJ Arts & Culture presents

SKELETONS

Festival / Venue TBC

23 to 30 July

Set in the heart of the Maluti mountains, Skeletons grapples with social and political issues. An experimental fantasy, the film brings matters of land and ownership into focus through the eyes of four multidimensional characters who each has a story to tell. In a space and time of absolute scarcity, Skeletons unpacks ideas around home, belonging identity and the vicious cycle of oppression. Written by Pieter Jacobs, Skeletons was produced in-house by UJ Arts & Culture with a stellar cast featuring Wayne van Rooyen, Carla Fonseca, Jacques Blignaut and Mpho Osei-Tutu under the direction of Jade Bowers.

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UJ Arts & Culture presents

UJ PLAYWRITING LABORATRORY PODCAST SERIES

UJ Arts & Culture Podcast Platform (arts.uj.ac.za)

1 to 31 August

Readings of a selected number of original South African plays that were developed through the UJ Playwriting Lab in 2020 will be released in podcast format during the month.

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UJ Arts & Culture, in partnership with University of Pretoria and North West University, presents

CHOIR KALEIDOSCOPE 2022

UJ Auditorium (APK)

Date TBC

A mini choir festival with three university choirs, to be hosted by UJ on a Sunday afternoon.

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UJ Arts & Culture presents

FUTURES AND BEYOND: CREATIVITY AND 4IR

UJ Arts Centre Theatre (APK) and Zoom

30 and 31 August

The Futures and Beyond: Creativity and 4IR Conference aims to serve as an impetus for an Africa-centric discourse and knowledge development at the intersection of Creativity and the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR). The specificities of industrialization on the African continent require unique approaches that respond to the context and needs of African societies. These approaches will define the future for the cultural and creative sectors while at the same time re-imagining a new future for Africa where humanity and technology meet.

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UJ Arts & Culture presents

MACABRE

Free State Arts Festival

3 to 9 October

Macabre is an immersive live and virtual theatre experience. With its finger on the South African pulse, it breaks down the notions of senescence and tackles ageism and racism in democratic South Africa. Written by Pieter Jacobs and directed by Gopala Davies, this site-specific psychological suspense play invites small audiences for an exclusive intimate experience while virtual audiences will enjoy access to unique streams of content broadcast live during the performances. The journey starts when Maude’s past and Abel’s future dramatically collide. At heart, Macabre is a story of guilt, loss and remorse.

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UJ Arts & Culture presents

UJ ARTS ACADEMY SHOWCASE

Arts Centre Theatre (APK), Bunting Theatre & Online

Dates TBC

Dance, drama and poetry students showcases their talents in a week-long festival of performance.

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UJ Arts & Culture presents

UJ CHOIR CELEBRATION CONCERT 2022

Venue TBC

Date TBC

A celebratory evening where UJ Choir showcases a selection of the best songs of their 2022 repertoire.

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UJ Arts & Culture and MTN SA Foundation present

MTN | UJ ANNUAL EXHIBITION

UJ Art Gallery (APK) & Moving Cube (movingcube.uj.ac.za)

26 October to 02 December

Details to be released soon!

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About UJ Arts & Culture

UJ Arts & Culture, a division of the Faculty of Art, Design & 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. A robust range of arts platforms are offered on all four UJ campuses for students, staff, alumni and the general public to experience and engage with emerging and established Pan-African and international artists drawn from the full spectrum of the arts.

In addition to UJ Arts & Culture, FADA (www.uj.ac.za/fada) offers programmes in eight creative disciplines, in Art, Design and Architecture, as well as playing home to the NRF (National Research Foundation) SARChI Chair in South African Art & Visual Culture, and the Visual Identities in Art & Design Research Centre. The faculty has a strong focus on sustainability and relevance, and engages actively with the dynamism, creativity and diversity of Johannesburg in imagining new approaches to art and design education.

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UJ Arts & Culture seeks to appoint an experienced Theatre Technician

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UJ Arts & Culture seeks to appoint an experienced Theatre Technician who will be responsible for all technical aspects of internal and external productions, concerts, events, festivals, seminars and conferences presented across the University's campuses, including the responsibilities listed below.

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UJ’s experimental theatre film Skeletons premieres at DIFF 2022

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UJ Arts & Culture, a division of the Faculty of Art, Design & Architecture (FADA), is proud to announce the premiere of Skeletons, directed by Jade Bowers at the Durban International Film Festival 2022 taking place from 21-30 July 2022. Skeletons will showcase on 28 July 2022 at the Suncoast Cinema, Durban.

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Futures and Beyond: Creativity and 4IR Dialogue Series

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The Futures and Beyond dialogue series in July kicks off the conversations to be explored at this year’s Futures and Beyond Conference.

UJ Arts & Culture, a division of the Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture (FADA), in collaboration with Andani. Africa, a creative industries research and insights company, are getting ready to host a dialogue series setting the tone for the Futures and Beyond conference planned for August.

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UJ Artists in Residence call for applications

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The University of Johannesburg (UJ) Artists in Residence Programme is now open for applications for residencies commencing in January 2023.

Designed to stimulate arts practice as research, the UJ Artists in Residence Programme makes residencies available in Visual and Fine Arts, Music, Theatre, Performance and Dance, Design, Film and Television, and Literary Arts. The programme is open for applications from new, emerging, and established artists from across the globe, but preferably with a connection to Africa. Artists are eligible to apply for physical or remote residencies at the institution and depending on the nature of the proposed residency, successful artists may work partly or completely remotely.

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UJ announces artists in residence

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The University of Johannesburg (UJ) Artists in Residence Programme kicks off this July with its first cohort of nine artists in residence.

Designed to stimulate arts practice as research, the UJ Artists in Residence Programme will host several artists working in Fine and Visual Art, including Kagiso Kekana, Sonya Rademeyer, Juan Orrantia, Brenton Maart, and Egyptian artist Mai Al Shazly. Lindiwe Matshikiza and Yazeed Kamaldien have been selected for the Film and Television category and Jamil Khan and Mbuso Ndlovu have been selected to pursue projects in the Literary Arts and Music disciplines.

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New name of UJ Arts Centre theatre announced

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The Vice Chancellor of the University of Johannesburg (UJ), Professor Tshilidzi Marwala, announced the UJ Arts Centre theatre’s new name at the opening of ‘Hlakanyana’.

In tune with Africa Day celebrations, UJ announced that the UJ Arts Centre Theatre has been named after renowned poet Professor Keorapetse William Kgositsile. Chosen by the UJ Transformation Committee after a robust consultative process, UJ is delighted to honour South African Tswana poet, journalist, and political activist, best known by his pen name Bra Willie (1938-2018). Kgositsile lived in exile in the United States and later in Tanzania and was one of the first poets to bridge the gap between African poetry and black poetry in the United States. He returned to South Africa in 1990 and wrote of his experiences in the new South Africa. Kgositsile was named South Africa’s first National Poet Laureate in 1996. He later went on to receive the National Order of Ikhamanga for his contribution to literature.

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UJ Art Gallery call for artists to paint outgoing UJ Chancellor Professor Njabulo Ndebele

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UJ Arts & Culture a division of the Faculty of Art, Design & Architecture (FADA) and the UJ Art Gallery invites mid-career, emerging and established African artists to submit proposals for the commission to paint the outgoing Chancellor of the University of Johannesburg, Professor Njabulo Ndebele, whose term ends in September.

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Ticket sales open for Hlakanyana

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Marking the celebration of Africa Day, ‘Hlakanyana’ is set to open at the UJ Arts Centre on 25 May.

After a long development journey since the advent of Covid-19, ‘Hlakanyana’ is set to bring folklore, award-winning music, and magic to the Keorapetse William Kgositsile Theatre at the UJ Arts Centre this Africa Day. Directed by South African theatre icon Janice Honeyman and featuring some of South Africa’s most promising emerging artists, ‘Hlakanyana’ features a cunning, unethical creature, depicted in animal or human form, and who is the long-awaited son of the chief of a village, but instead of being a uniting force he leaves devastation in his wake.

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