A look at Krêkvars-Kopanong 2016


The annual Krêkvars-Kopanong Arts Festival, hosted by the Drama Department in collaboration with UP Arts and the University of Pretoria, opened with a bang this year. Palesa Matabane, newly appointed festival organiser for 2016, began proceedings by announcing in her opening address that as of 2017 Krêkvars-Kopanong will be continuing forward as the Kopanong Arts Festival in the interest of promoting transformation. Following Matabane’s address, The Broken Whole was performed for those invited.

The Broken Whole, choreographed and directed by Luyanda Sidiya, was a good choice for an opening show. The physical theatre piece wowed the festival’s invited guests and left many with a new perspective on the recent language policy debates and the effect this has on English and non-English speakers.

The piece, starring Zelné Papenfus, Bianca Rudd, Themba Papu, Dean Christian, Palesa Olifant, Westley Smith and Max Breytenbach, was both emotive and tastefully performed. The Broken Whole can be commended for its notably fair representation of varied angles of the effects of language debate on the different language speakers, and for dealing with a relatable and topical theme through the incorporation of impressive physical choreography.

The festival ran from 18-23 July and hosted shows of a variety of genres and topics.


Nusi Grobler. Photo: Shen Scott

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