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.

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Here We Go events: outings for Pokemon Go fans


Pokémon is once again the subject of attention with the release of the Pokémon Go app. Pokémon Go events, or Poképatrols, were organised all around South Africa and one such company, Here We Go Events, drew the most attention. Hosting one of the largest events at the Pretoria Zoo, we spoke to Reinhardt Kukkuk, the owner of Here We Go Events.

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Review: Scratch Heather Livesey


Harri and Smyth seem to be polar opposites. Harri likes to stay put, while Smyth likes to wander. While Harri seems to have come to terms with the reality and results of forgetting, Smyth holds on desperately to her memories through the acts of journaling and avoiding sleep. The characters have a common preference for personifying their favourite objects: Harri has a toaster called Phil, and Smyth has a bicycle called Nelly. The plot of Scratch is circular and reminiscent of the works of Fugard in that it ends in more or less the same place that it started: the location is exactly the same, but there is evidence of Harri's internalisation of the lessons learnt through his time spent with Smyth – that together they formed some kind of whole. 

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Review: Women that Run with Wolves Anna Tlali


Women, it is not your job to woo men.” This is the best description of this play’s main theme. Women that Run with Wolves is a production about women’s rebirths into wolves, which may act as a symbol of power, worthiness, value, and as one which has a voice. The women start off weak, as servants would, but develop into strong, almost animalistic beings; competitive, almost blood-thirsty, but powerful in their unity. The transformation is violent and definite, perhaps referring to the rise or even current development of feminism.

The production is excellent with great vocals and bodily control. The shift from woman to wolf unfolded through a combination of song, dance and mime. The dark setting of the production created a sense of mystery and enhanced the visuals of the actresses’ silhouettes, as well as the vocals.

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Review: My-Self Jo-Ann McQuirk


My-Self is a complex performance of optical illusion, a meditation on the self that incorporates dance and gesture. The production addresses three main ideas, which are differentiated through subtle changes in the styles of the movement: “Who am I?”, “Looking for Myself”, and “Others like Me”.

At the start, a small beam of torchlight in the darkness is shone through a magnifying glass and then refracted using mirrors of varying sizes. Some mirrors are handheld, others are transported across the space on wheels due to their size. Although a harrowing experience for some, it is unique for the audience to be included in a performance through the use of the reflections provided by continuously revolving mirrors. Double entendres abound through reflection: we reflect on our reflections, and reflect on the lyrics of the songs and the words of the performers. We are left questioning the novelty of being ourselves, and whether it is a novelty at all.

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Will you be attending OppiKoppi this year?

I don't trust the dust, even if there are Mangoes - 59.3%
Oppi is an institution, I wouldn't miss it for the world - 25.9%
But daisies though... - 14.8%

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