Drama lecturer and theatre-maker Sara Matchett, director and performer, Mdu Kweyama and Masters anthropology student, Philani Sikhakhane present Theatre Arts, Precarity and Youth Health.

Kweyama considers how bringing dance into theatrical performance helps audiences to experience the messages and themes of a play more viscerally. His presentation also focuses on the ways in which movement and dance enable actors to access their emotions when interpreting scripts beyond the text.

Matchett interrogates the relationship between breath and emotion, and breath and image, in an attempt to make theatre and performance that is inspired by a biography of the body. In so doing, her talk investigates the body as a site for generating images for the purpose of performance-making. 

Sikhakhane’s presentation aims to demonstrate practical challenges experienced by South Africa’s post apartheid youth, with a particular focus on health-related issues. He draws on the experiences of young people who worked on an interdisciplinary collaborative project aimed at using theatre as a means to generate democratic exchanges about TB clinical research in Worcester.

[Images: Sara Matchett - photo credit: Nina Callaghan; Philani Sikhakhane - photo credit: Magdalena Beata Wysoczanska]

Mdu Kweyama is a director, choreographer and performer as well as a movement lecturer at City Varsity, and part-time movement lecturer in UCT’s Drama Department.

Sara Matchett is a Senior Lecturer in UCT’s Drama Department, and Artistic Director of the Mothertongue Project – a collective of women artists, facilitators and healing practitioners committed to healing and transformation through participatory theatre approaches. Her research investigates the soma as a site for generating images for performance making.

Philani Sikhakhane is a Masters student in the anthropology section of the School of African and Gender Studies, Anthropology and Linguistics at UCT. His research interests are embedded in multidisciplinary approaches to teaching, learning and the creation of knowledge.

The presentation, followed by an open question and answer session, will take place on Thursday 21 April from 17:30 – 19:00 in the Anatomy Lecture Theatre, Old Medical School Building, UCT Hiddingh Campus, 31 – 37 Orange Street, Cape Town.  Refreshments will be served from 17:00. No booking is necessary and all are welcome.

For more information, contact the ICA office: +27 21 650 7156 or sam.saevitzon@uct.ac.za.

Listen to the podcast: here.

Start: 21 Apr ’16 5:00 pm

End: 21 Apr ’16 7:00 pm

Cost: Free


Organizer: ICA

Email: sam.saevitzon@uct.ac.za

Venue: Anatomy Lecture Theatre

Phone: +27 21 650 7156

Address: Google Map UCT Hiddingh Campus, 31 Orange Street, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa