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Season 3

P.O.P. Art
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The Centre for the Less Good Idea is excited to announce that Season 3 will take place from 11 - 14 April 2018. This season features a number of solo and collaborative performance events at multiple locations at the Centre’s base camp in Arts on Main (Maboneng), as well as a special closing performance extending beyond the Centre and into the city at the Drill Hall.

The Season comprises 2 core programmes- Desert and writing for the ear, writing for the eye- repeating with some variation in performers over 4 evenings. The Season will close on Saturday, 14 April with a free performance by Keleketla! Library at the Drill Hall.



Early adventures with sound, film, live performance, light, installation, projection, animation, architecture and archive. A collectively imagined treatment of a script by Lindiwe Matshikiza, originally written for the stage, now landing somewhere between stage, installation and film. A story of inheritance and the magic of grief. In Loving Memory.

[Desert contains extracts of work by John Matshikiza, Harold Courlander's “A Treasury of African Folklore” and Filipa Domingues]

Directed by Mwenya Kabwe
Performed by Mncedisi Shabangu, Mele Broomes and Lindiwe Matshikiza
Cinematography by Boitumelo Moroka
Visual landscapes by Alexia Webster
Animations and shadow play by Meghan Judge
Sound design and musical compositions by João Renato Orecchia Zúñiga with Temandrota and Naty Kaly
Installation and costumes by Noluthando Lobese
Assistant set design and miniature making by Mmakhotso Lamola
Lighting design by Mandla Mtshali
Stage manager Cammie Behrens

Each performance of Desert is preceded by short performances by

Temandrota & Naty Kaly
(Temandrota & Naty Kaly are supported by an ANT Mobility Grant from Pro Helvetia Johannesburg financed by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC))

Mele Broomes and Javier Velázquez Cabrero

João Renato Orecchia Zúñiga
PROCESS SCORES with Danger Gevaar Ingozi, Temandrota, Naty Kaly, Mele Broomes, Gretchen, Andrei van Wyk and Lindiwe Matshikiza

The Centre for the Less Good Idea
Unit 11, Arts on Main
11, 12, 13, April 2018 from 6:30pm - 8pm
14 April 2018 from 2pm - 3:30pm

writing for the ear, writing for the eye
writing for the ear, writing for the eye brings together a group of artistic practitioners, musicians and performers to produce a series of works that focuses on the interplay between sonic, visual and gestural forms. This has resulted in a process driven by improvisation, and acts of listening. A key element is the construction of a suspended, staging device that becomes an agent and a mechanism that we respond to, and that also determines encounters and conversations between artists. This is a continually transforming and living space in which different practices can co-exist ; here light becomes image, sound becomes space. The project also expands beyond the Centre into the city for a performance by Keleketla! Library at the Drill Hall in Johannesburg.

Curators Bhavisha Panchia and Bettina Malcomess under their respective platforms, Nothing To Commit Records and the Joining Room, worked with Gabrielle Goliath, Danger Gevaar Ingozi (Chad Cordeiro & Nathaniel Sheppard), Simnikiwe Buhlungu, Andrei van Wyk (Healer Oran), Abri de Swardt, Lebohang Kganye, Dion Monti, Ntsoana Dance Company (Sello Pesa, Humphrey Maleka, Brian Mtembu), Gretchen Blegen and Malose Malahlela. The process has resulted in a series of experimental, intermedial and durational independent and collective works, including an improvised ensemble piece called Missed-time pieces. writing for the eye, writing for the ear stages intimate encounters with multiple pasts and presents as mediated through technologies of transmission and reproduction, from the digital to the analogue.

A detailed performance schedule is available on the bookings page of the site. Audiences are encouraged to attend one or more of the evening’s performances as each one will be unique.

Unit 9, Arts on Main
11, 12, 13 April 2018 from 8:30pm - 10pm
14 April 2018 from 4pm - 6pm
Performance by Keleketla! Library at the Drill Hall: 14 April from 8pm - 10pm


All ticketed events are R 100. Booking is essential
Due to the nature of the events of the season, capacity is limited and early booking is advised.
Bookings : www.lessgoodidea.com