WSOA – Wits School of Arts
Directed by: Joni Barnard and Jane Crewe
Hosted by: Wits School of Art, Division of Theatre and Performance and the WITS Theatre.To enhance the educational aspect of the festival, DETOURS continues to host a series of workshops that accompany the festival. In 2016 we will be hosting workshops that are open to both students and the public. In our ethos of maintaining and growing the connections and relationships that have been made with participants and students from 2012 onwards, so we maintain an interest in developing strong relationships with our workshop facilitators.To kick start our workshop series, we welcomed Mersiha Mesihovic back into the studio at Wits. Bosnian -born and currently based in New York, Mersiha first engaged with DETOURS in 2015 where she performed her solo work, I am, and led a series of workshops. This year she conducted Movement Investigation and Embodiment workshop with Wits students and Wits alumni. The workshop focused on the the fundamental principles of Mesihovic’s unique method of physically exploring energy within and beyond the confines of the physical body. Participants were invited to look beyond the body as a mere generator or mechanical tool that connects the joints in movement and re-imagine the body as a site for possibility. In the build up to the festival, this workshop allowed the participants find further dimensions to their physicality and new entry points to creation of their choreographic work. For an interview with Mesihovic on this workshop, please visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jm7oP4G_uGY .
Kwanele Finch Thusi has been part of DETOURS since its inception in 2012, choreographing and performing Indabuko in 2012, Cutha in 2013, eXist in2014, Law of Bondage in 2015, and The Sound of Men in 2016. This year, as an invited guest, Finch is not only performing but also offering guidance to senior Wits University Dance Theatre Research Students as well as offering a once-off workshop which is open to the public. Under the supervision of performer/choreographer/lecturer Joni Barnard, these seven Dance Theatre Research Project students have developed work inspired by the themes of the festival: creative resistance and insurrection. Finch has been able to offer invaluable insight and feedback to these students as they grapple with their own interpretation of the themes and seek ways to express these choreographically.
Finch’s workshop Moving Bodies: Sounds and Spaces is a three-hour movement composition and dance knowledge exploration, which caters to all body types, ages and dance training. The first hour of the workshop introduces participants to movement theory by focusing on Forsythean Points of Co-ordination, playing with oppositions as well as positive and negative spaces. The second hour of the programme continues to play with movement levels, body manipulation by adding voice, soundscapes to the quality of the movement. The last hour of the workshop seeks to add narration or storytelling, by which the participants use images of their daily lives, personal stories, song, pedestrian movements which are then applied to the body for choreography or movement composition.
Nomcebisi Moyikwa’s first work for DETOURS was Caught, presented in 2014. This year she returns as an invited guest onto the DETOURS platform for the second time with her work Here/Hear/Her. In 2016, she will also be facilitating a workshop titled Transforming the self. This is an interactive workshop that investigates the manipulation of space in order to see how the self can transform through encounters with multiple spaces. Using these investigations as starting points, the workshop explores fundamental spatial principles of choreography in order to create work.
Thusi’s workshop Moving Bodies: Sounds and Spaces will take place on Saturday 21 May in UC9, 14:00-17:00.
Moyikwa’s workshop Transforming the Self will take place on Sunday 29 May in UC9, 9:30-12:30.
Workshops ARE FREE, but space is limited. Please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to book your spot in the workshop of your choice.
DETOURS runs at the Wits Downstairs Theatre 26, 27 May at 19:30, 28 May at 18:00, 29 May at 15:00
Full price: R45 online | R50 at door
Students and Pensioners: R30 online | R40 at door
Block Booking of 10 or more: R30 per person
WITSTIX: 27, 29 May = R10 online and R15 at the door