Young topical contemporary dance and theatre from Southern Africa central in 12th edition Afrovibes Festival

Moving in time festival theme Afrovibes 2015

From 7 until 17 October 2015, the twelfth edition of the International Afrovibes festival takes place in Amsterdam, The Hague, Utrecht and Rotterdam. Art and culture are booming in Southern Africa with plenty of young talent in dance, theatre and design. Each year the festival brings the most outstanding pioneers and established talents from Africa to the Netherlands.

Highlights from the programme: dance
In Page 27 young choreographer and dancer Lulu Mlangeni examines the role of strong women in a male-dominated society. A diptych dance performance of hip hop, contemporary urban dance and African dance elements in collaboration with the full cast of Vuyani Dance Theatre from Johannesburg: the most renowned modern dance company in South Africa. Choreographer Nadia Beugré from Ivory Cost is guest at the festival with her overwhelming dance performance Quartiers Libres. A breathless solo in which Beugré takes over the stage with her characteristic raw energy and explores taboos and limits of free expression and speech and the public arenas we find ourselves being chased away from. Quartiers Libres was a great success in New York and Washington, toured in Germany last year and is performed at the Festival d'Automne in Paris in 2015. We Left / Couched, a dance performance from two new South African dance talents Grant van Ster and Shaun Oelf in Cape Town, is about the complex relationships, tensions and sensualities between men. A fusion of urban dance with African dance styles.

Highlights: theatre
A huge success at the Edinburgh Festival, now to be seen at Afrovibes 2015: the coming of age story Undone of young South African director and actor Wessel Pretorius. Originally written in Afrikaans, this sensual play is about a young white South African male searching for his freedom and identity. In The Line South African director Gina Shmukler takes the violent attacks against foreigners in South Africa under the microscope. How can it be that people cross the border (The Line) crossing and change from victim into perpetrator? Based on real witnesses of the xenophobic attacks against foreigners in South Africa.

Preview Maqanga: Soweto Soul
The preview of Mbaqanga: Soweto Soul. Musical globetrotter Joep Pelt, together with South African Hammond organist Black Moses Ngwenya and rapper Zuluboy from South Africa start a new collaboration in South Africa which results in a contemporary composition of the Mbaqanga music, also known as township jive. The Mbaqanga gained fame worldwide with the album Graceland by Paul Simon. At Afrovibes 2015, Joep Pelt and Zuluboy will present a preview of this new collaboration and create a whole new South Africansound using popular music traditions from the past.

Moving in time
This year's festival theme is Moving in time. About past and present, about origins and traditions and about your future. About listening to each other and moving forward by telling stories together. Are you free to tell your own story? What does freedom of expression mean, are there limits to this freedom and who determines those limits? Moving in time also means 'moving places'. Migrationand fear of foreigners and how artists respond are themes within the festival programme.

Fringe programme
The festival has an extensive fringe program with debates, masterclasses, artistic exchanges, music, a design exhibition with contemporary African design and graphics, and a special artist-in-residency program. This year, among others, Gerson Main, Kernkoppen, De Wolff, South African hip hopper Hemelbesem will be on stage. Host in Amsterdam will be Quinsy Gario. Early August the whole program is complete.

About Afrovibes
Afrovibes offers a multidisciplinary mix of topical contemporary performances from Southern Africa. During ten days visitors can enjoy all the quality in arts that Southern Africa has to offer.

To put in your agenda:

Amsterdam: Compagnietheater and Bijlmer Parktheater 7 until 10 October
Utrecht: Stadsschouwburg 10 October
Den Haag: Theater aan het Spui and de Nieuwe Regentes 14, 15 & 17 October
Rotterdam: Maaspodium 11 October.

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    Lonneke Laurant

    Neem voor meer informatie over het festival, beeldmateriaal en aanvragen voor (skype)interviews contact op met Coördinator marketing & communicatie Afrovibes, Lonneke Laurant.

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About Afrovibes festival

Afrovibes is een jaarlijks festival van hedendaags theater, dans en muziek uit Zuidelijk Afrika. Het festival brengt opkomend en gevestigd Afrikaans talent naar Europa om een Europees publiek te ontmoeten. Het festival creëert de mogelijkheid voor een uitgebreide artistieke uitwisseling met kunstenaars in Europa. Theater, dans en muziek zijn de kerndisciplines van het festival. 

Vier dagen lang kan het publiek genieten van alle kwaliteit dat Zuidelijk Afrika te bieden heeft in theaters in Amsterdam (MCTheater, Bijlmer Parktheater), Utrecht (Rasa/ Stadsschouwburg), DenHaag (De Nieuwe Regentes, PaardvanTroje), Eindhoven (Parktheater) en Rotterdam (Maaspodium). Na 12 oktober gaat het festival 4 weken op tournee in Engeland langs 18 steden.