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Award-winning Pictures of You at KKNK

Christine Skinner
03/14/2011 15:41:05


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Award-winning Pictures of You, titled Drome van Jou, will be at the Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunstefees for the first time from 2-9 April at 6pm daily.

Created by a conspiracy of clowns in association with FTH:K, Pictures of You premiered in 2008, has gathered rave reviews, numerous awards and was the highest grossing theatre show on the fringe at the 2009 National Arts Festival. It will be performed at the KKNK ahead of an international tour to the Imbewu Festival in New York, USA, later this year.

Pictures of You/Drome van Jou will be presented at the new Iets Anders venue, in which festival goers can enjoy a number of physical and visual theatre productions under the same roof in regular time slots daily. The other acclaimed productions performing as part of the collective are: Hats/Hoedens by Peter Bosch and Richard Antrobus, Rumpsteak by Gaëtan Schmid, London Road directed by Lara Bye and …miskien directed by Tara Notcutt.

Pictures of You/Drome van Jou tells the story of Frank and Janet’s seemingly picture-perfect marriage - neat, ordered, and respectable. But underneath lies a deeper truth – one of buried secrets and repressed desires that begin leaking out when Frank starts to dream. The production uses a blend of character masks, arresting imagery, puppetry and an imaginative soundscape, to explore the pleasure, pain, mistakes and forgiveness that govern our responses to being in love.

Awards it has gathered to date include two Fleur du Caps – Rob Murray won the award for Best Lighting Design and 2010 Standard Bank Young Artist Award winner for theatre, Janni Younge, won the award for Best Prop and/or Puppetry Design for her masks in the production. It also received a Standard Bank Ovation Award at the 2010 National Arts Festival.

Devised by Rob Murray and the cast, and directed by Rob Murray, Pictures of You/Drome van Jou is performed by Liezl de Kock (Womb Tide, QUACK!) and Dorian Burstein (Kaput, Wet Feet, Love Amongst the Bones, Cowboy Mouth) with visual design by winner of the 2010 Standard Bank Young Artist award for theatre, Janni Younge and sound design by contemporary artist and experimental musician, James Webb, winner of the 2008 ABSA L'atelier prize.

Tanya Surtees, Company Director of FTH:K, says “As a visual theatre company, our work focuses on non-verbal communication and so transcends the barriers of language and culture. We encourage audiences to listen with their eyes, and we are thrilled be performing for the first time at the KKNK in the same venue as other dynamic and like-minded artists from Johannesburg and Cape Town.”

Pictures of You/Drome van Jou performs from 2-9 April at Iets Anders (South Cape College Hall) at 6pm daily. Tickets cost R85. Ages: From 13 years.

a conspiracy of clowns is a collective of award-winning visual theatre makers. The initiative is geared towards promoting a collaborative approach to creating original theatre work with a particular focus on clowning, visual theatre, puppetry and contemporary devised performance.

FTH:K is a multi-award-winning visual theatre and education company that aims to revolutionise the South African theatre industry through the development of Deaf and hearing performer-creators. FTH:K recently won the inaugural Herbert Dhlomo Naledi Award for Emerging Theatre Companies at the 2010 Naledi Theatre Awards. The award recognises companies that push boundaries and take theatre into new realms of artistic expression.


Visit http://fthk.wordpress.com and http://www.youtube.com/FTHKvisuals and www.conspiracyofclowns.co.za or join Pictures of You and FTH:K on Facebook.


Bekroonde Pictures of You by die KKNK

Die bekroonde opvoering Pictures of You word vanjaar vir die eerste keer by die Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunstefees as Drome van Jou opgevoer.

Opvoerings vind daagliks om 18:00 van 2-9 April plaas.

Pictures of You, wat deur die teatergroep a conspiracy of clowns in samewerking met FTH:K geskep is, het sy première in 2008 gehad. Kritici was gaande daaroor en die toneelstuk het verskeie toekennings ontvang. Die stuk het ook die grootste loketinkomste op die randfees by die 2009 Nasionale Kunstefees in Grahamstad verdien. Ná die speelvak by die KKNK is daar later vanjaar 'n internasionale toer na die Imbewu-fees in New York.

Pictures of You/Drome van Jou word opgevoer by die nuwe lokaal, Iets Anders, waar feesgangers 'n aantal fisiese en visuele teaterproduksies onder een dak, en op gereelde daaglikse tydgleuwe, kan bywoon. Ander hoog aangeskrewe produksies wat hier gesien kan word, is: Hats/Hoedens deur Peter Bosch en Richard Antrobus, Rumpsteak deur Gaëtan Schmid, London Road onder regie van Lara Bye en …miskien, met Tara Notcutt as regisseur.

In Pictures of You/Drome van Jou het Frank en Janet op die oog af die perfekte huwelik - netjies, georden en fatsoenlik. Daaragter skuil egter 'n dieper waarheid – versteekte geheime en onderdrukte begeertes wat na vore kom wanneer Frank begin droom. Karaktermaskers, magiese realisme, poppe en 'n innoverende klankbaan word ingespan om die genot, pyn, misgissings en vergifnis van 'n liefdesverhouding te verken.

Die opvoering spog met twee Fleur du Cap-toekennings – Rob Murray vir beste beligtingsontwerp, en Janni Younge, wat ook die Standard Bank se 2010-toekenning vir jong teaterkunstenaars ontvang het, vir beste rekwisiete en/of poppe-ontwerp vir haar maskers. Die stuk het ook die Standard Bank Ovation-toekenning by die 2010 Nasionale Kunstefees in Grahamstad ontvang.

Pictures of You/Drome van Jou, onder regie van Rob Murray, is geskep deur Murray en die akteurs, Liezl de Kock (Womb Tide, QUACK!) en Dorian Burstein (Kaput, Wet Feet, Love Amongst the Bones, Cowboy Mouth) met die visuele ontwerp deur die wenner van Standard Bank se 2010-toekenning vir jong teaterkunstenaars, Janni Younge. Klankontwerp is deur die kontemporêre kunstenaar en eksperimentele musikant, James Webb, wenner van die 2008 ABSA L'atelier-prys.

Tanya Surtees, direkteur van FTH:K, sê: “As 'n visuele teatermaatskappy fokus ons werk op nie-verbale kommunikasie en verskuif só die grense van taal en kultuur. Ons moedig die gehoor aan om met hulle oë te luister, en ons is verheug om vir die eerste keer by die KKNK vanjaar in dieselfde lokaal as ander dinamiese en enersdenkende kunstenaars van Johannesburg en Kaapstad op te tree.”

Pictures of You/Drome van Jou word daagliks om 18:00 van 2-9 April by Iets Anders (Suid-Kaap Kollegesaal) opgevoer. Kaartjies kos R85. Ouderdomme: vanaf 13 jaar.

By die teatergroep a conspiracy of clowns word bekroonde visuele teaterskeppers byeengebring. 'n Spanbenadering word ingespan om oorspronklike teaterstukke te skep, met 'n besondere fokus op hansworstery, visuele teater, poppespel en kontemporêre opvoerings.

FTH:K is 'n veel bekroonde visuele teater- en opvoedingsmaatskappy met die doel om die Suid-Afrikaanse teaterbedryf te vernuwe deur die ontwikkeling van Dowe en horende akteur-skeppers.

Die eerste Herbert Dhlomo Naledi-toekenning vir ontluikende teatergroepe is onlangs by die 2010 Naledi-teatertoekenningplegtigheid aan FTH:K toegeken. Die toekenning gee erkenning aan teatergroepe wat grense verskuif en gestalte gee aan nuwe maniere van artistieke uitdrukking.

Wat die pers oor Pictures of You gesê het:

“… uitstekend" (Beeld)

"...’n aangrypende stukkie lewe..." (Die Burger)

“…this slow-burning charmer has been stealing the hearts of audiences around the country. Currently, it is captivating Festival patrons for the second year in a row…Pictures of You is a dainty delicacy, to be cradled, adored and treasured.” (CUE) 8 July 2009

“This is a powerfully intense drama featuring Liezl de Kock (Janet) and Dorian Burstein (Frank), devised and directed by Rob Murray. The passion between Frank and Janet has dissipated and they both have dreams and expectations. Sound and light are ingeniously exploited to create the atmosphere which kept the audience spellbound by a gripping display of incredible acting for more than an hour. This team are experienced entertainers, and a must see for all festinos.” (CUE)

“Another peach of a show, also employing a strong visual idiom and non-verbal musings, was Rob Murray’s Pictures of You; this meditation on relationship torpor was a tonic." (CUE again)

“genius…something you simply cannot afford to miss” (Cape Times)

“theatrical gem…innovative and riveting…an elevating theatrical treat” (Mail & Guardian)

“…compelling, seductive and very rewarding” (Cape Argus)

“a refreshing and magical stage offering that will linger long after you’ve left” (www.capetheatre.co.za)

“explosive theatre…edgy, disturbing and entertaining” (The Sunday Independent)

“a powerful work that will leave you with a very strong memory” (48hours)

“compelling...we are touched in ways that stay with us long after the play has ended” (Bizcommunity 2009)

“mesmerising…riveting” (The Star)

“beautiful… really brilliant” (www.24.com)

“emotionally intense…Must-see, gripping theatre” (CUE)

“…FTH:K expands theatrical boundaries with its ‘Pictures of You'... Phenomenal... But the words are not important here. It's the pictures that are. And it's well worth making a point of seeing them.” (Artslink.co.za)

“...a lovely production - innovative physical theatre with an original take on storytelling.” (The Writing Studio)

"I found the whole experience intense, riveting and totally disturbing. Liesl and Dorian were absolutely incredible, physically realising the characters with such precision and detail that, even with huge unmoving masks, they were incredibly moving. Rob has directed them with vision and the quirky and surreal set (that was slightly cumbersome at times) was beautiful and strange, as was James Webb’s soundscape.

I was sucked in to this strange world of sadness and longing and the most fragile of moments. And it was extraordinary." (www.meganshead.co.za)

“Pictures of You is a remarkable theatre experience: unnerving, funny and poignant.” (Citizen)

Besoek http://fthk.wordpress.com en http://www.youtube.com/FTHKvisuals en www.conspiracyofclowns.co.za of sluit aan by Pictures of You en FTH:K op Facebook.

Inligting oor die opvoering:
Opvoering: Pictures of You/Drome van Jou
Geskep deur: Rob Murray en die akterus, gegrond op 'n idee van Rob Murray en Liezl de Kock
Regie deur: Rob Murray
Akteurs: Liezl de Kock en Dorian Burstein
Maskers en poppe deur Janni Younge
Klankontwerp deur James Webb
Beligtingsontwerp: Rob Murray


Artslink.co.za Account:
Christine Skinner
christinems@telkomsa.net
082 855 7277
FTH:K
 
Related Event:
Absa KKNK - Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunstefees
Dates: Friday, 3rd April 2015 - Saturday, 11th April 2015




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