Nominees for Vrystaat Arts Festival Awards 2018

Behind the Scenes Communications
08/21/2018 09:30:02

The 18th edition of the annual Vrystaat Arts Festival 2018 took place in Bloemfontein from July 8-14, 2018 playing to capacity houses.

This unique celebration of South African performing arts linked hands with several local and international collaborations, taking the festival to another level.

The Vrystaat Arts Festival Awards will be presented to several productions selected by a panel of judges in each category.

In Classical Music, the national nominees are Bewitched on Broadway with Cat Simoni, a celebration of timeless Broadway shows and Jacques-Pierre Malan in Duo.

The third nominee in this category is Charl du Plessis Trio’s production Opposites attract that featured music from opera and in between the most well-known jazz vocal hits in their repertoire.

The Best Free State Artist Music Production is an outright winner to be announced at the Awards function.

The nominees in the Visual Art section of the Vrystaat Arts Festival 2018 include Diane Victor with Little History: a Retroflection.

Internationally renowned for her superb draughtsmanship and printmaking skills, this artist embraces controversy through her work.

Beth Armstrong, in perpetuum was a sculptural exhibition which centred on contrasting variations of density and looseness.

The 3rd nominee is Flux curated by Marjorie Human and Mine Kleynhans which was an exhibition showing the works of prominent artists who engage with conceptual art, design and craft disciplines.

For the Drama category, the following productions have been nominated:

GodgOdgoD by Ilana Cilliers and Wolf Britz investigated creation, the creative process and the effects of creation on the environment.

Alpha directed by Erwin Maas and Stef de Paepe was an installation work that profiled the upcoming generation that were called Alpha.

Harry & Jackie directed by Christo Davis looked at the seven-year itch that so commonly comes within a marriage and how the couples resolve their issues.

The nominees for the Free State Production and Artist include:

DEURnis: Bang; DEURnis: Bloos; DEURnis: Broei which were all one-on-one theatre that included unique cutting-edge interaction: One actor, one audience member and the outcomes of the process. Produced by Theatre Rocket.

The other nominated work is Elke briljante ding by Ilne Fourie: A comedy about depression that takes a life of its own.

The artists based in the Free State that have been nominated include

Ilne Fourie for Elke briljante ding; Gerben Kamper for Alpha;

Manzikazi Scota for Alpha; Mia-Anne O'Kennedy for Bang and

De Beer Cloete director: Bang.

In the Vrynge Category, the following have been nominated:

Rooilug directed by Jeffersen Dirk-Korkee which looked at changing lanes and names and ultimately causing confusion.

Blou directed by Ilne Fourie challenged you to take a big step and take a chance.

Geskeurde vellies: directed by Stella Kotze was a farm drama that reflected on a farmer’s life and the challenges they have to face.

Troos directed by Nicolaas Beukes was a psychological thriller that explored the effects of a fear of being alone or isolated.

Gril directed by Willem Esterhuyse is about a black girl who goes out to learn how to ‘gril’.

National Nominees in the Vrynge category include:

Singing anthems for rain directed by Ntsele Radebe that blended politics to self-interest, culture and global warming.

Frenzy for two directed by Kay Dewes looked at human nature and our general inability to past the immediate realities we are facing.

Akkordeon-aksente: tango tot klassiek with Wimpie Greyvenstein and Danie du Toit was an intimate acoustic fresh look at the traditional accordion.

Raak directed by Kanya Viljoen with the cast was the story of a single evening that unfolds a lifetime shared between a husband and wife.

Koek en Tert directed by Kristin Pienaar looked at flirting and how to successfully attract attention.

There will also be two special awards: one will go to a selected production that the festival management will look at developing further to be presented at the festival in 2019 and the Experimental and Live Art Award.

The nominees for the Experimental and Live Art Award are

Staging Change (a Re-Future project) by Keith Armstrong which showed the outcome of a collaboration between the artist Armstrong and informal settlement residents in South Africa.

disobedience rules (pvi collective) a work that encouraged civil-disobedience, challenging the system with public interventions in the city.

A.I.R. Altitude Immersive Radio by (Julia Drouhin) a performance poetry book launch and public community artwork that was transmitted through a relay of radio broadcasts at Hoffman Square.

The winners of the Vrystaat Arts Festival Awards 2018 will be announced at a special function end of August 2018. The awards have been sponsored by ABSA, NATi and the Kunste Trust.

Dr Ricardo Peach
Direkteur/Director Vrystaat Kunstefees/Arts Festival/Tsa-Botjhaba
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