Rhodes University television journalism students have been hard at work producing a variety of videos forCueTVat the 2013National Arts Festivalin Grahamstown,covering various dance, theatre and music productions in the Main and Fringe programmes. Watch some of their videos below, or visit theCueTV blogfor all the videos.

BIKO’S QUEST: Inspired by the Steve Biko Foundation’s photographic exhibition entitled The Quest for True Humanity, Biko’s Quest brings the life and death of apartheid activist, Steve Biko to the stage in a powerful and emotional journey told through compelling movement and dance.
DAN PATLANSKY – WOODEN THOUGHTS: Dan Patlansky is one of the most respected blues artists to come out of South Africa. 20 Stones, Dan’s album which was released last year, was voted #10 on Blues Rock Reviews Top 20 Albums. This year, Dan does something a little different to his fiery electric rock blues in Wooden Thoughts — his first ever acoustic album.

HOPE! DEAF THEATRE: In a celebration of deafness within the hearing world, Hope! tells the story of Thabo, a boy born deaf and cast out by his community who believe he is bewitched. In his exile, Thabo is found by a tenacious and helpful deaf girl who teaches him to communicate in sign language. Thabo is eventually reunited with his family and the community realizes that his deafness is not a bewitchment. The play is acted in sign language by students from the Bartemia School for the Deaf and Blind, and narrated for the hearing in English, isiXhosa and Sesotho.

PLASTIC: Award-winning Underground Dance Theatre from Cape Town presents Plastic – a double-bill of contemporary dance. The themes: a take on the Voortrekkers and a piece about space and and relationships:

THE PURPLE SHALL GOVERN: Mary Sibande is a talent in the South African art circles and internationally through her visually daring exhibitions. Sibande, a Standard Bank Young Artist 2013 winner, shows in The Purple Shall Govern the politics of identity and the notion of rebirth in South Africa:

ZULU: After nearly three decades, South African theatre legend Mbongeni Ngema returns to the stage with The Zulu. In this premiere play Ngema finally evokes the history of his people, a story he had been struggling to tell.

STORIES FOR CHANGE: Directed by multi-award winner, Kline Smith, Stories for Change is an interactive production with the boys of the Khayalethu Shelter for Children-at-Risk. Telling stories as well as listening to the stories of others is encouraged in this interactive show.

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