National School of the Arts’ Festival of Fame kicks off in Joburg on 25 February

National School of the Arts’ Festival of Fame kicks off in Joburg on 25 February

The National School of the Arts (NSA)’s 12th Festival of Fame – Expressions of Heritage will open in Johannesburg, South Africa, on 25 February and ends 1 March 2013, the organisers said this week.

The six-day festival, a celebration of art, drama, dance and music, will showcase an inspirational emerging talent and professionals reflecting South Africa’s dynamic cultural heritage.

The event’s venues include the NSA premises, all three Johannesburg Theatre venues (the Nelson Mandela stage, the Fringe and the space.com), as well as Constitution Hill.

Here are a few acts for the programme:

  • Opening the programme at the Nelson Mandela Theatre will be the highly acclaimed Songs of Migration featuring 2013 Grammy nominee Hugh Masekela, Gloria Bosman and NSA learners.
  • Dance Spectrum, choreographed by Manuel Norambuena and Sarah Hurter Minkus Variations, celebrates the traditional classical ballet heritage.
  • Pictures of Africa, a dramatic contemporary piece choreographed by Lauren Jones.
  • Guest choreographer Gregory Maqoma from Vuyani Dance Theatre brings his signature choreographic style to NSA in his staging of two movements from his critically celebrated, The Four Seasons.
  • The Music Department’s African Reflections conducted and directed by Jana Barnard features the NSA’s 45-piece orchestra and 30-voice choir. This is South Africa’s history interpreted in an eclectic musical journey.
  • Sylvia Glasser’s Tranceformations, a contemporary dance’s tribute to the San/Bushman people.

The NSA will see over 40 productions, including workshops exhibitions and more than 10 visual arts workshops and installations, over the week of Festival of Fame.

Ticket costs R80. Book at Computicket.

The Festival of Fame – Expressions of Heritage is sponsored by Rand Merchant Bank and ABI.

*Photo by Ruphin Coudyzer. An image from 3 Girls with Chinese Umbrellas, Khanyo Maphumulo (back left), Gugu Shezi (front) and Kuki Mncube (back right).

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