INSTITUTE FOR CREATIVE ARTS LAUNCHES 3RD LIVE ART FESTIVAL
Immersive Experience Pushes Limits of the Imagination
Cape Town, 11 January 2017 - The Institute for Creative Arts (ICA) launches the highly anticipated international LIVE ART Festival 2017. The third in a series of biennial festivals, LIVE ART 2017 showcases a gathering of some of the most influential artists from across the continent for an explosion of performances set to push the boundaries of audiences and artists alike. With the City of Cape Town as the stage, this dynamic range of public, collaborative and often transgressive performative artworks will disrupt public spaces across the Mother City from 10 to 26 February 2017.
Continuing the ICA’s history as an initiator of innovative projects, LIVE ART 2017 establishes itself as a pioneer in the region, blurring the fields of fine art, dance, theatre, music and literature to form a unique platform for cutting-edge interdisciplinary art. With an emphasis on works by African artists and those from the diaspora, the Festival makes possible new and transformative interactions within diverse personal, political, public and architectural spaces.
This fascinating collection of visceral adventures, transports audiences into a creative world of theatre often unknown in South African borders, navigating the public to the corners of their comfort zones. LIVE ART 2017 offers audiences an immersive experience to connect with relevant issues confronting society on a journey of the imagination that embraces the outer-limits of society.
ICA Director and Associate Professor at the University of Cape Town, Jay Pather, comments on the significance of the Festival: “LIVE ART 2017 represents the intersection of visual and performing arts and culture with some of the enduring personal and political themes of our time and provides an arena for these elements to clash, marry, and influence each other. Our efforts to engage audiences and expand their expectations of the possibilities of live theatre and art, brings to life some of the most esoteric and experimental work by key African artists.
The captivating images and experiences generated by revolutionary artists who partner with the ICA and LIVE ART are the fabric of what we know as the fringe of the creative industries, offering audiences the chance to plunge into the limits of their imagination.
The 2017 programme features screenings, performances, artworks and interactive installations by over thirty contemporary artists including: Standard Bank Young Artist Award-winners Donna Kukama and Anthea Moys; Zimbabwean-born, New York-based celebrated choreographer and performer Nora Chipaumire, Nigerian multimedia artist, Jelili Atiku; acclaimed choreographer and performer, Mamela Nyamza; British-Ghanaian visual artist, Larry Achiampong; Mozambican choreographer, Panaibra Gabriel Canda; pioneering and internationally-renowned South African performance artist, Steven Cohen and many more.
LIVE ART 2017 is supported by the Mellon Foundation, the University of Cape Town, Iziko Museums of South Africa, Pro Helvetia, the British Council Connect ZA and the Goethe-Institut Lagos.
Media are invited to experience all performances. A full detailed programme with venues and times to be released.
Interviews with LIVE ART artists and ICA are available.
LIVE ART 2017 FAST FACTS
- LIVE ART 2017 Launch: Thursday 2 February as part of First Thursdays, Cape Town
- Official Programme: Friday 10 February to Sunday 26 February 2017
WHERE: Public spaces across the City of Cape Town
ENTRANCE FEE: All performances are FREE of charge.
The Institute for Creative Arts (ICA) is an interdisciplinary institute in the University of Cape Town's Humanities Faculty – formerly the Gordon Institute for Performing and Creative Arts (GIPCA). The ICA facilitates research projects in the creative and performing arts that disrupt boundaries, while underscoring creative education and practice across discipline and faculty. Interdisciplinary, Live Art and Public Spheres are key themes of the Institute, and projects are imbued with innovation, collaboration and a dialogue with urbanism and community.