​Pro Helvetia Anniversary Programme 2018

'Neutrality as an Agent' by Denise Bertschi will take place from September 5 - 28 at the CNR Pop up Space, corner Reserve Street and De Korte Street. (Photo: Renata Larroyd)

'Neutrality as an Agent' by Denise Bertschi will take place from September 5 - 28 at the CNR Pop up Space, corner Reserve Street and De Korte Street. (Photo: Renata Larroyd)

Theatrum Botanicum

With the consideration of plants as witnesses and players in history and as agents, Uriel Orlow explores flora as an agent that has linked nature and humans, rural and cosmopolitan medicine along with tradition and modernity.

Johannesburg details: From September 4 - November 3 the exhibition will be showcased at POOL, 23 Voorhout Street, New Doornfontein. The lecture performance Grey, Green, Gold is from September 7 - October 21 at Market Photo Workshop, Gallery 1989, 57 Margaret Mcingana Street, Newtown

Cape Town details: On September 11 the exhibition will be showcased at the University of Cape Town’s Hiddingh Campus on Orange Street as a part of the ICA Live Arts Festival. The performance lecture is on September 12 at Iziko South African National Museum.

Durban details: Imbizo Ka Mafavuke and other Plant Stories will be showcased from September 14 - October 28 at the Durban City Hall. A walk about with Uriel Orlow and Russell Hlongwane, followed by a panel discussion will take place on September 15.

Neutrality as an Agent

Using video installation and photography, Denise Bertschi explores the narrative of Swiss neutrality by taking a look at the history of the relationship between Switzerland and South Africa during apartheid.

Johannesburg details: The exhibition will take place from September 5 - 28 at the CNR Pop up Space, corner Reserve Street and De Korte Street.

Point of Engagement: Artists on Africa

This event will use podcasts, video installations, and photography to take a look at defining and redefining what constitutes African knowledge, narratives and experiences.

Johannesburg details: The exhibition will take place from September 5 - 30 at the CNR project space, corner Reserve Street and de Korte Street.

Fak’ugezi African Digital Innovation Festival

This year the festival’s theme explores the role that vernacular and tradition play in digital culture and practices through the digital arts.  Resident artists include Nkhensani Mkhari (Johannesburg), Joshua Chiundiza (Harare), Yara Mekawei (Cairo), Abhiyan Humane (New Delhi), Anoop Saxena (New Delhi), and Mathilde Buenerd (Geneva). In addition to this, the festival will include a project focused on language diversity in online media by Swiss artist, Marc Lee.

Johannesburg details: The residency will take place at The Point of Order, corner Bertha and Stiemens Roads, Braamfontein from September 4 - 9.

Museum of Lungs

A writer tells her own story of living with undiagnosed tuberculosis years before receiving treatment. The production questions the fickle nature of our bodies and structures in South Africa along with the violence of the country’s healthcare and political climate. Using musical documentary, stage performance, and puppetry Museum of Lungs addresses the bravery of being alive and human, today. 

Johannesburg details: September 6 - 9 at The Market Theatre. Tickets range from R90 - 150 per person and can be purchased from www.webtickets.co.za

Cape Town details: September 14 - 16 at the Little Theatre during the ICA Live Arts Festival at the University of Cape Town’s Hiddingh Campus on Orange Street. All ICA performance have free entry. However, access is limited so reserving tickets at [email protected] is essential

Storytelling in the Language of Flowers

In response to the current political and ecological crises,  this multi-genre project brings public performance, installation and storytelling together. With a focus on flora in Cape Town, the piece showcases the beauty of plants to further explore the complex relationship human beings have with their environment with regards to history and belonging.

Cape Town details: September 12 at the Company’s Garden. The public performance will take place on the same day at the Adderley Street Flower Market, 13 Adderley St, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town, 8000.

Jazz @ The Orbit

The performance at The Orbit is a result of residencies for jazz musicians in South Africa and Switzerland. Featuring Benedikt Reising, Thandi Ntuli, Shane Cooper, and Marlon Witbooi, this performance brings together collaborative agreement, divergence and exploration.

Johannesburg details: September 19 at The Orbit & Bistro, 81 De Korte Street, Braamfontein at 8pm. 

*Please note that all events on the programme have a free entry with the exception of the Museum of Lungs production at the Market Theatre

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