The Weekend Guide
Bodies in Alliance //Politics of the Street by Marinella Senatore:
In 2012 five members of the Russian protest punk group Pussy Riot demonstrated against Russian President Vladimir Putin’s re-election. In 2018 they dressed like police officers and invaded the Fifa World Cup finals in Moscow.
In response to the censorship of artists in Russia, Italian artist, Marinella Senatore presents a body of work featuring drawings, paintings, photographs and sculptures that tell the story of the Pussy Riot collective.
Details: The exhibition runs until March 23 at SMAC Gallery, 145 Sir Lowry Road, Woodstock, Cape Town. For more information visit their website.
Kfm and Huawei bring a selection of artists such as Mi Casa, Goodluck, Lady Zamar, Youngsta CPT, The Kiffness, DJ Kent, Jamali and Chad Saaiman into the winelands for a fun day in the sun. Details: The festival takes place on March 2 at the Meerendal Wine Estate, Vissershok Road, Durbanville. Tickets cost R40 and can be purchased from Computicket. For more information visit their website.
Working from the Inside by Belinda Blignaut:
This conceptual and experimental artist uses her performance and sculpting work to comment on the social and political uncertainty of South Africa. Details: The exhibition takes place until April 26 at the SMAC Art Gallery, Church Street, Stellenbosch. For more information visit their website.
Dance Umbrella Africa launch:
Under the theme Figure-ring — The State of the Dance in Africa, the Dance Umbrella festival will investigate an array of dance genres from isipantsula to classical, contemporary, dance theatre and performance art. Talks will be facilitated by the likes of Eddie Ndou, Lulu Mlangeni, Julia Burnham and Sonia Radebe. Details: The launch takes place on March 3 at the State Theatre, 320 Pretorius Street, Pretoria. Tickets cost R100 and are available from Webtickets. For more information visit their website.
Using song and poetry, this play based on a book by Busisiwe Mahlangu, looks at the idea of confronting the past to heal from it. Note that there is an under-13 age limit. Details: The show takes place on March 1 and March 2 at the State Theatre. Tickets cost R30 and are available from Webtickets. For more information visit their website.
Ubuhle Bekhiwane Ziimpethu by Ayanda Mabulu:
This exhibition of new paintings and sculptures looks at resisting the fetishised realm of blackness. Details: The exhibition runs until March 2 at the Kalashnikovv Gallery, 70 Juta Street, Johannesburg. For more information visit their website.
Desmond and the Tutus:
One of South Africa’s indie rock bands, Desmond and the Tutus bring their fans a night of live music. Details: The show will take place on March 1 at Rumours Rock City, corner of Weltevreden Road and Valley Avenue, Randburg. Tickets cots R80 and can be purchased from Quicket.
Written by Xolisa Ngubelanga and directed by Simphiwe Kaya, this performance replays incidents when an oppressed people have used fire as a weapon in the struggle. Details: The performance runs until March 3 at the POP Art Centre, 286 Fox Street, Johannesburg. Tickets cost R100 to R120. To book tickets or for more information visit their website.
Design Indaba 2019:
This annual conference is a platform for career insights and cutting-edge work in the design industry. Details: The event takes place until March 1 at various venues in Cape Town with simulcasts in Johannesburg and Durban. Tickets cost R1 620 to R8 715 and are available from Webtickets. For more information visit their website.
In collaboration with Galleria Massimo Minini, SMAC Gallery presents the work of painters Kate Gottgens, Paul P, Albert Samson and Simon Stone. Details: The exhibition runs until March 23 at SMAC Gallery, 145 Sir Lowry Road, Woodstock, Cape Town. For more information visit smacgallery.com
RapidLion — The South African International Film Festival:
This festival brings the works of African filmmakers, those from the diaspora and Brics countries to one place. Patrons can expect films of varying genres and lengths. This year the festival also features a series of masterclasses by German-American executive producer Jan Harlan. Details: The festival takes place from March 1 to 10 at the Market Theatre, 56 Margaret Mcingana Street, Newtown, Johannesburg. Tickets range from R155 to R1 750 and are available from Webtickets. For more information visit their website.