The Weekend Guide

Iman Isaacs stars in 'Modjaji in Absentia'. Supplied

Iman Isaacs stars in 'Modjaji in Absentia'. Supplied

Modjadji in Absentia: The queen of the Balobedu people of Limpopo is referred to as Modjadji. Whoever sits on the Balobedu throne is believed to have the supernatural ability to control clouds and rainfall. Directed by Carla Fonseca this stage play is set in a season of drought when the nation is in need of replenishment and justice through water.
The metaphor looks to tackle what it means to live in a time of societal lack as is seen in South Africa today. Details: The stage play is being showcased until July 28 at The Market Theatre, 56 Margaret Mcingana Street (previously Wolhuter). Tickets cost R120 to R130 and can be purchased from Webtickets. For more information visit the Market Theatre’s website.

Height, Weight and Age: In collaboration with Emil Lars, Stephen Hobbs takes an interactive approach to tell a story. He fuses medicine, architecture, and war to unpack lived horrors and dramas emanating from Johannesburg. Details: The installation will be showcased until July 28 at POP Art Centre, 286 Fox Street, Johannesburg, 2094. Tickets cost R120 to R140. For more information or to purchase tickets visit Pop Art Centre’s website.

Faces and Phases: Founded in 2006 in response to the lack of black queer visibility, Professor/ Sir Zanele Muholi has grown Faces and Phases into a living and growing archive of photographic portraits of more than 500 lesbian, gender-nonconforming folk and transmen in various expressions of their identity. Details: The exhibition will be showcased until August 30 at Stevenson Gallery, 46 7th Avenue, Parktown North. Entry is free. For more information visit Stevenson’s website.

Wall Flowers: Inspired by her experiences, the Norweigan artist Oda Tungodden explores stories overlooked, forgotten histories and possible futures in to unpack identity and belonging while living in a globalised society. Details: The exhibition will take place until August 2 at 99 Loop Gallery, 99 Loop Street, Cape Town. Entry is free. For more information visit 99 Loop’s website.

Utopia has been cancelled: In his first solo exhibition, Alexander Knox uses oil on canvas to depict a dystopian future. While his scenes are inspired by photographs taken in the Western Cape, the depiction goes beyond South Africa, leaving the viewer to wonder who the subjects are and what fate has resulted in their current state. Details: The exhibition takes place until August 15 at the Association for Visual Arts, 35 Church Street, Cape Town City Centre. Entry is free. For more information visit the Association for Visual Arts’ website.

The Durban Dance Movement Festival: To showcase and celebrate the diverse culture of KwaZulu-Natal, this festival presents choreographic performances from genres such as Pantsula, Bollywood, African contemporary, ballet, hip hop and many others. Details: The festival takes place on July 26 to 27 at The Playhouse Company, 231 Anton Lembede Street, Durban Central. Tickets cost R120 and can be purchased from Webtickets. For more information visit The Playhouse Company’s website.

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