Details for DETOURS FESTIVAL 2016



Directed by: Joni Barnard and Jane Crewe

Hosted by: Wits Theatre and Wits School of Art/ Division of Theatre Performance (TAP)

Where: Wits Downstairs Theatre

When: 26th, 27th May @ 19:30, 28th May @ 18:00, 29th May @ 15:00

Inspired by the unconventional, visceral and bold nature of their work, DETOURS has invited two emerging choreographer/performers, Kwanele Finch Thusi and two- time Ovation Award winner Nomcebisi Moyikwa,  to present work at the 2016 festival.  These two compelling artists challenge not only traditional understandings of choreography and form, but also engage with provocative and necessary themes and content.

When asked to reflect on his historical involvement with DETOURS and his work for 2016, Kwanele Finch Thusi stated, “I am honoured to be invited to perform once again at the DETOURS Festival.  I have been performing in the festival since its inception and this year I am performing my fifth and final work titled The Sound Of Men.  As a young choreographer, DETOURS has given me the opportunity to present work that is unconventional, thought- provoking and edgy.  The festival has also provided a space for alternative definitions for theatre and dance for many choreographers around the country.  After 5 years, I have managed to create my own voice and invest in my own dance language.  After 5 years, I am now responsible for my own company that teaches dance and theatre in KZN, Mpumalanga and Gauteng.  DETOURS inspired me to believe in my own worth, to invest in improving my craft and always imagine other possibilities for dance and theatre creation.”

Since completing his degree in Social Sciences at UKZN in 2013, Thusi has worked with a number of theatre makers and choreographers, and has performed at many festivals across South Africa. He has worked with the likes of, Mamela Nyamza, Smal Ndaba, Phyllis Klotz and PJ Sabbagha.  His most recent work, The Sound of Men, was created in residency with the Forgotten Angle Theatre Collaborative, and in partnership with Sibikwa Arts Centre. The content of this work focuses heavily on exploring gay male identity within South African contemporary culture. The Sound of Men unpacks and questions hegemonic masculinity and aims to shift how gay male choreographers are perceived within society.  This work was performed at the Dance Umbrella 2016 as well as at The Soweto Theatre, and will be presented on the DETOURS platform before travelling to KZN in May, Ghana and the City of Figueres in Spain later in the year.  This project will be part of the community development strategy for Kwanele Finch Thusi, a foundation for LGBTI creative arts education.

Nomcebisi Moyikwa graduated in 2012 with a BA (Hons) in Drama from Rhodes University where she is currently completing her Masters in Choreography and Applied Theatre.  She currently works for The First Physical Theatre Company as a performer/facilitator, and is also a founder of the community exchange programme The Gatherings/Intlangano.  Moyikwa has also performed and interned for The Forgotten Angle Theatre Collaborative in 2013.  Moyikwa received TWO Ovation Awards at the 2015 Grahamstown National Arts Festival for her productions Inqindi andWaltz.  This is her second time presenting work at the DETOURS festival.

Moyikwa will be presenting Here/Hear/Her at DETOURS 2016. This performance encounter is a commentary on how the experiences of the marginalized are archived.  “Her vital statistics: Born 1901, height 5’11”, weight 152 lbs., eyes brown, hair black. Very black. So black that only a steady careful rubbing with steel would remove it….. (Toni Morrison in Sula). Moyikwa says of this work, “South Africa from 2015 up until now has positioned itself as an Event; a site of radical politics capable of destroying old worlds and creating new ones. Theatre in this great Event embodies a more politically important architecture, one capable of explaining how worlds are radically altered.  This is why I am part of Detours this year.”

Catch The Sound of Men on DETOURS Programme 1: 26th and 27th May @ 19:30, and Here/Hear/Her on Programme 2: 28th May @18:00 and 29th May @ 15:00.


Ticket Prices:


Full price: R45 online | R50 @ door

Students and Pensioners: R30 online | R40 @ door

Block Booking of 10 or more: R30 per person online

WITSTIX: 27th,  29th May = R 10 online & R 15 @ the door

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