New Collaborative Works
The flagship of Infecting The City is the New Collaborative Works project, which culminates in two new performance pieces made by teams of collaborating artists from a variety of creative backgrounds. This project is our primary tool for developing new public art forms for our evolving urban society. (For an insight into how the Collaborations worked in 2009, click here to watch the New Collaborative Works videos).
Artistic collaboration is a stimulating and challenging process. It involves sharing skills, views and conceptual approaches to create multi-faceted works of art. Through collaboration the participating artists are enriched, creative relationships are formed, and vital new performance art can then flower in our City.
Infecting the City 2010 Collaboration project
From a pool of submissions made by artists throughout the world, seven artists were selected to participate in an eight-week creative residency. For three weeks during November 2009 the artists attended an intensive course on the Festival theme HUMAN RITE, during which they explored the meaning and role of ritual in our society. They also investigated the hidden stories, social dynamics and sites of trauma within our City. The course was designed and coordinated by Zimbabwean arts educator Heeten Bhagat and local drama therapist Paula Kingwill.
At the end of their second week together, the artists were divided into two teams. Thereafter they spent another week developing concepts in response to a creative brief. The artists then returned to Cape Town in mid-January to spend a month making their performance pieces. The New Collaborative Works are titled Meet Market and Quiet Emergency.
These seven artists have brought wonderful creative gifts to Cape Town. We thank the sponsors that have so generously funded their participation: Theatre Institute of the Netherlands (SA-NL INTERACTIONS project) and The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, the British Council, the Consulate of Greece in Cape Town, the Victorian Government through Arts Victoria, Pro Helvetia, and Art Moves Africa (AMA).