The 6th Infecting The City Public Arts Festival 12-16 March 2013, Cape Town Like facebook for updates Image Map

>Celia's Story

Celia's Story
Tues 6th 8.00pm| Wed 7th 9am-5pm| Wed 8th 9am-5pm| Thurs 9th 9am-5pm| Fri 10th 9am-5pm

Mandele rhodes place gallery


A debilitating illness pitches the critical personal responsibility to sustain health of mind, body and spirit against the fallibility of medical experts.

Celia’s Story is the cinematic debut of artist and 2011 Donald Gordon Creative Arts Fellow, Ruth Levin-Vorster. The film tells the story of Celia’s long journey through chronic illness. Entwined in the film, lies the provocation of taking responsibility for one’s own health and the reality that doctors, while experts, are fallible. 

Exploring collaborative possibilities between Western and Eastern medicine in creating health, Levin-Vorster probes the lack of communication between these two sciences under the first law of medicine, “Do No Harm”. Combining expressive gesture with the language of film, Celia’s Story is a visually arresting art film accompanied by an evocative sound score that creates a journey into a complex emotional landscape, to create a haunting and hopeful work of visual poetry.

Presented by: The Gordon Institute for Performing and Creative Arts

Artist's Profile
Ruth Levin-Vorster
An inter-disciplinary theatre director, choreographer, writer, teacher and film-maker, Ruth was awarded a GIPCA fellowship in 2011. She has an MA in Theatre & Performance from UCT. Her career began in London where she worked at the Royal Shakespeare Company, Royal National Theatre and Gate Theatre and was mentored by the renowned director Peter Brook and the poet Adrian Mitchell. She returned to her home in Cape Town in 2002. The common thread through all these disciplines is working with the body as her starting point and the route into the psyche of character, performer, dancer or story. Ruth was part of the Infecting The City 2008 collaboration Waking Time.

Public Arts Festival

6th - 10th March 2012

presented by The Africa Centre

Public art has always been part of who we are on this continent and in this country. The interconnectedness of the African “us” has often been impeded however, throwing people apart and far away from each other, creating a physical and psychic separation. Infecting the City is a small attempt at igniting this interconnectedness through artistic expression, making public space public.

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