Goethe-Institut South Africa: Programme February & March 2017

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FEB– MAR 2017 programme


What & Where


Raymond Dakoua: A Place To Call

17/03/2017 Their Own


23/02/2017 Lecture by DR. André

Thomashausen: South African

and German Constitutional Law


27/02/2017 Film Screening: Der Turm / Part I


02/03/2017+ Dance Umbrella: 03/03/2017 In The Heart Of The Country

Wits AMPITHEATRE, Braamfontein

02/03/2017+ Dance Umbrella: 03/03/2017 Down To Earth

The Nunnery, Braamfontein

20/03/2017 Martina Schwarz:

Reise durch die Welt


27/03/2017 Film Screening: Der Turm / Part II


Admission to all events is free of charge, unless otherwise stated

Goethe-Institut Project Space (GPS) presents six projects from six South African PROVINCES! Succeeding on our Johannesburg based experimental project space GoetheOnMain, which closed its doors at the end of 2016, we are excited to introduce our new initiative Goethe-Institut Project Space (GPS). GPS carries forward GoetheOnMain’s idea of a multi-disciplinary space for artistic experimentation, while widening the scope on work realised all over South Africa. An independent jury of arts professionals, made up of Doung Anwar Jahangeer, Yvette Hardie, Molemo Moiloa and Sello Pesa, selected the following GPS projects for 2017:

Nothing makes sense by Thulani Chauke, in partnership with Forgotten Angle Theatre Collaborative and the Ebhudlweni Arts Centre. eNtokozweni, Mpumalanga

Coast: Scenes of the Trail of Dr Wouter Basson by

Maggie Davey, with Constitution Hill. Johannesburg, Gauteng

Arts Ability Residency by Themba Mbuli and the

Unmute Dance Company, with the Steve Biko

Foundation. King Williams Town, Eastern Cape

Zulu Identity as Represented by South African Film by

The Newcastle Creative Network, presented by Nkule

Mabaso, with Newcastle Township Arts Festival and

Supported by the Newcastle Municipality. Newcastle, KZN

Night Light by Danyiella Rodin, with the Theatre Arts

Admin Collective. Cape Town, Western Cape

The ‘Big Hole’ Counter Narrative by Carina Truyts, with

the Sol Plaatje University School of Humanities.

Kimberley, North West

The Goethe-Institut would like to congratulate the selected projects and looks forward to working with each of them to see their works realised as part of the GPS programme in 2017! The next open call for proposals will launch on 15 June 2017, with deadline set for 5 August 2017. Subscribe to our newsletter to stay tuned!



A happy afternoon among friends at Modeste beach, close to Abidjan, 2015. © Raymond Dakoua

Homosexuality has long been a taboo in many societies. Of the ten countries that still punish this ‘forbidden love’ with a death sentence, four are on the African continent. As Belgian-Ivorian photographer Raymond Dakoua points out: “Nevertheless, LGBT-people try to live their lives as freely and happily as they can.” In this new body of work, Dakoua explores LGBT realities in two countries that have recently decriminalised homosexuality, or do not legislate it: Mozambique and Ivory Coast. “As a straight photographer I felt drawn into this subject, as the number of LGBT-political refugees in Belgium is fast growing. These people had no choice but to leave their countries of origin, so I wanted to explore the realities they left behind. The result is a journey into mostly unknown territory.”


Lecture by DR. André Thomashausen: Communalities and Distinctions of South African and German Constitutional Law

23/02/2017, 19H00 Goethe-Institut Johannesburg, AUDITORIUM

Lecture: „Reasonableness” or “Proportionality” of fundamental rights limitations – Communalities and Distinctions of South African and German Constitutional Law. About the speaker: Prof. em. of International and Comparative Law (Unisa), Dr. André Thomashausen, has actively contributed to constitution making in Namibia, Mozambique, Angola, Central African Republic, and Portugal. In the 1980s he co-authored, with Professor Ian Brownlie, the Treaty for the Lesotho Highlands Water Project, Africa’s largest water transfer scheme. This lecture is presented by Johannesburg’s Society of German Language. The lecture will be in German language.



27/02/2017, 19H00 (Part I) & 27/03/2017, 19H00 (Part II) GOETHE-INSTITUT, 119 JAN SMUTS AVENUE, PARKWOOD 2193 A family saga set during the final years of the GDR. Surgeon Richard Hoffmann may have come to an opportunistic arrangement with the system a long time ago, but his way of life enables state security officials to blackmail him. Richard’s son Christian manages to pass his final secondary school exams despite a number of conflicts and goes through a tough and eventful time after joining the National People’s Army.

Photo: DAPD

His uncle Meno is an editor and struggles, at times only half-heartedly, against the parameters set by state censorship. The fall of the Wall in November 1989 seems to be felt as a salvation by the protagonists. The adaptation of Uwe Tellkamp’s novel of the same name does away with the epic scope of the written original, but was considered one of the best things to come out of German TV in 2012. English Subtitles. Please RSVP to bso@johannesburg.goethe.org by 24 February 2017.


Dance Umbrella Festival: In The Heart Of The Country

02.+03./03/2017, 19H00 By Fana Tshabalala (RSA). Curated by Constanza Macras (Germany) Wits Ampitheatre, on Wits Campus, 24 Station Street, Braamfontein Performed by Fana Tshabalala and curated by Constanza Macras, “In the Heart of the Country” is a physical exploration inspired by the “impossible dialogue” between blacks and whites, in JM Coetzee’s literature and Njabulo Ndebele’s book, Rediscovery of the Ordinary. This work was created in residency and is a co-production between Constanza Macras |DorkyPark and Forgotten Angle Theatre Collaborative @ Ebhudwleni Arts Centre Mpumalanga South Africa and Studio 44 Berlin Germany. Funded by the TURN Fund of the German Federal Cultural Foundation and the Goethe-Institut South Africa. For tickets (R80), call 011-4922933 or visit www.danceforumsouthafrica.co.za.


Dance Umbrella Festival: Down To Earth

02.+03./03/2017, 21H00 By Kieron Jina and Marc Philipp Gabriel The Nunnery, on Wits Campus, 24 Station Street, Braamfontein Down to Earth is a dance duet on dealing with constructed identities that are shaped by more and more complex constellations than merely

Photo by Jessica Ruthven

geographical origin and social upbringing. Through the juxtaposition of dance, music and cultural artifacts, alien identities are constructed and deconstructed on stage, using the body as a projection canvas. Do we have the choice of breaking out of these identities? Down to Earth is a co-production with Tanzfabrik Berlin (Germany) and University of Johannesburg Arts and Culture (Johannesburg), supported by the International Co-Production Fund of the Goethe-Institut (Germany) and Goethe-Institut (Johannesburg). For tickets (R80), call 011-4922933 or visit www.danceforumsouthafrica.co.za.


Martina Schwarz: Reise durch die Welt


Martina Schwarz at Portsmouth Festival Š Bryan James

Martina Schwarz and her accordion will take you on a journey around the world, visiting the musical traditions of many countries, including foot tapping tunes and soulful melodies from the Balkan, Gypsy and Sephardic traditions. There will be Klezmer music, passionate Tangos, French Chansons, Irish jigs and laments as well as occasional sorties to a more German repertoire. There might even be a chance to sing along if you so desire. Martina Schwarz is based in London and enjoys a constant and varied stream of engagements as a singing accordionist, solo or in different musical formations and as a music creator in theatre, film, dance, community, educational and health settings as well as choir leader and accordion teacher. She has won the National Accordion Composers Competition twice. In collaboration with the Goethe-Institut she has released songbooks and CDs for children. Primary school teachers are using her resources all over the globe. Martina is currently touring her German language learning song programme worldwide.

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For more African women scientists, technicians and environmentalists!

A major contributor to the gender digital divide is inequitable access to education for girls - and this gap has increased in developing countries since 2013. With the “I Am Science” project, we are introducing a video-sharing app that offers step by step instructions for doing fun, safe and easy science activities at home, and the chance to be rewarded with data and airtime for your efforts! Aimed at early high school girls in disadvantaged urban areas, the project aims to promote curiosity in science and critical thinking among future generations.

© Goethe-Institut / Miora Rajaonary

“I Am Science” is realised within the initiative “Digital Access To Knowledge”. The project has kicked off in South Africa and aims to launch in three other African countries by March 2018. Digital Access to Knowledge is a project by the Goethe-Institut South Africa with financial support of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), implemented by the Goethe-Institut and supported by GIZ.


OTHER THINGS WE DO Virtual Reality showcase and Panel Discussion

New Dimensions – Virtual Reality from Accra, Dakar and Nairobi

10 – 15 February Berlinale Africa Hub, European Film MarKET at Berlin International Film Festival Virtual Reality (VR) is a technology that operates in between film, visual arts, gaming and other disciplines. While it has mostly been shaped in western industrial countries so far, Cape Town based non-profit organisation Electric South and the Goethe-Institut aim to provide funding support and mentorship to African storytellers and artists in the development and production of their own VR ideas, and introducing African and international audiences to African-produced VR. Electric South and the Goethe-Institut present „New Dimensions – Virtual Reality Africa“, a selection of VR productions from Kenya, Senegal and Ghana. Each of these works offers a view of the vibrant, diverse and everchanging cultural landscape of contemporary Africa. An exclusive preview of works in progress will be on show at the 2017 “Berlinale Africa Hub” at the 67th Berlin International Film Festival (Berlinale). Included is the VR work “Spirit Robot” by Ghanaian science fiction author and founder of the Afrocyberpunk website Jonathan Dotse who explored the Chale Wote Street Art Festival in Accra. The festival is driving an art renaissance in the city’s public spaces. Kenyan photographer Ng’endo Mukii produced a poetic city symphony on Nairobi in the VR piece “Nairobi Berries”, consisting of her lyrical voice-over alongside surreal, layered images of the city. Her synopsis reads “In the empty spaces we cannot claim as our own, in forests full of smoke and beneath still waters, two women and a man wrangle. Each must hollow out the other’s core for fruits promised but only ever borne in dreams. For this is Nairobi, the city we call home.” Senegalese fashion designer Selly Raby Kane presents a magical 360 piece, in which a little girl is chosen to discover the invisible Dakar. Kenyan “The Nest Collective” created an interactive work set in the distant future, when a group of Africans leave the Earth to create a new colony. “New Dimensions” is supported by Electric South and the Goethe-Institut, in cooperation with Big World Cinema, Blue Ice Docs and the Bertha Foundation.

© Goethe-Institut Johannesburg / Lerato Maduna and Bhekikhaya Mabaso


Book Dash 2017

© Barbara Scholz

Imagine creating an illustrative children’s book within twelve hours. That is what the selected authors and illustrators from Sub-Sahara Africa are doing at the Goethe-Institut in February 2017. After a two-day workshop with German children’s book author Kirsten Boie and illustrator Barbara Scholz, the already selected participants will create a finished product within a day. The target market is children of Africa. The books will be written under a creative commons license, meaning the books can be printed and distributed freely so that more children are exposed to more books. To find out more, visit www.bookdash.org.


Concert & workshop tour for primary schools that offer German as a foreign language in South Africa In March, accordion player, as well as singer and songwriter, Martina Schwarz, will be visiting primary schools in Namibia and South Africa which offer German as a foreign language. Her interactive concerts

consist of songs which make language-learning fun. She uses vocabulary and topics which are part of the curriculum, such as the “weekday song”. Children enjoy the singing and acting out, while memorizing the words in a playful way. In addition, Martina will facilitate workshops with primary school teachers on the topic of music in foreign language learning.

© Jiří Příborský

Front cover detail: © Goethe-Institut Johannesburg / Lerato Maduna and Bhekikhaya Mabaso Design: www.prinsdesign.co.za

Kirsten Boie - Photo by Indra Ohlemutz

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