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Archive: Issue No. 41, January 2001

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23.01.01 'Dogtroep' at the NSA Gallery
16.01.01 Kuben Pillay at the African Art Centre
09.01.01 'Story Board' at the NSA
09.01.01 'Jabulisa 2000' at the Tatham



Images of Dogtroep performers from 'Atom Tattoo' 2000, Amsterdam Passenger Terminal - the brand new liner terminal.
Before the performance, spectators could take a boat to the terminal and have dinner at a specially laid out restaurant.


'Dogtroep' at the NSA Gallery

An exhibition of documentary photographs and videos of the work of Dogtroep, Stichting Teater van de Verbeelding, Netherlands.

Dogtroep started 25 years ago as a raw street-theatre-event collective, presenting parades in grotesque costumes. Later becoming well known for big-scale performances at events such as The World Expo in Seville, the Winter Olympics and in the Royal Carre Theatre in Amsterdam, Dogtroep now travels, engaging and interacting with other artists from around the world.

In their performances Dogtroep hardly use words. Relying instead on the impact of music, inventive costuming, video and ingenious props, they create provocative and innovative theatrical events. An international group of artists from different disciplines, visual artists, musicians, actors and inventors, their trademark is to engage in location or site-specific theatre creating new forms of vital, integrated art.

Founded in 1975, Dogtroep have built up a profile of challenging theatre that works outside the confines of conventional theatrical expectation. Playing to increasingly large audiences, they have developed almost a cult following in Europe. Since 1999 a new artistic director and almost new artistic team has been in place, thus reinventing Dogtroep. The basic principles of Dogtroep, innovation, reinvention and provocation have remained, but the new artistic direction focuses on contemporary, urban issues embedded in the sites they choose to work on.

In 1994 Dogtroep worked for the first time in South Africa in Johannesburg during the Arts Alive Festival. The media information exhibition currently on show at the NSA is a taste of more to come for local audiences. Dogtroep has initiated a four-week laboratory in Durban during February and March, in association with the NSA Gallery amongst others, working and sharing ideas with eight Durban based artists, actors and musicians. This will culminate in a series of presentations/performances at the beginning of March.

Local artists participating are Masha DuToit, Zama Dunywa, Thando Mama, Brendon Bussy, Dean Henning, Welile Thembe, Thami Sikhosana and Jodi Georgiades.

Closing: February 03

For more information contact Storm Janse van Rensburg.

N S A Park Gallery and Multi-media room, 166 Bulwer Road, Glenwood, Durban, South Africa, 4001
Postal address: P.O. Box 37408, Overport, Durban, South Africa, 4067
Tel: (031) 202-2293

Kuben Pillay

Kuben Pillay
Oil on canvas

Kuben Pillay at the African Art Centre

Opening this week as the African Art Centre�s first show of the year is Kuben Pillay�s exhibition of paintings. Born in Durban (1969) Pillay graduated from the University of Durban-Westville (UDW) in 1994 with a BA(FA) and later completed his MA(FA) (Cum Laude) there in 1996. Painting in oils and acrylics on paper and cardboard, his subject matter is the KwaZulu Natal landscape. Deeply influenced by the landscape tradition of the Grahamstown School, mentored as he was by Isabel van der Watt at UDW, his work takes on a quasi-mystical feeling. Continuing in the Western Romantic tradition yet working closely with observations of the African landscape he says �The ultimate joy is found when I capture something of the spirit of that place, as I am passionately drawn to nature. What I want from landscape is something magical and spiritual. At the end of the day actions are more important than words. I constantly find myself at a crossroads; making a living, a career is an obstacle to the making of art. Life has no soul without art�.

The exhibition will be opened by Jannie van Heerden.

Opening: Wednesday January 17, 5.30 pm
Closing: February 10

For more information: Anthea Martin

African Art Centre, Tourist Junction Station Building, 160 Pine Street, Durban 4001
Tel: (031) 3097664
Gallery hours: Monday to Friday 8h30 - 17h00; Saturday 9h00 - 13h00

Alistair McLachlan

Alistair McLachlan
Shade of a Ghost, (detail)
16 colour photographs
each 20x15 cm

Siphiwe Zulu

Siphiwe Zulu
Inside My Zulu Hut
Gouache on paper

'Story Board' at the NSA

The NSA Gallery is launching its exhibition programme for 2001 with the group exhibition 'Story Board', an exhibition built around storytelling on paper. Visual narrative, long eschewed by modernism with its distrust of anything illusionistic or allusionistic, was never entirely rejected by artists working outside modernism�s narrow confines. Particularly strong in the South African tradition of township art or in black artists trained by the missionaries, such as Azaria Mbatha or John Muafangejo, narrative has remained important in a country which has needed to maintain a human dimension to its art production. Story telling engages both the reality of social context whilst providing a place for the world of the imagination. For this exhibition 'narrative' has been interpreted in the broadest sense of the word - veering from Illustration of myths and traditional legends to works that interrogate image/text positioning. 'Story Board' includes a selection of contemporary narrative works including, amongst others, works by Ingrid Winterbach, John Roome, Thembiso Sibisi, Gabisele Nkosi, Fran Saunders, Alistair McLachlan and artists of Sheet Magazine.

Opening: Tuesday January 16 at 6:00 pm
Closing: February 03

N S A Galleries, 166 Bulwer Road, Glenwood, Durban, South Africa, 4001
Postal address: P.O. Box 37408, Overport, Durban, South Africa, 4067
Tel: (031) 202-2293

Jason Boutelje

Jason Boutelje
Viruses, (detail)


'Jabulisa 2000' at the Tatham

'Jabulisa 2000', currently on at the Tatham Art Gallery, is a showcase for what is happening across the province, and has unearthed unknown artists as well as showing new work by established artists. Five regional selection points: Durban, Pietermaritzburg, Margate, Empangeni and Newcastle provided the base of the show which was further supplemented by works from both private and public collections. It covers a variety of disciplines such as painting, graphics, video work, sculpture, ceramics and has a particularly strong showing of fibre art. Sponsored by the Natal Arts Trust it should provide a useful overview of contemporary art production in KwaZulu-Natal.

Closing date: March 04

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Tatham Art Gallery, Cnr Longmarket St and Commercial Rd, Pietermaritzburg
Tel: (033) 342 1801
Gallery hours: Tuesday - Sunday 10 am to 6 pm