NMMU Dept of Arts to stage its first production 'Umjuxuzo Alive'

JUNE 21, 2016

The NMMU Department of Arts & Culture supported by the Port Elizabeth Opera House will be staging its first student production.

'Umjuxuzo Alive' is a dance production directed and choreographed by Nicki-Ann Rayepen, scripted by Aarti Narotam while set and lighting design will be handled by Senior Manager of Arts & Culture, Michael Barry. The show will feature NMMU students Kuda Majonga, Siyabonga Spelman, Andile Nabo, Shareez Klaasen, Kelly Murphy, Kelly Adams, Rochelle Velkers, Courtney Mattheus.

Embracing the theme of “moving-forward”, this production depicts students embarking on their graduation, the celebrations and joy is not without fear for what the future holds. This Dance-Drama serves to explore some of the challenges students encounter while journeying towards their own inner truth.

Whilst playing with stereotypes, this work delves into how fears overcome us and at those times, dance as a medium provides the exact outlet needed. Explorative, contradictory and stark, join us as we embark on an exploration of the diversity through which our youth are expected to flourish.

“We are really very proud that our students are taking this dance production to the (National) Arts Festival. We feel that at NMMU we actually have talent, our students have shown this and it is a pre-cursor to the school of dance which the university is conceptualising as we speak. This will give us a very strong platform on which we are collaborating with the artists in the city.” – Dr Muthwa, Acting VC, NMMU.

The show will be staged at this year’s Grahamstown National Arts Festival Rehearsal Room, Monument Building on Sunday 3 July 2016 at 11h00 and Monday 4 July 2016 at 19h00. The show will then be staged at the Barn, PE Opera House as part of the dance season’s program. This will run from 13 – 16 July 2016 with a show each evening at 19h00 and on Saturday 16th July, a matinee show at 14h00. The show is 50 minutes in duration and tickets are R50 through Computicket.

For any further information, please contact Michele Du Preez 041-504 2508.