During Season 3 of the Center for the Less Good Idea (a space held by William Kentridge for exploration and experimentation), I was invited to join in collaborations by curator Lindiwe Matshikiza to offer possibilities (theatre/film/instillation) for her script titled 'Desert'. Here I explored the imagination in relationship to the script: how it is a very real part of our world and how it has the ability to transcend into different worlds of its own making. I worked with light and animation attempting to keep with a hand-made feeling that is tangible: fake magic. Here, I made use of overhead and slide projectors, shadow play and animations made from drawings or integrated with 'the real' to enhance the actors/audiences experience of the script.

The full collaborative team consisted of:

Lindiwe Matshikiza (playwrite/performance)

Mwenya Kabwe (director) 

Mncedisi Shabangu (performance) 

Mele Broomes (performance)

Meghan Judge (animations and shadow play)

Boitumelo Moroka (cinematography) 

Alexia Webster (visual landscape) 

Joáo Renato Orecchia Zúniga (sound)

Temandrota (sound/performance) 

Naty Kaly (sound/performance) 

Noluthando Lobese (installation/costumes) 

Mmakhotso Lamola (design/miniatures) 

Mandla Lamola (lighting) 

Cammie Behrens (stage management) 

All photographs by Alex and Zee photography 

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