Listen With Your Eyes – a festival of the visual at the Market Theatre

Posted: June 6, 2010 in Festivals, Listen With Your Eyes: a festival of the visual, QUACK!, Womb Tide

Listen Eyes buttons cropped 60 This has to be one of the biggest projects that we have ever done, here at FTH:K. A Festival of our work with workshops, exhibitions and discussions to boot!

From the 29th August – 26th September 2010, FTH:K will  FTHK presents cropped inverted 60team up with The Market Theatre to produce a unique festival of Visual Theatre, called Listen With Your Eyes: a festival of the visual. A first of its kind, the Festival will present Market theatre logo 60an artistic programme of outstanding non-verbal performance (that’s QUACK! by day, Womb Tide by night) with an accompanying education programme of workshops, lecture-demonstrations and exhibitions.  Most important, though, is the fact that this Festival is going to be accessible to the Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and hearing communities within JHB and its surrounds.

Presented in collaboration with the Joburg Arts Alive Festival, as part of the 2010 Deaf Awareness Week celebrations, and with project partners like Sci-bono, Gauteng School’s Festival, The Citizen, The Distell Foundation, and DTV, the Listen With Your Eyes festival will include daily performances of two professional performances (the multi-award-nominated Deaf/hearing performance QUACK!, and a new FTH:K-Lara Foot collaboration Womb Tide), as well as host workshops and lecture-demonstrations with Deaf and hearing participants from the ages of 15 and up.  Interactive exhibitions on the eye and how it reads information will be hosted at Sci-Bono, while Deaf visual artist, Tommy Motswai, will be presenting an exhibition of his work in the Market Theatre Gallery.  And Darren Rajbal (Deaf winner of South Africa’s Got Talent) will be opening the Festival.

Cool, huh??

And why the festival?  Well, as you know, part of FTH:K’s mission is to expose the Deaf to the potential career opportunities within the performing arts and to facilitate their integration into the world of live performance through training, skills transfer and job creation. Being the only company of its kind in the country, FTH:K has a responsibility to reach out to Deaf communities outside of the Western Cape. As such, Market Theatre Artistic Director, Malcolm Purkey, and FTH:K Company Director, Tanya Surtees, developed this Festival to address the need for a raised profile in theatre work that creates opportunities for people with disabilities without compromising artistic quality. The Market Theatre is arguably the country’s most important theatre while FTH:K is recognised both nationally and internationally for creating Deaf/hearing work that competes on contemporary stages. This marriage of visions sees the Market Theatre making its programming more accessible to diverse communities with FTH:K developing the profile of integrated theatre in the country’s capital. Ultimately, both The Market Theatre and FTH:K would like to see this Festival as an annual event, and with the proceeds of the Festival, The Market is considering installing a Loop System to make its future programming more accessible to hearing impaired communities.

Festival Schedule:

· 23rd – 28th August: Technical set-up and rehearsals

· 29th August @ 3:00 pm: Preview 1 (Womb Tide)

· 31st August @ 10:30 am Preview 2 (QUACK!)

· 31st August @ 8:15 pm Preview 3 (Womb Tide)


· 2nd – 26th September: Daily performances, workshops, exhibitions & lecture-demonstrations (no workshop on the 2nd)

Daily Schedule

3 – 17 September:

08H15 – 10H00 10H00 – 10H30 10H30 – 12H00 12H00 – 13H30

2 – 26 September:

15H30 – 17H00 17H00 – 17H30 17H30 – 19H00 20H15 – 21H30

Sound interesting?! Damn straight it is!!  And remember, we can only accommodate 100 people per show and workshop – and bookings have already started rolling in – so don’t leave your bookings to the last minute.

  • BOOK NOW for Womb Tide
  • For reduced scholar tickets, call 011 – 832 1641 and ask for Anthony or Tiny

See you there!!

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