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Master of her Art

Here at Conspiracy HQ, we don’t often push an academic agenda as we believe that our work is best encountered and talked about live. This, however, is special. And we are trumpeting it up cos Liez unfortunately couldn’t attend her graduation as she was onstage in Joburg for our acclaimed Market Theatre season of “Crazy in Love”.

So…most of you know that our co-artistic directors have been studying again: Rob doing his PhD, and Liez her MA.

Last year saw the culmination of the MA programme. Part One of that was the creation of the dark and delicious “Piet se Optelgoed”, which looks a little like this:

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Piet premiered at National Arts Festival in 2014, where it blew people’s minds and went on to scoop this:

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(That’s a Standard Bank Silver Ovation Award for Physical Theatre. Yeah – it’s pretty cool.)

“Piet” was immediately invited to the Cape Town Fringe in 2014, where it again cooked people’s minds and had critics and the public scurrying for their thesauruses and possibly a stiff drink after experiencing it (one theatre critic was heard to exclaim to another: “Sjoe. I’m glad *I* don’t have to review that”…and that, friends, is a compliment). “Piet” was also immediately invited to the 2015 Amsterdam Fringe Festival.

In 2015, “Piet” has just returned from playing at the SANAA Festival at Zoo Lake, Joburg. The show returns to the NAF before travelling back to Joburg to perform at the fabulous POP Art Theatre, the Lady Grey Arts Festival, and then travels to Amsterdam and beyond. But we’re getting ahead of ourselves here.

“Piet” was Part One. Part Two (for the MA) was writing the sucker up, reflecting on the awesome journey (from Grahamstown to Paris, Cape Town, and beyond). In late 2014, this happened:

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Thesis: “Piet se Optelgoed: The Female Grotesque as a Provocation for Embodying the Abject”. Submitted.

Drumroll, please.

In 2015, *this* is the result:

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And this:

Result 2015

Which, on zoom, looks like this:

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Needless to say, The Conspiracy is impossibly proud of Liez, chuffed to the max, and beaming like a mad thing. So much love, respect, and huge congratulations!

Incidentally, both artistic directors now have at least an MA with distinction from Rhodes…yeah, we’re just sayin’…

 

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Crazy in Love Visuals

As the dust settles post National Arts Festival, here are some visuals we’ve found online for our latest show, Crazy in Love. The first is an interview with Liezl and Andrew post-performance…

 

And the second, some thoughts from Liez about the presence of Afrikaans at the NAF, usually considered a mostly English festival (and featuring more clips from the show)…

 

We are busy working on a full debrief for the festival, and will share it all here…once we survive the schools’ festival!


Responses to Kardiāvale

Rob Murray and Liezl de Kock in Kardiavale (pic by David Batzofin) Finally collated all media responses to Kardiāvale at the recent National Arts Festival.  Just in time for our upcoming shows at Out the Box! 5th and 6th September, ladies and gentlemen, 5th and 6th September. Check the event here.

“…tight, sharp and funny…original and quirky…While the show is broke-down-carni-playing-a-broken-piano-in-a-yard-behind-a-dilapidated-bar-strewn-with-empty-bottles over-the-top bawdy burlesque, the story it tells is delicate. As delicate as an exposed heart.” Steve Kretzmann, ArtsBlog

“…an endearing combination of pathos and comedy, which guides its audience steadily from an initially uproarious burlesque theme to a more sinister place…heart-rending emotion through the centre of this well-crafted narrative, which deals poignantly with the themes of vulnerability and power.” Anton Krueger, CUE

“…it whizzes along at a pace and the hour that it takes is gone in a flash. The music [played live], the back up track and the lot are perfectly synchronized. Want to see it again. 09/10” – Simon Cooper, Artsblog

And, during the National Schools’ Festival, a number of learners attended an arts’ journalist workshop and as a project reviewed shows…links to a number of Kardiāvale reviews from here: http://schoolfest2011.wordpress.com/reviews-kardiavale/

Bookings should go live at Computicket today.