THE 2013 RAND LECTURE
Twenty Five Years of Magnet’s Theatrical Labors in a Changing South Africa
Dr. Megan Lewis
UMass Dept of Theater
South African performance scholar, Prof. Megan Lewis of the UMass Theater Department, will discuss how Cape Town-based Magnet Theatre’s work over the past three decades has been committed to creating experiences that "shift bodies, assumptions, feelings, beliefs and understandings." Movement—physical, psychic, cultural, intellectual and political—is at the core of all their work. Operating across the transition out of apartheid and into the new democracy, Magnet has continued to make socially-relevant work, guided by archival and movement-based research, that moves its audiences through imaginative, uniquely stylized performance events. Prof Lewis will be joined by Magnet’s Co-Artistic Directors, Mark Fleishman and Jennie Reznek, and resident performer, Faniswa Yisa, for the Rand Lecture. A reception will follow the lecture in the Fine Arts Center Atrium.