South Africa's Magnet Theatre visits campus for week-long residency
The Theater Department is hosting a week-long artistic residency by South Africa's Magnet Theatre from Jan. 27 to Feb. 3.
The company will stage four performances of its acclaimed show "Every Year, Every Day, I Am Walking" and also visit classes, give lectures and lead a workshop.
In conjunction with the residency, assistant professor of Theater Megan Lewis, a South African performance scholar, will give this year's Rand Lecture on Tuesday, Jan. 29 at 4 p.m. in the Rand Theater. She will speak on "Twenty Five Years of Magnet’s Theatrical Labors in a Changing South Africa." The talk will examine 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. Lewis will be joined by Magnet’s co-artistic directors, Mark Fleishman and Jennie Reznek, and resident performer Faniswa Yisa.
A reception will follow the lecture in the Fine Arts Center Atrium.