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Residency — Magnet Theatre

The UMass Department of Theater proudly presents
A week-long residency
With South Africa's
January 27 – February 3, 2013
including 4 performances of Every Year, Every Day, I Am Walking

Buy tickets to Every Year, Every Day, I Am Walking

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This residency would not be possible without generous funding and support from The College of Humanities and Fine Arts; Five College Multicultural Theatre Committee; Edinburgh After-Festival; UMass Arts Council; Amherst College English Department; Five College Lecture Fund; Interdisciplinary Studies Institute; Hampshire College Department of Theater; and UMass Departments of Theater, History, Afro-American Studies, Music and English. Thank you for your support!

Thanks also to the Hotel UMass and Conference Center for providing accommodations.


(please check back regularly as we update event details)
Sunday 1/27
Artists arrive

Monday 1/28
Artists in tech rehearsal with staff and students

Tuesday 1/29
9:30-10:45am — Artists visit Prof Lewis' TH397R Contemporary Rep: Africa course

4-6:30pm — Rand Lecture (Rand Theater, UMass): "Magnet'sTheatrical Labors in South Africa" By Prof Megan Lewis with artist panel Followed by public reception in Fine Arts Center Atrium

Wednesday 1/30
12:00pm — Lunch with MFA graduate students (TH729 Dramaturgy Workshop)
1:25-2:30 Neo Muyanga guest visit in Music 100 with Miriam Jenkins (Van Meter)

4pm — Lecture by Prof Fleishman "'Lapsing into Democracy': Un(der)speaking Theatre in the Transitional State" at Amherst College (Stirn Auditorium)


6-7pm — Prof Fleishman to open The Lively Arts lecture

8pm— Performance of "Every Year, Every Day, I Am Walking" (Rand Theater)
Post-show discussion (Moderator: Prof. Jenny Spencer, UMass Dept of English)

Thursday 1/31
4-5:15pm — Neo Muyanga guest visit in Music 150 with Sherry Buskey (Van Meter 115)
Post-show discussion (Moderator: Prof. Lewis)

8pm — Performance of "Every Year, Every Day, I Am Walking" (Rand Theater)

Friday 2/1
12-3pm — Social Justice & Devising Theatremaking Workshop Hosted at Hampshire College by Will MacAdams and Talya Kingston

8pm — Performance of "Every Year, Every Day, I Am Walking" (Rand Theater)

Saturday 2/2
8pm — Performance of "Every Year, Every Day, I Am Walking" (Rand Theater)
Post-show discussion (Moderator: Prof. Stephen Clingman)

Sunday 2/3
Artists depart  

About Magnet Theatre

For the past quarter century, Magnet has been "making space" in South Africa; making space for theatre, education, bodies in motion, and for cultural dialogue. Guided by a spirit of theatrical research, Magnet's mission is to be a moving force behind challenging, compelling theatrical and educational experiences that energize audiences by shifting bodies, assumptions, feelings, beliefs and understandings. They have created a vital body of movement-based, collaborative work that has addressed the seismic shifts in South African culture from the apartheid era, through the historic transition of power in 1994, and into the new democracy.

For more on Magnet, please visit magnettheatre.co.za.

About the artists

While not busy as one of Magnet's founding members and Artistic Directors, Mark Fleishman (director, lecturer, writer) is an Associate Professor and Head of the Drama Department at the University of Cape Town. He is an award-winning director and has directed all of Magnet Theatre's productions since THE SHOW'S NOT OVER 'TIL THE FAT LADY SINGS (1991). His research is concerned with theatre-making in theory and practice, including physical theatre, interactive dramaturgy, site-specific community-based performance, and technology and live performance. His work has been published in South African Theatre Journal, Contemporary Theatre Review, and in various edited volumes. For more about Mark, please visit http://www.drama.uct.ac.za/people/academic

Jennie Reznek (actress, teacher, director) is a graduate of UNIVERSITY OF CAPE TOWN Drama school and studied in Paris with Jacques Lecoq for two years. She is a director of Magnet Theatre and lecturer in movement at University of Cape Town. She has worked as an aerialist and clown in the circus; a movement director and choreographer; a puppeteer with Handspring Puppet Company and has performed in many productions of new South African plays. She is a founder member of Magnet Theatre and together with Mark Fleishman and Mandla Mbothwe is responsible for the creative life of the company. 

Faniswa Yisa (performer) is an acclaimed actress in South Africa who began her professional career with The Mothertongue Project-- a collective of women artists, facilitators and healing practitioners--by co-creating and performing in UNKULUNKULU THE SOVEREIGN ONE, BEADING MY SOUL, and INDAWO YAMAPHUPHA – THE SPACE OF DREAMS. In 2004, Ms Yisa became a Magnet resident performer, collaborating on EVERY YEAR, EVERY DAY I AM WALKING and the Magnet Theatre / Jazzart Dance Theatre's collaborations CARGO, INGCWABA LENDODA LISE CANKWE NDLELA - THE GRAVE OF THE MAN IS NEXT TO THE ROAD, and AUTOPSY.

Neo Muyanga (composer/musician) was born into a family of composers and the originators of the Mozambican Mbila - the forbearer of instruments like the marimba and the xylophone. He studied the Italian madrigal tradition with choral maestro, Piero Poclen, while at the United World College in Trieste, Italy. Neo, together with Masauko Chipembere, co-founded the acoustic duo, blk sonshine, touring extensively throughout Southern Africa, the east and west coasts of the United States and parts of Western Europe. Neo composes music for choir, contemporary dance, live theatre, cinema and television. He was also responsible for the music in Magnet Theatre / Jazzart's highly acclaimed RAIN IN A DEAD MAN'S FOOTPRINTS, VOICES MADE NIGHT and CARGO. For more about Mr Muyanga, please visit http://neomuyanga.wordpress.com/

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