Wits Theatre in partnership with Tribe of Doris, British Council Connect ZA and Drama for Life Research Hub Young Artists in Residence present ONE.
ONE. Vela Souls' first ever stage show.
It's been a beautiful and bold journey, creating this piece together. ONE has grown, and speaks back to us. It's as though we are in an intimate, trusting relationship with the show itself, and we continue to revel in gratitude for all that is being shown.
It's as though the universe continues to whisper, "G'waan, Vela Souls!"
We are working hard, to bring magick to the stages. See below, photos of our rehearsal process and costume fittings.
To see more about the show check out #ONEukza
ONE tells the tale of a man’s life journey that leads to his personal reckoning. Bennie, a storyteller – calls upon the energy of The Woman In the Wind, who represents the mother of all creativity to inspire him in his quest to write and tell stories. ONE is an intricately woven, layered piece, its context complex, its meanings nuanced and subtle. The production addresses a number of topics close to the hearts of Yana Seidl (choreographer and director) and partner Nyaniso Dzedze (co-creator and lead performer). Exploring themes of mirror-theory, the inner landscapes of humans and the capacity for introspection through fiction, ONE offers a space for a curious connection to “the meaning of it all.” Rich in metaphor, ONE uses dance, performance and film to create a multi-textured and nuanced rendition of one man’s life.
Starring Nyaniso Dzedze in the role of Bennie, he is accompanied by a talented group of dancers and directed by Yana Seidl. About the piece, Yana Seidl says the work “promises to reach deep into the souls of our audience, and stir the emotions therein.”
About the Artists
ONE is a performance, co-created by Yana Seidl and Nyaniso Dzedze of Vela Souls. Together they embrace a holistic approach to creativity and endeavor to call people into their truest expression of self, challenging established notions of self-love and the expression of human emotion.
Yana Seidl, (British–German), is a choreographer, writer, filmmaker and has spent significant time in South Africa over the last three years, prior to which she travelled the world extensively absorbing various dance cultures and working for professional dancers as a film-maker and photographer. Dedicated to a vision of seamless fusion between live dance and film projection, she is excited to create work which brings life through an amalgamation of her favoured creative forms. ONE debuts her work as a director / choreographer.
Nyaniso Dzedze (South African) is best known for his roles as Muzi in Hear Me Move and Tsietsi Namane in ETV’s Ashes to Ashes. He is an international movement and acting specialist with a depth of understanding and articulation in both areas. As an actor he investigates characters deeply and has crafted an ability to embody and breathe life into thought-provoking journeys.
Combining their strengths, Yana and Nyaniso are excited to offer Vela Souls’ first stage production.
Drama for Life South African Season
The Drama for Life SA Season is one of Drama for Life’s major festival moments during the year. The Season asks young professional artists to take ownership of their agency and begin the unenviable task of true societal transformation through theatre and art making.
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PRODUCTION: ONE; directed by Yana Seidl
VENUE: Wits Amphitheatre, Braamfontein East Campus,
SEASON: Thursday 20 April – Saturday 22 April 2017
20 April @ 19:00; 22 April @ 14:00 & 19:00.
Friday 21 April @ 13h15 = WitsTix
RUNNING TIME: 60 minutes no interval.
Full price R 70.00
Discount for students and pensioners R 60.00
WitsTix R 15.00
Full price R 75.00
Discount for students and pensioners R 65.00
WitsTix R 15.00