GIPCA hosts ‘the names we give’ weekend

The Gordon Institute for Performing and Creative Arts (GIPCA) will be presenting ‘the names we give’ from 13 to 15 May.

From the Press Release: “This is a weekend long event of performances, jazz, film, public interventions and a groupthink called ‘Delicious Sensations’. Facilitated by Donald Gordon Creative Arts Award Winner, Raél Jero Salley, the event runs at the UCT’s Hiddingh Campus. According to Salley, everyday life happens through primary activities like social life, politics and history, but basic to each is the giving (and taking) of names. “This fact presents a need to address past legacies and present questions at once for the sake of new futures,” said Salley. “The names we give to concepts, things and people put them in a specific headspace,” said Jay Pather, GIPCA Director. “This in turn influences our interactions with them, and sows the seeds for selective sometimes myopic, viewing. The weekend event will be a large, malleable space for creative conversations about these ‘names we give’ in an interactive, informal, social environment,” he added. Speakers have been drawn from a range of different institutions and contexts: Thembiknosi Goniwe and Zen Marie (Wits University), Ruth Simbao and Nomusa Makhubu (Rhodes University), Leora Farber (University of Johannesburg), Crain Soudien, Carolyn Hamilton and Imraan Coovadia (University of Cape Town), Kathryn Smith (Stellenbosch University), Lerato Bereng (curator at Brodie Stevenson Gallery in Johannesburg), Creative Cape Town’s Zayd Minty, Ntone Edjabe (founding editor of Chimurenga Magazine) and writer, Alex Dodd. Performances include readings of evocative and provocative texts such as Paper Flowers and Dutchman, under the direction of Sara Machett, Amy Jephta and Fleur du Cap Award Winners, Mwenya Kabwe and Lara Bye. On Saturday evening a party features the music of Ntone Edjabe and Sannie Fox as well as performance installations by Liza Grobler, Sanjin Muftic, and Ikapa Dance Theatre’s Theo Ndidwa. Premiering their work, Fractography, will be Donald Gordon Creative Arts Award winners, Jamila Rodriquez, Steven van Wyk and Kristina Johnstone. Music is strong on the programme with Mike Rossi and a jazz quartet on the opening night, and a Charles Mingus concert to close on Sunday evening. Film screenings curated by Lesedi Mogoatlhe willl bring fresh perspectives in compelling image and sound. Food in the form of an opening breyani and a Sunday brunch is all part and parcel of the aim of this event to develop these creative, provocative conversations in an atmosphere of warmth and social interaction. The full programme will be available on www.gipca.uct.ac.za by the end of April. The registration fee for attending all three days is R60, or R30 for a single day. Student registration fees are R40 for the entire event, or R20 per day. Bookings need to be made by e-mailing >, payment can be made at the door. For more information contact the GIPCA office on 021 480 7156 or “