A dance tour by Compagnie 7273 is the highlight of Pro Helvetia’s programme in the second quarter of 2010. The tour, which showcases two contemporary dance pieces, also will appeal to audiences of all ages. 7273 will facilitate two workshops – one of which, ‘Family Dance’, seeks to reconnect parents and children. There also are music treats by the Mozambican-Swiss outift Watsamba M’Diou, which will tour the Southern African region. Both acts will make appearances at the Harare International Festival of the Arts (26 April – 1 May).
Dance and romanceThe Swiss dance duo Laurence Yadi and Nicolas Cantillon, who make up Cie 7273, bring two contemporary pieces to Southern Africa in April 2011. ‘Romance-S’ is a contemporary love story and pas de deux of elegant simplicity, while ‘Listen & Watch’ is an endless and intense pursuit of the spiritual and physical limits in dance. 7273 can be seen in Joburg, Oudtshoorn, Cape Town, Maputo and Harare between 4 and 29 April. More informationA feast of Watsamba M’DiouMatchume Zango, Rolando Lamussene and Rene Deselmand are core members of Mozambican-Swiss band Watsamba M’Diou, a name that means “good food” in the Chopi vernacular. Their sound, dubbed ‘African Crossover’, is a combination of Mozambican storytelling, funk, hip-hop, and Caribbean elements. Their tour of Southern Africa (26 April — 2 May) will take them to Maputo, Harare, Joburg and Cape Town. Live in concert
No More Ice CreamThis is the title of Vanessa Safavi’s first exhibition in South Africa, and the conclusion to her three month residency in Cape Town. The installation, an eclectic ensemble of individual works and objects, is a continuation of Safavi’s interest in fusing the contradictions of references from opposing cultures and fields (in this case life and death, industry and nature, affluence and poverty) without declaring the victory of one over the other. It closes on 9 April. www.blankprojects.comHeritage and photography in MakwetengWith support from Pro Helvetia through its SDC mandate, the Market Photo Workshop in Johannesburg is running the Makweteng project. Over the next seven months, the project will engage communities around Tlokwe, the area formerly known as Potchefstroom in the North West, in a history, heritage and photography project that will culminate in a number of public programmes as well as a publication. The project is currently in the workshop phase. More informationTo BaselAt the iaab, the international exchange and studio programme in Basel, from April to June 2011 is Mohau Modisakeng. Though primarily a sculptor, Cape Town-based Mohau also works in video, photography and performance. His work has been featured at Michael Stevenson in Cape town and at KZNSA in Durban. He is working towards the completion of his Masters degree at the Michaelis School of Fine Art at UCT.Aerschmann heads northFresh from his participation in the Infecting the City festival in Cape Town, where his installation ‘Urban Diamonds’ was exhibited, video artist Peter Aerschmann travels to Johannesburg for the second part of his residency. He will be hosted by the Visual Arts Network of South Africa until May. www.aerschmann.chJoëlle Flumet works from blank slateGeneva-based visual artist Joëlle Flumet is at blank projects in Cape Town for the first part of her South African residency, which runs until July 2011. Her work, mostly taking the form of computer drawings, sculptures and installations, comments on the utopian ideas of our time. More informationTabla exchangeThrough support from Pro Helvetia Cape Town, two tabla players – one Swiss and one South African – are taking their craft to South Africa and Switzerland, respectively. Swiss-based Udai Mazumdar continues his collaborative work with guitartist Derek Gripper in April, while Ronan Skillen will foster new and existing collaborations during his residency in Basel (until May 2011).