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Saturday, November 9, 2013


Calling all aspiring actors and dancers! Local theatre professionals launch B A D Summer School.

If you’ve been looking into the art of contemporary acting and dance and engaging with this practice at a professional level, then the Beginners Acting and Dance Summer School course is for you.

Designed especially for those between the ages of 16 to 50 seeking professional and practical hands-on training, the course is an extensive two-week programme which runs from November 29 to December 13, 2013. Those keen on performance as a hobby or recreational route are also urged to sign up.

Potential students can expect to learn the foundations of acting and dance, developing their abilities within acting for theatre, as well as contemporary dance movement. The extensive course is equally divided into acting and dance coursework that will allow students insight and practical engagement with performance technique. The Dance unit will be focused on exploring the body in relation to physical technique and expression through movement. The Acting unit will deal with stage performance, and film technique and general presentation skills that will equip candidates in improving confidence, team skills, vocal qualities, and public speaking.

The course structure allows all potential students to work in a professional collaborative environment which will incorporate individual and group mentorship. During the course, all candidates will work towards a final showcase performance and graduation ceremony and will receive a certificate of completion.

The B A D Summer School will be conducted by qualified and experienced theatre professionals Stallone Santino, Sasha Roopen and Breeh Cele.

Stallone Santino holds a BA in Drama and Performance Studies from the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) and has just concluded his Honours programme. He is the Director of Prompt Side Productions and some of his work includes Dream Boy, The Crucible, How Soon is Now, Rituale Romanum: The Strange Case of Anneliese all of which were staged at The National Arts Festival, Grahamstown, The Catalina Theatre, Bat Centre, Wits Theatre, and Hexagon Theatre. Other credentials include 2012 and 2013 nominee of the Arts and Culture Trust ImpACT Young Artist Award in the category of Theatre. In 2011, Stallone worked in conjunction with the Performing Arts Network of South Africa (PANSA) as regional assistant. Recent works include performances at the International tourism Indaba opening ceremony and A Thousand Cranes, directed by veteran director, Peter Mitchell. Stallone is currently mentoring 1st year drama students as well as a student that is soon to be enrolled at The New York Film Academy.

Sasha Roopen, soon to graduate with Honours in Drama and Performance Studies at UKZN, is an upcoming film-maker and theatre director. Her recent directorial works include Stop at Green, Go at Red and One Lonely Light which premiered at The Hexagon Theatre and staged at the 2013 National Arts Festival in Grahamstown. Sasha played the lead role in The Hexagon’s production of A Thousand Cranes. She currently works at UKZN as a drama tutor and theatre technician. Earlier this year, she also performed at the opening of the Tourism Indaba.

Breeh Cele, holds a Bachelor of Social Sciences from UKZN with majors in Drama and Film. She is a professional dancer, actress, upcoming film-maker and theatre director and works as a theatre technician at The Hexagon Theatre. She has performed alongside Somizi Mhlongo, Malaika, and Zakes Bantwini. Her directorial works include The Bald Prima Donna recently staged at The Hexagon Theatre. A contemporary and hip-hop dancer and choreographer, she performed at the 2013 The National Arts Festival in One Lonely Light. Her choreography was used at the launch of the Winston Churchill Theatre 2013 and she starred in A Thousand Cranes directed by Peter Mitchell in April this year.

The two-week summer school will be held at The Hexagon Theatre on Golf Road, Pietermaritzburg, every day at from 17h00 to 20h00 and is priced at R2,000.

Registration is now open! Space is limited and registration closes on November 27, 2013. Applications available by email upon request. All candidates are required to submit proof of payment attached to registration forms.

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