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RUDI MALCOLM – ARTIST at WORK

Rudi Malcolm, one of Cape Town’s young and up coming actors has been working hard at building his career .

This 23 year old actor is by far one of the most multidimensional actors I have yet seen. Soon after graduating at the University of Cape Town in 2010 , completing his training in BA theatre and performance, Acting , he started working as a professional in the industry. His dedication to his craft has made this young actor an asset to any production. He was first seen in Adam Small’s Kanna, Hy Kô Hystoe playing the role of Toefie in February of 2008. Under the direction of Sandra Temmingh, he quickly learned the ins and outs of the stage.

Later that same year, Temmingh cast him as Romeo in a raw, gripping Afrikaans adaptation of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Rudi filled the dynamic role with subtlety and detail. In March of 2009, award winning director Christopher Weare offered this young actor the opportunity of playing the money-minded MacTrev in the first ever staging of Pieter-Dirk Uys’ MacBeki, a farce which drew parallels between former president Thabo Mbeki and Shakespeare’s Macbeth. In December of that year, the success of this production led to it being invited to be performed at the annual International Theatre Festival of Kerela in India, where the play was revered as one of the best at the festival. Starting 2010, Rudi landed a role in PG Du Plessis’ Siener In Die Suburbs, again being directed by Sandra Temmingh. He had the challenge of playing the controversial Jakes. Danie Botha, a writer for the Fleur Du Cap Theatre Awards goes to describe, “Rudi staan sy man as Jakes, speel dit tot ‘n groot hoogte…”

Two months later, Christopher Weare put Rudi in the shoes of Melchior, the leading male in Frank Wedekind’s Spring Awakening, a story of young teenagers discovering their sexuality. Megan Choritz of Megan’s Head said, “Melchior was my favourite. He gave a really tempered, interesting and natural performance, and elicited true sympathy from me.” In June/July of 2010, with a collaborative effort from cast of three, took a devised production, System DOP, to the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown. There the play was received with great intrigue and praise. It went on to win two awards, an Ovation Award and the Silver Award. Starting 2011, Rudi played in Die Vreemdeling, which opened Magnet Theatre’s new space in Observatory. The show had an extremely successful run and toured to Woordfees in Stellenbosch, KKNK in Oudshoorn and to the St. Anne’s Cultural Festival in Pietermaritzburg. In May, he landed a role in 20th Century Fox’s Chronicle, a Hollywood blockbuster set for release in February 2012.

Rudi is represented by Samantha Benhardi Artist Management.

http://www.samanthabernhardi.com/actors/160-Rudi-Malcolm

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Review: Danscape 2011

It prevailed.

As one would expect dance theatre to break the fourth wall using various theatre techniques to do so.

Danscape opened with the curtain down and all in sight was a red couch and an anxious full house in the Arena Theatre.

“Attention all teachers, please report to the staff room,” is what got me sitting up ready for the action. Then a bellow of laughter and applause as Mbovu Molinga, third year Jazzart Trainee opened the evening. The entire show was built around the notion of it being a parent teacher meeting, with audience members being addressed as friends, parents and members of the governing body. With a twist like that one could only expect an evening of entertainment.

And it was.

Young Dancers are a force to be reckoned with, (and I mean this in the most positive way).

Danscape at the Artscape in the Arena theatre, also the host of City numerous Cape Town City ballet productions was yet again a cosy venue for a dance event. Jazzart Dance Theatre in collaboration with Kwamashu School of Dance theatre, La Rosa Spanish Dance Theatre & Wilvan School of Dance, Cape Academy of Performing Arts, Cafda Youth Dance Company, Sibonelo Dance Project, Relay Productions, Dance for all, iKapa Outreach Project and Vadhini Indian Arts Academy blew audience members away with a rich display of culture and expression through dance.

The show consisted of ten pieces that enveloped all the senses into an astronomical world of expression, feeling and meaning through dance. The body speaks. A true display of the talent and potential in our youth. I did not feel robbed or cheated that most of the dancers were between twelve and sixteen years old at all.

Two pieces stood out the most.

The first piece Wrong Station by Sibonelo Dance Project Choreographed by Mzokuthula Gasa was simply out of this world. A space age theme, beautiful lighting, and a simple yet elegant set and costume design is what got them a massive round of applause and bravo’s. The piece opened with a cocoon like structure placed upstage right and then it hatched. The dances emerged from this cocoon as alien like creatures. The dancers were dedicated and at all times and showed impeccable timing. May I remind you that all the dancers were between the ages of 10 and 16? The youngest of them all being ten years old. Choreographer Mzokuthula Gasa explored the space age concept beautifully with erratic movement and fragmented phrases in dance

The second piece that stood out for me was Couch by Jazzart Dance Theatre. A red couch and five dancers owning the space as if it required no effort at all. A grand jete’ by Elvis Sibeko left me gasping in awe and then a sudden burst of applause filled the Arena. This piece stood out purely because technique, dedication and passion were thrown at the audience members every second of the piece. Choreographer Ziyanda Mancam can be congratulated for her sophisticated expression of dance technique and use of space and architecture. She used the red couch well as a centre piece draped in flowing movement.

Whether you know anything about jete’s, attitiitudes and grand jete’s, you are bound to walk away with a fuzzy feeling in your heart. A beautiful expression of what the youth are capable of. A true celebration of dance. Bring the children along. They’ll love this one.

Danscape 2011 July 7-10 2011 at the Arena Theatre , Artscape http://www.whatsonincapetown.com/post/artscape-theatre-centre-2/

Boniswa

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