After School Dance Programme

Outreach Foundation is pleased to announce that we have offered alumni, Bigboy Ndlovu, a residency in our beautiful dance studio. As part of his residency he will conduct dance classes as part of the after-school programme and will conduct dance sessions at the Tswelopele Frail Care Centre in Hillbrow.

Bigboy first worked with the late Denny Dube and the 1st production he co-created and performed in was Under the Tree which performed at the EADS Festival and had performances at the Hillbrow Theatre. Since 2010 he has been a committed, focused and passionate participant. He remains loyal to the Outreach Foundation returning to volunteer on various productions. He also performed in We are Who We Are, which travelled to a children’s festival in Iran in 2013. Sadly, Bigboy was unable to go due to missing birth certificate papers. His continued participation in the project after this huge disappointment is testament to his commitment, resilience and dedication.

Bigboy proved his skills and commitment in many productions while participating in the Project. Highlights include working with Jean Paul Delore, French Theatre director who created a production, A Very Strong Present (2013), Sean Hart, French videographer and graffiti artist (2013), Lindiwe Matshkiza’s The Donkey Child (Bigboy was one of the puppeteers on the production who had the opportunity to travel to the National Arts Festival to meet the War Horse – 2014) and Dutch artists, Christiaan Bloem and Annemiek Funneman who created a children’s production, Maarten Mus, and performed at the National Arts Festival (Bigboy performed in the work as translator – 2014).

In 2014 he then performed in Nkosi uMzilikazi ka Mashobane, directed by Outreach Foundation facilitators, Gcebile Dlamini and Linda Mhkwanazi. In that same year he facilitated the Whitestone College (the school he studied drama group creating a dance focussed work,” Locked Down” for the Inner-City High Schools Drama Festival. The production was inspired by a dance work created and performed by Fana Tshabalala, which Bigboy saw at the NAF the previous year. He also performed in the work and was nominated for a Best Actor award.
In 2015, his matric year, he was not part of the programme and needed to focus on his studies. He was encouraged to apply to Moving into Dance training programme which he did and was accepted.

Gcebile Dlamini has invited Bigboy to work on three productions, My Silence is Talkative, Sounds Like You and Me and Twala. As stated above Bigboy generously volunteered to co-collaborate on these powerful productions. In 2017, Bigboy was invited to audition for a dance production, Hillbrowfication, choreographed by Constanza Macras and Lisi Esteras. This work, performed by participants, alumni and professional dancers (Dorky Park dancers), was first staged at the Hillbrow Theatre as part of the 30th anniversary of Dance Umbrella. It has since travelled to Germany, Italy and Spain. In 2018 he also took part in an Outreach Foundation collaboration at the My Body My Space Festival in Mpumalanga.

A most deserving candidate for a residency!

Youth “leadership development” Camp 2020

“Youth learn how to make good decisions by making decisions, not by following directions”
– Alfie Kahn
Outreach Foundation Youth “leadership development” Camp 2020

Marimba

More marimba! The Outreach Foundation high school marimba programme is off to a good start! Centurion College preparing for their school open day!
Themba Moyo creating magic!

Our Gardens

New crop… Fresh beginnings…
A wonderful way to start the year! Our roof top food garden now in partnership with Urban Agricultural Initiative.
A huge thank you to Belinda Ratyana and her team for so generously helping out today. Belinda farms at the National School of the Arts…her partner, Robert Mutero tunes and fixes their pianos and now ours! Wonderful neighbours!
Thanks too to Virginia, Mike, Tim, Rudo and Owen.
And a very big thank you to Halaliswe Msimango for organising it all!

Outreach working hard

Outreach Foundation is working hard to complete an order for 11 handmade, beaded lampshades before it closes for the holiday season. 

Training Courses

Speech and Drama College visit

Thank you to the Speech and Drama College of South Africa for witnessing our work today! For reports, certificates and feedback!
A wonderful beginning to a new partnership for 2020.

Promoting our work for 2020!

On Wednesday, one of our star participants, Bongiwe Masuku, approached me to ask if the marimba band could play at her awards ceremony at IH Harris in Doornfontein. After visiting the school and negotiating with Mrs Masuku (No relative), we performed at the assembly this morning to much cheer!
Thank you to Quinton Mamabolo for your beautiful work this year and to all the participants for their dedication and passion.

In My Mother’s Womb Performance

A beautiful iteration of In My Mother’s Womb, directed and created by Gcebile Dlamini in collaboration with the cast, performed at the State Theatre last night. An engaged and passionate post-performance conversation reminded us to connect and understand to those who we may “other”.

Thank you to The State Theatre for inviting us to present our work. A big shout out to Thabiso Qwabe for witnessing our work at the National Arts Festival and then following up with an invitation.
A joint marketing strategy paid off! Thank you to the Optima students from National Council of the Blind, learners from the Bethesda Special School, Ga-Rankuwa, elders from Nomsa Day Care Centre, Ga-Rankuwa, International Judo Association and friends and family for your tremendous support.
A huge thank you to our alumni – Bigboy Hadebe, Thobeka Malinga and Bontle Ndlovu for your generosity and contribution to the success of this wonderful production.
Thank you to Rand Merchant Bank, Ford Foundation and Bread for the World for your generous support of our programmes.

Outreach Foundation Creative Ageing/Inter-generational Programme
The performing arts programme of the Outreach Foundation has, over the years, rooted its work thematically, addressing current and relevant social issues that impact our participants and their communities. The programme is committed to using the arts as a tool for positive social change engaging ethical and best practise methodologies.
We are based in in the heart of one of the most diverse and most densely populated areas in Africa – Johannesburg’s suburb of Hillbrow, South Africa. For the last four years, we have collaborated with Tswelopele Frail Care Centre (Hillbrow), and last year invited Johannesburg Society for the Blind to create devised theatre works with our school-going participants. Themes of belonging and home, identity and music, cultural belief systems and generational curses have inspired the sharing of stories.
• For me it was extraordinary because working with grandmothers and grandfathers they give you knowledge that you have never seen before. You have never ever imagined from what they saw in apartheid and now that has… listening to their personal stories has been quite comforting.
Cast member – young@home 2017
Many of our participants live in single-family households who have migrated to Johannesburg for mostly economic reasons. The elders have been separated from their family and from their homes to be taken care of in a communal space. There is a disconnection experienced by the youth and elders in relation to family and home. The inter-generational project creates an alternative family. It is also a space to learn from other’s experiences and perceptions of the world we inhabit. It is about inter-generational knowledge sharing.
• I think our country has forgotten our elderly. I think this work did an incredible work in showing on how youth feel how elderly are and how energetic they are. I felt such an energy from the elderly and also such a sense of stillness and peace. I was really wonderful, thank you very much.

• Something that really touched me and I took the time is to look at every single one of the youth. And how in their eyes there is so much potential and I was just thinking that they are writing stories now that when they will be performing as elderly that they are gonna tell. And also thinking to myself that these beautiful mamas and tatas having so many beautiful stories this isn’t even their last story. They still have so many stories to experience. And this is one of them. And I was so moved by the youth

Audience comments from young@home 2017
Gcebile Dlamini, one of the theatre facilitators, has led this project since its inception. She is currently studying towards her Masters in Applied Theatre with a focus on inter-generational and creative ageing processes.

Coding Workshop

End of Year Celebration

Join us on the 30th November as we celebrate 2019!

End of Year Celebration – on the 30th November the Outreach Foundation music and theatre programmes join forces to present all works created and presented this year. The day begins at 10am with all our piano and percussion students performing short extracts from their repertoire. Quinton and Themba are collaborating to create a musical theatre work with all the marimba and choir groups. The theatre programme will then present Uncommon Feelings (Barnato Park), an extract from Hillbrowfication (Dorky Park), In My Mother’s Womb (After-school production), Sounds Like You and Me (After-School Production) and New Age Sensation (St Enda’s). An assessor from the Speech and Drama College will examine our theatre works and each participant will receive a report and certificate from the College.
Next year we partner with the Speech and Drama College to introduce their curriculum and engaging with published text for the first time. This promises to be an exciting addition to our yearly programme.

Thank you to Rand Merchant Bank, Bread for the World, Ford Foundation, Department of Arts and Culture, City of Johannesburg, Assitej South Africa, Dorky Park, Drama for Life, GALA, Vuyani Dance, Tsweloele Frail Care Centre, Johannesburg Society for the Blind and all our friends for an inspiring year!

Farewell to Cyrildene Primary Seniors

The Outreach Foundation Primary Marimba band will be playing at Cyrildene Primary’s grade 7 farewell on 8th November 2019. Together with the IHD Dance academy, they will entertain the children as grade 7’s enjoy their last hours with their primary school and say their farewells to one another. We are proud to be part of their farewell

Young Artist Award

Congratulations to Jefferson Tshabalala for the well deserved Standard Bank Young Artist Award. Thank you for all your beautiful sharings in our space!
https://youtu.be/oeMvDVQUp0k

Hillbrow Going Global

If you happen to be in Berlin or Bologna in December be sure not to miss the Outreach Foundation Theatre performing our hit play “Hillbrowfication”.

Thank you to Goethe-Institutand and TURN Fonds of the Kulturstiftung des Bundes for their support in making this possible.

In My Mother’s Womb

We are super excited to be presenting the acclaimed, In My Mother’s Womb, at the State Theatre in Pretoria on the 25th November 2019.

In My Mother’s Womb offers an intimate look into what it is like to live with blindness. Drawing from personal stories of the inter-generational cast of youngsters and the elderly, Dlamini challenges the audience to suspend the privilege of sight and use other senses to experience how the blind perceive the world. To awaken one’s spirituality, Dlamini says we all need to crawl back to our mother’s womb and acknowledge our complex existence. She experiments with the womb as the metaphor of darkness and asks the following questions: does one live with generational curses? Does the spirit world exist? Can hope keep one alive? Can tragedy turn into a blessing? Dlamini says “we learn the true meaning of dreams and hope through the blind. They can touch what we cannot. After every rehearsal of this work I ask myself, what kind of world could we inhabit if we all took the time to understand the world’s forgotten senses.” Through the exploration of blindness, this play is an example of the endless possibilities of how one can express oneself differently in the absence of sight.
The performing arts programme of the Outreach Foundation has, over the years, rooted its work thematically, addressing current and relevant social issues that impact our participants and their communities. The programme is committed to using the arts as a tool for positive social change engaging ethical and best practise methodologies.
For the last four years, we have collaborated with Tswelopele Frail Care Centre (Hillbrow), and last year invited Johannesburg Society for the Blind to create devised theatre works with our school-going participants. Themes of belonging and home, identity and music, cultural belief systems and generational curses have inspired the sharing of stories.
• For me it was extraordinary because working with grandmothers and grandfathers they give you knowledge that you have never seen before. You have never ever imagined from what they saw in apartheid and now that has… listening to their personal stories has been quite comforting.
Cast member – young@home 2017
The inter-generational project creates an alternative family. It is also a space to learn from other’s experiences and perceptions of the world we inhabit. It is about inter-generational knowledge sharing.
• I think our country has forgotten our elderly. I think this work did an incredible work in showing on how youth feel how elderly are and how energetic they are. I felt such an energy from the elderly and also such a sense of stillness and peace. I was really wonderful, thank you very much.

• Something that really touched me and I took the time is to look at every single one of the youth. And how in their eyes there is so much potential and I was just thinking that they are writing stories now that when they will be performing as elderly that they are gonna tell. And also thinking to myself that these beautiful mamas and tatas having so many beautiful stories this isn’t even their last story. They still have so many stories to experience. And this is one of them. And I was so moved by the youth

Audience comments from young@home 2017
Gcebile Dlamini, one of the theatre facilitators, has led this project since its inception. She is currently studying towards her Masters in Applied Theatre with a focus on inter-generational and creative ageing processes
Thank you to Rand Merchant Bank, Bread for the World, Ford Foundation for their generous support of our work.

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