Less Good Idea Premiers Online

In efforts to keep the arts and culture alive during the national lock down due to CoVid-19, The Centre for the Less Good Idea is proud to announce a new selection of collaborative and interdisciplinary work for its 7th Season, scheduled to premiere online between 1 and 8 April 2020 on Facebook and Instagram TV.

“This Season sees a return to text as the basis of an exploration. This is not to privilege text but to find innovative ways to per(form) it, untangle, respond, grapple and interrogate its performative elements whether it be its sound, its silence, its emotion, its movement or its immobility,” explains curator Phala Ookeditse Phala.

“With text as the basis, this Season takes us into the performance mode of ‘staging as a response’. In this Season the world of the story occupies our imagination through costume, illusion, and staging.”

Below are some of the selective work that will premiered online:


A performance poem that plays with the notion

of presence and absence in writing while also casting a sideways glance at the enduring effects of rainbow nation-ism in contemporary South Africa.

Written & Performed by | Koleka Putuma

Performance Assistance by | Asanda Hanabe & Elma Motloenya

Costume Design by | Koleka Putuma & Helena Uambembe


Physicality and expressive movement come together in a performance that presents the potential of the body in motion as a vehicle for narrative.

Performed by | Alfred Motlhapi, Elma Motloenya & Kaldi Makutike

Directed by | Phala Ookeditse Phala Costume Design by | Unathi Mkonto


A performance that shifts the focus onto the lives of the women of Marikana, and the physical and emotional labour they contributed before and after the events of 16 August 2012.

Directed by | Faniswa Yisa

Performed by | Asanda Hanabe, Buhle Mazibuko, Molebogeng Phiri, Sibahle Mangena, Zandi Hlatshwayo, Elma Motloenya & Anathi Conjwa

Costume Design by | SO Academy Mentees

The season features performing artists and animateurs like Koleka Putuma, Faniswa Yisa, Vusi Mdoyi, Nhlanhla Mahlangu, Micca Manganye and Volley Nchabeleng to name a few.

- Full program of events to be streamed online is available here: https://lessgoodidea.com