An opportunity to train with Sabine Theunissen at William Kentridge’s interdisciplinary incubator.


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The Centre for the Less Good Idea


In collaboration with UNITA and Scenography Today, The Centre for the Less Good Idea is offering a mentorship program titled ‘Thinking in cardboard’ to 12 creators across disciplines (6 in presences in Johannesburg, 6 online) with the architect and artist Sabine Theunissen.

Sabine Theunissen has collaborated with William Kentridge since 2002 designing the sets for his opera productions, art installations and exhibitions.

The mentorship

Participants will have the opportunity to be exposed to the potential of the cardboard model as a thinking tool, as well as the subsequent collective, collaborative processes of creating sets and exhibitions for theatre, opera, dance, and visual art.

Participants will be working on the final designs for artworks and performances within the Season 8 of the Centre, curated by Bongile Lecoge-Zulu and exploring performance in response to the provocations of Breath and Mythologies.

→ Artists from across disciplines within the arts are encouraged to apply, particularly photographers, choreographers, performers, architects, designers and visual artists.

→ Those selected by a committee set up between The Centre for the Less Good Idea and UNITA will receive a basic honorarium which will also cover production costs.

How and when

The Centre is inviting artists to submit an expression of interest. The expression should come in the form of a maximum one-page motivation and five images that describe the applicant’s practice. The mentorship will take place over the course of Season 8 and artists will be working on the final designs for artworks and performances within the Season. The online teaching seminars and physical development workshops for the mentorship will take place between July and October 2021.


Second half of Sept. – Initial workshops
27 Sept. -11 Oct. – Production/ Dress/Tech rehearsals
13 -17 Oct. – Season 8 live performances

Subject line: Thinking in Cardboard Mentorship

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