When one Goal flows through many souls…

At our session of bonding with all the participants for the Parade, we brought forward our spirits and what we hope to achieve at the end of this journey. So everyone got a candle to light and placed in the center. Unconsciously the casts place the candles in the form of a Tree which symbolize our theme for this show. What fantastic gesture to see❤.


If someone told me a few months back that I must bring life to a puppet, I would just stare at them like a granny trying to understand this fast moving technologies of this age🙈🙊. But that all changed with the Assitej puppetry workshop held at Net Vir Pret on Friday 15 November😎. Faye Kabali-Kogwa and crew did a fantastic job in preparing our performers to bring life to the puppets👌. The Breathing and Movement activities surely allowed our puppeteers to transform into the puppets. New Generation arts development studio reps and the crew of Mother Tongue joined for the preparation workshop.

Like bestselling US writer Sherrilyn Kenyon said: “Success is when persistence meets preparation.”✌

#NVP #TheFinalSpring #15Dec2K19

The Vertical Journey a tribute to the still unknown

The Vertical Journey 
a tribute to the still unknown

The artist Marcus Neustetter and his collaborators explore spaces in between: from the vastness of the universe, with earth as our space ship, to the temporal experience of the everyday. This year they are collaborating with the Parade team on The Final Spring through the brilliant videography explored in this pivotal planetarium project.

In July 2019 The Vertical Journey saw the launch of a series of planetarium dome short films accompanied by live improvisations. The series was developed out of creative experiments with local artists, learners from Navalsig High School, the Naval Hill Planetarium and the Boyden Observatory. This work ambitiously attempts to imagine, manifest and animate the mysteries of infinite spaces large and small while at the same time conjuring the unarticulated stories of the people that explore these spaces.
For the collaboration with the Barrydale Giant Puppet Parade 2019, the films take on a new dialogue partner and become the backdrop for a puppet performance in partnership with Net vir Pret and the Centre for Humanities Research at the University of the Western Cape.

The Vertical Journey 
a tribute to the still unknown

a planetarium show by 
Marcus Neustetter

in collaboration with

Mark Edwards – film
Wayne Reddiar – sound

Manzikazi Scota – vocals
Sifiso Teddy Mhlambi – performance
Xolisile Bongwana – vocals / performance
Elrico Plaatjies – performance

Mariette Erwee – scientist / planetarium show expert
Ofentse Letebele – artist / planetarium show expert

Zanda Nosenga – assistant / poet
Regienald Milanzi – assistant
Reitumetse Lebatla – assistant

The 2018 and 2019 participants:
Reitumetse Lebatla, Regienald Milanzi, Violet Isaacs, Kamogelo Chao, Hakirah Bosch, Sylvia Chaka, Wendy Menong, Zanda Nosenga, Benedicta Osei, Perseverance Mavuso

With Thanks to:

University of the Free State
Angela de Jesus
Miné Kleynhans

Vrystaat Art Festival
Ricardo Peach

Naval Hill Planetarium
Prof Matie Hoffman
Dr. Hendrik Van Heerden
Léon Snyman
Dinah Mangope

Boyden Observatory
Dawie van Jaarsveldt

The Trinity Session
Stephen Hobbs
Paul Setate
Ciara Struwig

The project is developed in partnership with the 
Programme for Innovation in Artform Development (PIAD), 
an initiative of the University of the Free State 
and the Vrystaat Art Festival, 
generously supported by 
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.