Architecture for the body, mind and soul

!cid_image002_jpg@01D0C48CThemed ‘The body is the last space for freedom’, PeepDance is a new, unexpected and mind-blowing contemporary dance performance which will inspire and take your breath away. In a world where we are constantly being looked at, PeepDance is challenging freedom and the reality of culture by exploring perspectives and different ways of expression.

Talia Freed, Art Director and Designer at Nimrod Freed/Tami Dance Company explains, “Three to five dance pieces take place inside ‘peep’ cells, which are performed at the same time. The audience walks around these cells and ‘peep’s through the holes to experience contemporary dance at a whole new lens.”

The PeepDance performance compliments this year’s AZA theme of ‘Future City’ where elegant solutions will be discussed to address the challenges future cities face.

“In a society where technology and media have a tendency to invade our personal realities, it should not mean that we are being controlled. Private and public spaces are changing and it is how we look at these transformations that create our realities. PeepDance will highlight just that where every individual will have their own experience while being part of a collective audience,” says Daniel van der Merwe, Architect and Marketing at PPC and President at the Gauteng Institute for Architects (GIfA).

The Student Architecture Festival Committee has secured sponsorship from the generous local architecture fraternity to bring the Spanish director of the award-winning documentary, The Competition, to Johannesburg. The film will enjoy its African premiere at AZA2015 on 24 September 2015. Architect Angel Borrego Cubero’s film grapples with the inner workings of some of the world’s most prestigious architectural firms to present the best proposal for the National Museum of Art of Andorra. The film follows design giants Jean Nouvel, Frank Gehry, Dominique Perrault, Norman Foster and Zaha Hadid to win this prestigious competition. With an after-film Q&A with the director, Borrego Cubero, this is a must-see during AZA2015!

The architecture packed event will end off with riveting urban tours on Saturday, 26 September 2015. Delegates and the public can choose from the Open Spaces Walking Tour, Chinatown Walking Tour, Johannesburg Heritage Walking Tour, Soweto Apartheid Museum Concourt, Western Edge to Gandhi Square Tour or Liliesleaf Freedom Park.

AZA2015 is not just a conference; there will be master classes, workshops and multitude of public events. It is an opportunity for interested participants from non-design disciplines to share in the future of South Africa’s cities and be part of the regeneration of major urban life, right in the heart of Johannesburg.