rettet die sockel PUPPE 34Rettet die Sockel – Save the Pedestals!

Rettet die Sockel is a free adaptation for the stage of a story by Ivan Vladislavic. The text is being brought to life by choreographer and director Robyn Orlin and the Handspring Puppet Company, in collaboration with the Puppentheater Halle. The production opens in Halle on 12 October and will travel to the Baxter Theatre in Cape Town next year.

Vladislavic has long been concerned with the life and death of statues and memorials, going back to stories like ‘We Came to the Monument’ (1989) and ‘Propaganda by Monuments’ (1996). The author will read from the original story and other pieces along with translator Thomas Bruckner at the Puppentheater Halle on Sunday 14 October.

Photos from the workshop | Photo credit: Falk Wenzel

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  • Extract from The Distance in the JRB

    The Johannesburg Review of Books has published its annual fiction. The issue includes an extract from Ivan Vladislavic's novel The Distance, which will be published by Umuzi in February 2019.

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  • Cities in Flux workshop, University of Johannesburg

    The Cities in Flux workshop under the banner of Pro Helvetia brings together writers and academics to talk about urbanization and social change. The event will take place at the University of Johannesburg on 5-6 October.

    Details here

  • Julian Birbrajer launch, Stockholm

    On 19 May, Julian Birbrajer will launch Slut, his new book of photographs, at the Centrum for fotografi in Stockholm. The book contains six sequences of photographs and a text by Ivan Vladislavic.

    Details here

  • Place, Time, and People - Akademie Schloss Solitude, 23-25 November

    The symposium 'Place, Time, and People: Biographies and the Production of Places' will be held at the Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart from 23 to 25 November. Ivan Vladislavic, a former fellow and literary juror of the Akademie, will present a keynote lecture.

    Full programme here

  • Suburbia - An Archeology of the Moment

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    Full programme here