Several original and atypical pieces were presented. Among them was performance art piece The Funeral of Narcissus, created by Morné Volschenk. Performance art is an experimental and interdisciplinary work of art and usually does not have a set script or narrative. Volschenk’s performance consisted of two coffins with mirrors inside of them. Volschenk would lie in one coffin the whole day and then invite members of the audience to lie in the other one. “My piece has many layers to it. It deals with mortality and how we are afraid to face death on the one level and also narcissism, and how that leads to different kinds of death, like the death of creativity and relationships,” said Volschenk.

Another first to Krêkvars was a mobile puppet theatre that moved around the allocated festival area and presented puppet shows to passers-by and even invited them to present their own puppet shows.

Festival organiser Missy Maguire said that the annual festival experienced a number of firsts, including shows being allowed to run up to an hour long, whereas in previous years they were only allowed to be a maximum of 45-minutes long. Krêkvars 2014 also saw first-time partnerships with Oom Gert se Plek, who provided all the food and drink for the festivalgoers, as well as with Woordfees, KykNet, eNews anchor Anina Peens and the State Theatre, who all sponsored prizes.

“Next year we are hoping to involve other tertiary institutions such as TUT, Wits, UJ and Oakfields. This was the trial year for all these changes and next year it will definitely be a lot bigger,” said Maguire.

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