TALENT AFRICA

A FAMILY OF PERFORMERS

CRITERIA

 

Age Categories

 

Please note that your age category is determined by the age you will be on 24 June 2020

 

    3 - 5

    6 - 8

    9 - 11

    12 - 14

    15 - 17

    18 - 24

    25 - 39

    40+

 

Judging Criteria For All Talents

 

    Stage Presence

    Technique

    Style

    Overall impression

    Originality

 

Music

 

    All music must be on a CD.

    CD's must be of good quality and not scratched or damaged in any way.

    Each Performance must be on a separate CD.

    Each CD must have a label with contestants (or group's)CONTESTANT number, name, talent, style and age category.

    Please bring at least two back-up CD's for each performance

 

Categories

 

    Actors

    Eisteddfod

    Vocalists

    Dancers

    Models

    Instrumentalists

    Song Writing

    Photogenic Modelling (EVERYBODY CAN ENTER, NO NEED TO QUALIFY)

    Creative Works (EVERYBODY CAN ENTER, NO NEED TO QUALIFY)

 

Category Details - Acting

 

Commercial: Commercial copy should focus on commercial products, food, home and office products. Preferably no costumes, or large accessories. Commercial copy should be committed to memory

Comedic Monologue: Material selection is at contestants' discretion... A form of dramatic entertainment, comedic solo or a prolonged humorous talk byA SINGLE speaker. Monologue should be committed to memory

Dramatic Monologue: Material selection is at contestants' discretion... A form in which a single character, addressing a silent auditor at a critical moment, reveals him or herself and the dramatic situation. Monologue should be committed to memory

Legit (theatre) Monologue: Material selection is at contestants' discretion... Monologue should be committed to memory

Open: Any monologue may be performed, age appropriate ( Afrikaans - only in SA)

 

Acting Time Limits

 

    Solo: 2:00

    Duo/Trio/Scene: 2:00

 

Category Details - Dance

 

Acrobatics/Gymnastics: Consists of tumbling movements incorporated to music

Ballet/Pointe: Consists of ballet or pointe technique, must include classical steps and movement

Hip-Hop: Consists of fusion, street, funk, MTV style movements no obscenities in music allowed

Jazz: Consists of jazz technique utilizing up tempo music

Lyrical/Contemporary/Modern: Consists of jazz, ballet technique. Interpretative movement, demonstrating strength, control and lyric interpretation

Musical Theatre/Song and dance: Consists of Broadway/Theatre style movements. Song and dance: Dance movements and vocal performance, track must NOT have lead vocals but background tracks are allowed

Open: Consists of all other dance/movement categories ie: folkroric/ethnic, disco, freestyle, etc.

Tap: Consists of tap technique, classic, contemporary, stomp, etc... Must wear tap shoes

 

Dance Time Limits

 

    Solo: 2:00

    Duo/Trio: 2:00

    Small Group (4 to 9 members): 3:00

    Large Group (10 to 19 members): 3:00

 

Category Details - Eisteddfod

 

Prepared Reading: Emphasis will be on the interpretation of text and expressive vocal performance. Participants are judged on fluency, eye contact with the audience, different characters/situations etc. through facial and vocal expression. Standard of pieces must be applicable to the age of the performer. Note: Pieces must be read and not merely recited. Electronic media, magazines, books may be used.

Poetry (Dramatized/Undramatized):

Definition Dramatized: Any type of poem may be performed as long as it is age appropriate and of a suitable length, using functional movement, gesture and speech. Performance wear (comfortable black outfit). No props or costumes.

Definition Undramatized: Any type of poem may be performed as long as it is age appropriate and of a suitable length. Performance wear (comfortable black outfit). No props or costumes.

Public Speaking (Persuasive/Informative)

Definition Persuasive: The speech should persuade the audience on a certain issue. The presentation should be interesting and entertaining. It is compulsory for participants to make use of cue cards but must at the same time not be note bound.

Definition Informative: The speech should inform the audience on a certain topic or subject. The presentation should be interesting and entertaining. It is compulsory for participants to make use of cue cards but must at the same time not be note bound.

Mime: No speech and props may be used. Multi-media may be used. Participants will be adjudicated on the use of movement and space. Background music may be used to create mood. Mime attire should be worn if possible. Advisable to ‘announce’ topic by using an A4 white cardboard with the topic written on it.

Scene (including duologue) : A dramatised performance (comic or dramatic) by two or more participants of an extract from a play. Where props are used, participants must be able to carry it on/off performance space themselves.

 

Eisteddfod Time Limits

 

    Solo: 2:00

    Duo/Trio/Scene: 2:00

 


Category Details - Vocal (Including BACKTRACK VOCAL as well as INSTRUMENT VOCAL )

 

BACKTRACK VOCAL : The performer sings while a backtrack is playing providing the music.

INSTRUMENT VOCAL : The performer sings while playing a musical instrument to provide the music, no backtrack.

Broadway/Classical: Contestant must perform either a Broadway, Off Broadway or Theatre show tune or a classical/operatic style song.

Country: Contestant must perform a traditional or contemporary country style song.

Inspirational/Gospel: Contestant must perform a song lyrically focused on matters concerned with the Christian faith or referencing lyrics of a Christian nature.

Open: Any style of song may be performed.

Pop: Contestant must perform a Popular song.

R&B: Also known as Rhythm and Blues. Contestants must perform an urban, jazz based music with a heavy, insistent beat.

Rock: Also known as rock & roll. Contestants must perform a rock song.

 

 

Contestants may sing a Capella, accompany themselves or sing to a music track without lead vocals and preferably without background vocals

Song may be original, but will be judged on VOCAL performance NOT on song writing

 

Vocal Time Limits

 

    Solo: 2:00

    Duo/Trio: 2:00

    Groups: 3:00

 

Category Details - Instrumental

 

    CLASSICAL

    CONTEMPORARY

    OPEN

 

 

    Please indicate if you need additional jack plugs or equipment for your instrument

    Only a Piano will be provided, please supply all other instruments yourself

 

Instrumental Time Limits

 

    Solo 2:00

    Groups 3:00

 

Category Details - Modelling

 

Casual: All ages model will showcase casual wear or sportswear, while walking, turning and posing

Fitness: All ages, fitness wear, toned bodies model will showcase fitness wear while walking, turning and posing

Formal: All ages model will showcase dressy or formal wear, while walking, turning and posing. Short or long dresses are allowed

High Fashion: model will showcase black leggings and form fitting tank top with hair slicked back in a pony tail, while walking, turning and posing

Spokes model: All ages model will speak about a product or event. Time limit 2:00

Swimwear: All ages model will showcase swimwear while walking, turning and posing. Cover ups allowed. Shoes optional

Runway: All ages "fun", Avantgarde, design your own outfit

 

Modelling Time Limits

 

    All models may only walk 1 & 1/2 T-ramp

 

Category Details - Songwriting

 

    Judging is based on song structure, concept, musicality, interpretation, rhythm, style and over-all appeal.

    SONGWRITER SELF: song must be performed by one of the songwriters of the song being performed. Original song will be critiqued as well as vocal and musical performance/track of song. Should the Singer/Songwriter not be able to accompany themselves, ONE accompanist is allowed, but is not allowed to sing. Musical track is also allowed, but no lead vocals.

    SONGWRITER OTHER: song may be performed by any vocalist, accompanying themselves, with ONE accompanist if they cannot accompany themselves, or with a track with no lead vocal on it. Performance of song and accompanist will not be evaluated, only the “song” will be critiqued.

 

Songwriting Time Limits

 

    Solo 2:00

 

Category Details - Modelling Photographic (NATIONALS ONLY)

 

Commercial print: All ages, color picture must be with a product

Catalog print: All ages, full length color picture showcasing the outfit

Headshot: All ages, color headshot

1 Photo per category, any size must be clearly marked with name, age and category

All photos to be handed in no later than the 20 MARCH 2020 at the venue for Roodepoort and 30 MARCH 2020 at the venue for Port Elizabeth

 

 

 

Category Details - Creative Works (NATIONALS ONLY)

 

SIZE OF WORKS:

All Junior artwork cannot exceed A3 size (Ages 3 to 14 )

All Senior artwork cannot exceed A2 size. ( Ages 15 and up )

No artworks will be accepted if they are smaller than A5

Sculptures may not exceed 60x60cm

SUBMISSIONS:

All artworks must either be Mounted or Framed (Unless they have been done on block canvas)

Work not mounted or framed will not be accepted

A copy of the entry form must be attached to the artwork, photography or sculpture

DATES AND TIMES FOR SUBMISSION OF WORK:

All artworks must be submitted by 27 MARCH 2019 at the venue for Roodepoort and 5 April 2019 at the venue for Port Elizabeth

All artworks are to be collected from the foyer on the 30 MARCH 2019 for Roodepoort and 6 April 2019 for Port Elizabeth

Please make every effort to collect your work during this time as Talent Africa does not take any responsibility for artwork left at the theatre after this date

CATEGORIES:

Drawing:

- Drawing is a form of visual art in which a person uses various drawing instruments to mark paper or another two-dimensional medium

- Instruments include graphite pencils, pen and ink, inked brushes, wax color pencils, crayons, charcoal, chalk, pastels

    Painting:

- Painting is the practice of applying paint and color to a solid surface

- The medium (A paint's medium refers to what carries a paint's (colors) for instance watercolor or acrylic) is commonly applied to the base with a brush, but other implements, such as knives, sponges, and airbrushes, can be used

- Acrylic paint, Gouache, Oil paint, Tempera, Watercolor

Sculpture:

- Sculpture is the branch of the visual arts that operates in three dimensions

- The minimum requirement is 5cm x 5cm

- Clay, stone, metal, ceramics, wood and other materials

Photography:

- Any type of camera may be used: digital, fixed-focus or professional

- Any subject matter may be used

- Plagiarism of existing images will not be accepted

- No digital editing or enhancements

- No inappropriate images will be accepted

- Photography should be mounted individually unless intended for the pieces to be adjudicated as one