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Chris Vorster
Chris was on stage in 'Die Hart Verklap' at the Toyota US Woordfees in Stellenbosch recently.

“Difficult and very strange,” is how Chris Vorster, veteran actor and Drama lecturer at the University of the Free State (UFS) describes his role as Bas Koorts in the supernatural thriller Die Spreeus

For Chris, the biggest challenge during the filming of Die Spreeus was to work in front of a green screen. “You never see the monsters and things attacking you, it is only added later on during the editing process,” he said. Therefore, he and his co-actors were expected to use their own imagination “to be frightened, and to duck and dive from something that does not exist.” 

This Afrikaans thriller series has recently been nominated in five categories of the South African Film and Television Awards, including Best Television Drama, Best Cinematography, and Original Sound and Sound Editing. 

Chris was also nominated for a Fiësta award in 2019 for his one-man performance in the theatre production, Die Hart verklap. “It is fantastic to still be recognised for my work,” he said, “but I also have to give recognition to Dion van Niekerk, because without a good director, any actor will be lost.” Van Niekerk also lectures Drama at the UFS.

Being a lecturer broadens his knowledge 

Chris joined the UFS Department of Drama and Theatre Arts in 2015 as lecturer in the programme for Film en Visual Media. “Everything I learn in the industry I apply as lecturer, and research and teaching feed more knowledge on acting, directing, and especially writing,” he said. After five years, being involved with the UFS Department of Drama is still exciting to him. “This is where both lecturers and students get encouraged to do more than just breathing.” 

With his busy schedule of teaching and acting, it remains important to him that South Africans are still able to tell stories – “in any language”. He considers it a privilege for anyone to work in their mother tongue. This is also why the symbiosis between his work as actor and lecturer is so appealing.

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UFS signs memorandum of understanding with the University of Ghent
2007-10-02

 

A video conference during which a memorandum of understanding was signed between the University of the Free State (UFS) and the University of Ghent in Belgium was recently held on the Main Campus in Bloemfontein. The signing of the agreement formed part of a week long programme, Accenta, of which Bloemfontein and the Free State were guests of honour. Academics from the UFS delivered papers during one of the forums that formed part of the Accenta programme in Ghent. Not all the papers were delivered in Ghent. Papers on bridging the digital divide were presented during the video conference by academics from Bloemfontein and Ghent and broadcast on the internet. At the video conference broadcast from the UFS Main Campus were, from the left: Prof. Janse Tolmie (Departmental Chairperson of the UFS Department of Computer Science and Informatics), Prof. Hendri Kroukamp (Programme Director of Public Management at the UFS) , Prof. Herman van Schalkwyk (Dean of the UFS Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences) and Prof. Pieter Blignaut (Professor at the UFS Department of Computer Science and Informatics and co-ordinator of the video conference).
Photo: Lacea Loader

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