Monthly Archives: February 2012

Dance Umbrella: Dansmettieduiwels

While the Roman Catholic Church insists on a celibate male priesthood they are going to continue drawing criticism regarding sexual abuses. Dansmettieduiwels (Dance with the devils) is a work based on the theme of the stereotypical Roman Catholic priest as … Continue reading

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Dance Umbrella: Exit/Exist

Gregory Maqoma explores his personal and national history as the descendant of a great chief at the Dance Umbrella festival. Orwellian overtones notwithstanding, every dance piece at a festival such as the Dance Umbrella is important, but the selection of … Continue reading

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Dance Umbrella: Uncles and Angels

An expose of the abuses of the Reed Dance. Uncles and Angels is an interactive dance/video collaboration between Nelisiwe Xaba and Mocke J van Veuren in which Xaba takes a critical look at the Reed Dance. The practices that Xaba … Continue reading

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Cristina Ortiz in recital at JIMF

Cristina Ortiz in a programme and performance to please the pickiest classical musical lovers. One of the more conventional of the Johannesburg International Mozart Festival programmed events was the piano recital given by Cristina Ortiz at UJ on 9 February … Continue reading

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The power of Gilan Gork’s mind amazes

Prepare for an evening of wonder and bemusement as one watches Gilan read the minds of his audience both individually and collectively. South African Gilan Gork cuts a dashing figure on stage with his charismatic patter which assures us that … Continue reading

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Alphine Inspirations at Villa Arcadia

The trombone duo, Alpine Inspirations,  from Austria delighted the audience at Villa Arcadia. I have been having a wonderful time at the Johannesburg International Mozart Festival so far. The programming has been so different to what one would expect of … Continue reading

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JPO First concert review, second concert preview

A musical treat awaits Gauteng audiences in both Joburg (Thursday) and Pretoria (Sunday). The first symphony season for 2012 is now underway. The first concert of the first JPO season of the year under the baton of Guido Ajmone-Marsan was … Continue reading

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