Monthly Archives: September 2012

Man on Ground – a visceral movie presented by MSF

South African movie Man on Ground has won several awards, including one at the Berlin Film Festival, one at the Jozi Film Festival, and the Best Ensemble Cast at the Monaco Charity Film Festival. It won five awards at the … Continue reading

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Goggas!

A delightful South African children’s musical about an alien species, a British Monarch Butterfly, Lady Caroline, who arrives in South Africa on the hat of the South African Ambassador’s wife. She meets our local insect life, tastes our local delicacies … Continue reading

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The boy who fell from the roof – a coming out story

The boy who fell from the roof by Juliet Jenkin has won several awards and has played to critical acclaim in various places so I was looking forward to seeing it. I was disappointed in what I found. A classic … Continue reading

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Carrying the Fire

Bailey Snyman is the 2012 Standard Bank Young Artist for Dance. Not only has his signature work for the National Arts Festival, Moffie, recently been seen for Dance Umbrella 2, as part of the Arts Alive Festival, but he is … Continue reading

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Danse l’Afrique Danse! Africa’s dance heritage in Johannesburg

Dance is reflection of a society’s culture, religion, tradition, customs and norms – an important heritage. Heritage month sees one of the most ambitious heritage programmes in Africa being hosted here in Johannesburg – a major pan-African dance festival. As … Continue reading

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Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

Title: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland Author: Lewis Carroll Genre: Fiction Children Publisher: Vintage Classics Distributor, South Africa: Random House Year: 2012 Recommended Selling Price: R90.00 (South Africa) ISBN number: 978-0-099-57292-3 Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland was the only book on my … Continue reading

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The Wind in the Willows

Title: The Wind in the Willows Author: Kenneth Grahame Genre: Fiction Children Publisher: Vintage Classics Distributor, South Africa: Random House Struik Year: 2012 Recommended Selling Price: R90.00 (South Africa) ISBN number: 978-0-099-57294-7 The Wind in the Willows is one of … Continue reading

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Ancient Odissi dance style entrances contemporary audiences

Dance is a way of life for the Nrityagram Dance Ensemble. It was founded by an Odissi dancer, Protima Gauri, and the dancers of this ensemble study, practice and teach classical dance. In addition they study yoga, meditation, martial arts, … Continue reading

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Nutcracker and My Cup of Tea Ballet Awards

Dickens begins his novel, Tale of Two Cities, with β€œIt was the best of times, it was the worst of times …” That’s what this year has been like for ballet in Johannesburg. In order to survive the two ballet … Continue reading

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Mesmerizing dramatic monologue makes Nothing Like Lear gripping theatre

Vinay Pathak broke the fourth wall and then manipulated me into believing that this clown may have something in common with the tragic King Lear. I am not even sure what genre Nothing Like Lear would best fall into. Is … Continue reading

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