2013 started out fairly quietly on the theatre front with only Pieter Toerien’s Theatre not having gone dark. Fascinating Aida opened at Montecasino and The Island and Mies Julie opened at The Market Theatre. Energia, a Spanish dance show, opened at the Old Mutual Theatre on the Square.
The musical front provided me with a concert by Ayanda at Le Bistro PETITcochon, as well as Richard Cock’s Viennese New Year Concert at the Linder Auditorium. The Johannesburg International Mozart Festival opened with Sir Roger Norrington conducting the Zurich Chamber Orchestra, selected members of the South African National Youth Orchestra and Robert Pickup in a mostly Mozart concert on the composer’s birthday, 27 January. I attended three other concerts in the series in January, two at Northwards House and one at The Fringe, Joburg Theatre.
On the art front, Making Way, opened at The Standard Bank Gallery in Simmonds Street, Johannesburg. (Review not yet written). The Goethe Institut and the Alliance Francaise hosted a celebration of fifty years of friendship (Elysee Treaty).
Movies nominated for Oscars have to be shown to the press before they open and I attended eleven previews. Strict rules governing when these reviews may be published are imposed on the press and the only three that I saw which were released in January were Argo, Chasing Mavericks and the Met Opera movie, Aida.
I ate out at restaurants fifteen times during January. The cheese and cold meat platter at Le Bistro PETITcochon stands out above the rest, which was made up of meals at Kai Tai at Montecasino, Cobblestone Pub at Montecasino, Bismillah in Mayfair, Indulgence Cafe in Northcliff, Picobellas in Melville, Olives and Plates at the Linder Auditorium, Service Station in Melville, MA in Rosebank, Woolworths Cafe at Campus Square, News Cafe at Joburg Theatre and Woolworths Cafe in Hyde Park. (Yes, there are some duplicates at Bismillah, Service Station and Woolworths Cafe at Campus Square.)
The theatrical highlight for January was Mies Julie, the musical highlight for January was the Sir Roger Norrington Concert for the opening of the Johannesburg International Mozart Festival.