A review of the past month in the performing and visual arts, Gauteng (August 2013).
On the theatre front I caught Asinamali at The Market Theatre, Venus in Fur and The Rise of the Insanity League at Pieter Toerien’s Montecasino Theatre, The Last Moustache at the Laager Theatre, Market Theatre Complex, Starlight Express at the Joburg Theatre. Drama For Life (Sex Actually) put on several works of which I saw Secret with the Moon, a performance work of five women poets about sex, romantic and abusive.
On the music front I heard the Wits Trio in an all Brahms concert and attended the Jeanne Zaidel-Rudolph Tribute Concert, both at The Atrium. The JPO had a one-off concert with Pallavi Mahidhara, pianist, in an all Tchaikovsky concert. The Tenors (the Canadian lot) were at The Lyric Theatre, Gold Reef City Casino. The Standard Bank Joy of Jazz Awards at the M1 Studios of the SABC where Sathima Bea Benjamin, Thandie Klaasen, Abigail Kubeka, Dorothy Masuka and Sylvia Mdunyelwa have been named this year’s Standard Bank Joy of Jazz 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award recipients, and then three nights of Joy of Jazz in Newtown and then the Daniel Zamir Jazz Quartet at the Great Hall, Wits. Finally I attended the final evening of the competition for the SAMRO Overseas Scholarships (keyboard) which were won by Bokani Dyer (Jazz/Popular Music category) and Jan Hugo (Western Art Music).
Movies included Pain & Gain, Killing them Softly, Now You See Me, The Reluctant Fundamentalist, Heat, Behind the Candelabra – a movie about Liberace and South African movie, Felix. I recommend The Reluctant Fundamentalist and Behind the Candelabra highly. Reviews appear on the blog in the week the movie releases (that’s a rule set by the movie companies in South Africa).
As far as dance goes I saw Hansel & Gretel at UJAC, Dance for a Cure at The Lyric Theatre, Gold Reef City and 5 by Bailey Snyman (Drama for Life – Sex Actually) at Wits Theatre.
I attended the media event for The Seed, an artwork by Marco Cianfanelli at Standard Bank’s new offices in Rosebank as well as the BASA Award Ceremony for businesses supporting arts at the Johannesburg City Hall. I spent an afternoon at the Johannesburg Art Gallery where I viewed our own city’s artworks. We have some fabulous items. I also attended a Women’s Month event at the Hector Pietersen Museum in Soweto.
I don’t always write about every production I see although the above have all been covered on my blog, because some are just too awful for words, but the usual reason for me not writing about a production is because I did not see it.
The theatrical highlight of the month was The Last Moustache at The Market Theatre or Venus in Fur at Pieter Toerien’s Main Theatre, Montecasino. The musical highlight was a tough one in a month filled with excellent jazz, however I have settled on the Standard Bank Joy of Jazz Awards where tribute was paid to five legends of jazz.