Monthly Archives: February 2017

Space, #DanceUmbrella2017

Sifiso Kwenyama of the Jazzart Dance Theatre brought Space to the Wits Theatre for the 2017 edition of Dance Umbrella.  It premiered there on Friday 24 February 2017. Kwenyama is already an established artist and director with both theatre and … Continue reading

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Corps / Body #DanceUmbrella2017

One of the most important collaborations at the Dance Umbrella each year is the one with foreign countries. This work, Corps / Body is brought to Dance Umbrella by the Institut Francais d’Afrique du Sud (IFAS). Body brings Moekoetsi Koena … Continue reading

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De-Apart-Hate #DanceUmbrella 2017

Born in 1976 in the townships of Cape Town, Mamela Nyamza is a dancer, teacher, choreographer, and activist in South Africa. A classically trained dancer (ballet and Spanish interalia), she is recognised today primarily as a contemporary dancer. Her latest … Continue reading

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Classical Crossover, The Muses

For one night only, South Africa’s top performing string quartet, The Muses, will entertain their fans at The Barnyard Theatre Cresta on 23 April 2017. The Muses have been hard at work, perfecting their show for the public in this … Continue reading

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Bolshoi’s bland and bilious Swan Lake

The choreography and dancing are sublime.  The production, particularly costumes and lighting not so. Swan Lake is probably the world’s best known ballet.  Classical in style, it was created for the Bolshoi Ballet in 1877 to sublime music by Peter … Continue reading

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The Great Wall, my thoughts

The Great Wall (2016) was directed by Zhang Yimou.  It stars Matt Damon and Jing Tian, Pedro Pascal, Willem Dafoe and Andy Lau.  Filmed in China, but using specially constructed walls, not the actual Great Wall of China, this is … Continue reading

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The King’s Singers – why you should attend a concert

Well, they’re awesome. Six young men, all easy on the eye. Six vocal talents combined to be easy on the ear. No, “easy” is the wrong word. They are wonderful, the harmonies, the voices, the ensemble. The progamme shows a … Continue reading

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