Monthly Archives: July 2017

Big City, Big Dreams

Joburg  Ballet Theatre’s collaboration with Vuyani Dance Theatre and Moving Into Dance Mophatong is an (almost) new departure for the ballet company.  It is also a brave attempt at making contemporary ballet, and making relevant dance theatre for urban African … Continue reading

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State Fracture, biting satire

Last year one of the hottest tickets was for Mike van Graan’s Pay Back the Curry, directed by Rob van Vuuren and starring Daniel Mpilo Richards.  The same team is back with more in the same vein, this time under … Continue reading

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Silence and noise

I have been a fan of PJ Sabbagha’s work with the Forgotten Angle Theatre Collaborative for a long time. His latest work, With Nothing But Silence They Turned Their Bodies To Face The Noise, does not disappoint. PJ Sabbagha is … Continue reading

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The Confessional, art at Absa

The Confessional is a group exhibition curated by Liberty Battson, 2014 Absa L’Atelier winner which had its inaugural run in April at the KKNK arts and culture festival held Oudtshoorn. The Confessional was conceptualised and created for the KKNK, and aligned … Continue reading

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Nijinksy’s War

One of the pieces I have been most keen to see at the 969 Festival at Wits University is Nijinsky’s War with dancer/choreographer Ignatius van Heerden. Directed by Gopala Davies and this work starts before the audience enters the theatre with … Continue reading

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High art and popular music

So the 969 Festival at Wits University is underway. So named because it is 969 km from Grahamstown, the festival gives legs to some of the productions from the National Arts Festival. Gita Pather is the curator of the 969 … Continue reading

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The Accusation, book review

Some time back I read about the challenge to read a book from every country in the world, and it was with that in mind that I started reading The Accusation:  Forbidden stories from inside North Korea, by Bandi. Bandi … Continue reading

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