Category Archives: Dance

Robyn Orlin’s genius

Robyn Orlin doesn’t keep her web or Wiki pages up to date.  She is a South African choreographer living in France.  From time to time she brings her work back to South Africa where it plays to packed houses, often … Continue reading

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Contemporary dance goes to the people

I have tea with Alexandra le Maitre, a beautiful woman with a dancer’s body.  I have seen her dance before at various Spanish dance programmes.  We meet at De La Creme in Melville.  It is raining, but le Maitre’s quiet … Continue reading

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Tea with Gita Pather

Venue:  Wits Theatre foyer.  Coffee. Gita Pather is a mover and shaker at the Wits University Theatre. Well, she’s the director of the Wits Theatre.  Apart from the academic programme and administering a space which is regularly used for rental … Continue reading

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Golden Age, Bolshoi Ballet Movie

The Bolshoi Ballet’s movie of their production of The Golden Age, choreographed by Yuri Grigorovich, the company’s artistic director to music by Dimitri Shostakovich (1906-1975) showed at the Rosebank Cinema Nouveau recently. The history of this ballet is that it … Continue reading

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I spied with my little eyes (October 2016)

I saw a lot of movies in October, including Labyrinth of Lies, Florence Foster Jenkins, Shepherds and Butchers, Andre Rieu’s 2016 Maastrict Concert and Bolshoi Ballet’s The Bright Stream at Cinema Nouveau.  Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, Hands of … Continue reading

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A work with 50 shades of black and white

Joys of Sharing is easily one of the most exciting collaborative works to have been staged in Johannesburg this year. Three top South African artists, Gregory Vuyani Maqoma, Simphiwe Dana and Wouter Kellerman, got together for a series of performances … Continue reading

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Johannesburg Youth Ballet turns 40

Most young people in the Johannesburg Youth Ballet can’t imagine how daring and different it was to have a non-racial ballet company in 1976.  Audrey King, however, set one up and then took it on an international tour. In 2016, … Continue reading

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