Category Archives: Festivals

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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Sorry to be missing the Festival Gala Concert

Every year when I don’t attend the National Arts Festival, I look through the programme and wish that I were attending certain things.  Today it  is the Festival Gala Concert with the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Maestro Richard … Continue reading

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I am so jealous of all the people at the National Arts Festival this year. Today I wish I were hearing Pendo Masote in concert. Pendo Masote is a young violinist who is making waves in classical music circles. He … Continue reading

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I’m sorry I’m missing Nil today

Gavin Krastin is a talented and challenging performance artist.  I am sorry I will not be at the National Arts Festival to see his new work, Nil. Part show-and-tell and part actionism, Nil is loosely inspired by “The 12 Labours … Continue reading

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Masilo’s Gutsy Giselle

Giselle is best known as a pretty, classical ballet from the Romantic era, to pretty music by the little known Adolphe Adam.  If that’s what you want, do NOT go out to see Dada Masilo’s Giselle. You won’t find any … Continue reading

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Tea with Moosa Manjra

Venue:  Craft, Parkhurst.  (R29 for organic African blend tea).  Trendy, expensive.  Not wheelchair friendly. Great service. “And you are to love those who are foreigners, for you yourselves were foreigners in Egypt.”  So says Deuteronomy 10:19, scriptures sacred to Judaism … Continue reading

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