Category Archives: 969 at Wits

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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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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Immortal

In 2008, I did the Blaauwkrans History Tour while at the NAF in Grahamstown.   http://www.artlink.co.za/news_article.htm?contentID=5864 (You may have to cut and paste this into your browser as I am not good at making clickable links). That tour left me with … Continue reading

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969 kilometres away from Grahamstown …

Grahamstown plays host to the National Arts Festival for ten days in the winter school holidays each year.   969 kilometres away from the NAF Wits Theatre at the Wits University gives some of these plays “legs”, allowing them a Johannesburg … Continue reading

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Whistle Stop

One of the shows that did exceptionally well in Grahamstown at the National Arts Festival 2014 was Whistle Stop.  The work overall got a Standard Bank Ovation Award, and then a Standard Bank Silver Ovation Award.  In addition the writer, … Continue reading

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Colours of the Rainbow with Princess and Frog

I attended a lot of “Family Fare” theatre, another, better, name for “children’s theatre” at the National Arts Festival.  This will not surprise anyone who knows my fascination for this particularly important genre of theatre. One of the shows I … Continue reading

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