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Grahamstown Festival: 3 Shows You Must See

2010-06-22 13:57


Choreographed by Mlu Zondi, 2010 Standard Bank Young Artist for Dance, Cinema showcases his virtuosity of incorporating dance, text, performance art, theatre, video, installations and interactivity to produce a riveting experience of moving images with painterly qualities in 5D.
Where? Transnet Great Hall
When? 22 June 10am & 2pm, 23 June 2pm & 6.30pm.
Cover? R46; students/scholars R30

Carmen: with the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra
The ballet, Carmen, reflects Veronica Paeper’s dramatic interpretation of the love triangle between the sultry Carmen, the dashing toreador, Escamilo, and the naïve soldier, Don José.Conductor: Naum Rousine.
Choreography: Veronica Paeper with music by Georges Bizet.
Where? Guy Butler Theatre, Monument
When? 25 June 7pm, 26 June 7pm.
Cover? R74, R64, R54; students/scholars R72, R54, R38.

Created, designed and directed by Janni Younge: 2010 Standard Bank Young Artist Winner for Theatre. Ouroboros is a story of love, dreaming, imagination and death. A multi-plot, with six characters formed of different aspects of two people, it reflects interconnected relationships, the battles of growing and the complex beauty of the moment.
Where? Rhodes Theatre
When? 2 July 12pm, 3 July 12pm & 6.30pm, 4 July 10am & 4pm.
Cover? R46, students/scholars R30.


Man to Man
TEATERteater presents Manfred Karge’s Man to Man with Antoinette Kellerman. Under the direction of renown South African director Marthinus Basson,this is a gripping one woman tour de force that investigates the life of a woman who, after the untimely death of her husband during the economic disaster of the Weimar period, takes over his identity to make a living as a crane-operator at the factory where he used to work.
Where? Rhodes Theatre
When? 24 June 6.30pm, 25 June 12pm & 6.30pm, 26 June 12pm & 6.30pm.
Cover? R50; students/scholars R34.

Willem Anker and Jaco Bouwer presents Skrapnel (Shrapnel) with Marcel van Heerden, Andrew Thompson and Jenine Groenewald. On the 7th of July 2005 a young South African, Christiaan Rudolph de Wet Botha, becomes a victim of suicide bombing attacks on London’s public transport system. Skrapnel is the shrapnel of Christiaan’s life, loose fragments of an unlived life. This Afrikaans play documents the generation of Afrikaans youngsters who goes around the world hopelessly in search of nothing in particular, whilst drifting aimlessly through a global shopping centre of sex, drugs and visas.
Where? Rhodes Theatre
When? 22 June 2pm & 6.30pm.
Cover? R46; students/scholars R30.

Songs of Migration
The market theatre presents Songs of Migration compiled by Hugh Masakela and James Ngcobo with Hugh Masakela and Sibongile Khumalo as the lead storytellers. Based on the original South African State Theatre production, The Rehearsal – 100 years of South African music, this production rewinds the tape and tells stories about South African music and histories whilst promoting African music and dance.
Where? Guy Butler Theatre Monument
When? 4 July 3pm.
Cover? R74, R64, R54; students/scholars R72, R54, R38.


Melanie Scholtz and the Love Apples: Connected
Melanie Scholtz, 2010 Standard Bank Young Artist for Jazz, a vocalist with a stunning range, superb technique and eclectic musical taste, brings us her own “Love Apples”, a band of top-class professionals who complementher fruity voice.
Where? DSG Hall
When? 25 June 5pm
Cover? R70; students/scholars R65.

Standard Bank Young Artist Quintet
Drawing together five of the winners from the list of musical luminaries who have won the prestigious Standard Bank Young Artist Award, this production showcases them performing together in celebration of Standard Bank’s sponsorship of the award.
Where? DSG Hall
When? 30 June 5pm
Cover? R70; students/scholars R65.

Reflections in Reverence and Remembrance
British saxophonist Jason Yarde has an impressive and diverse musical CV and his later work is significantly influenced by the music of South African jazz players. Performed by Sibongile Khumalo, this production showcases a collection of short pieces dedicated to the memory of people who influenced Yarde as a person and as amusician.
Where? DSG Hall
When? 7.30pm
Cover? R70; students/scholars R65.


Samson Diamond in Concert
2010 Standard Bank Young Artist for Music, Samson Diamond, will perform two works by Ysaÿe and Crumb, which are both influenced harmonically and liturgically by the 13th century Latin hymn Dies Irae (Day of Wrath) that describes the day of judgement, the last trumpet summoning souls before the throne of God.
Where? Beethoven Room
When? 26 June 4pm, 28 June 2pm.
Cover? R46; students/scholars R30.

Gala Concert with Cape Philharmonic Orchestra
Conducted by Richard Cock, this Gala Concert features 2007 Standard Bank Young Artist Award winner, Shannon Mowday as guest artist and Samson Diamond as soloist.
Where? Guy Butler Theatre, Monument
When? 27 June 2pm.
Cover? R68, R58, R48; students/scholars R66, R54, R38.

Florian Uhlig Solo Piano Recital
Florian Uhlig is “one of the most individual and imaginative young pianists of our time” (Musical Opinion). He is renowned for his creative resourcefulness and his wide-ranging repertoire from Bach to contemporary composers, which he combines in his inventive and original programmes. Constantly searching to explore the possibilities of musical expression, Uhlig is also dedicated to composition, improvisation, musicological research and projects with literature.
Where? Guy Butler Theatre, Monument
When? 22 June 11am.
Cover? R46; students/scholars R30.


Karen Zoid
Born in Brussels as the daughter of a South African diplomat, Karen grew up in Belgium and Johannesburg where she became a teenage busker, honing her song writing, guitar playing and singing skills on the streets of Melville. Known for her singing and songwriting skills this rock chick will entertain with songs off albums such as Poles Apart, Chasing the Sun and Media.
Where? Guy Butler Theatre, Monument Where? Cuervo Music Room
When? 28 June 6.30pm When? 29 June 8pm
Cover? R70 Cover? R75

Vusi Mahlasela
One of South Africa’s most treasured artists whose unique voice and extraordinary music has become instantly recognisable around the world. This accomplished guitarist, percussionist, composer, arranger, band leader and performer’s music addresses themes of political and social significance.
Where? Guy Butler Theatre, Monument
When? 30 June 6.30pm
Cover? R70; students/scholars R60.

Blk Sonshine
Masauko Chipembere and Neo Muyanga, who make up the power duo Blk Sonshine, captured the hearts of South African music fans a decade ago. 2010 sees the long-awaited return of theband with a new album (four years in the making) and now two rare live performances that will be life-changing from the start to the moment when the final notes dwindle and disappear into the night.
Where? Guy Butler Theatre, Monument Where? Urban Lounge
When? 20 June 6.30pm When? 21 June 9pm
Cover? R70; students/scholars R60. Cover? R65

Theatre, dance and music: Your guide to the 2010 Grahamstown National Arts Festival.

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