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Sunday, January 22, 2017

ABSTRACT PAINTING & DESIGN CLASSES



If you have always wanted to be creative and would love to take art classes, but don't draw very well, or if you want to do something different to more the conventional "art" usually taught, come and enjoy, learn to do abstraction with a very experienced teacher.

Classes commence in February at Artisan Gallery and are structured to work through a selection of different approaches to Abstraction. The course comprises six two-and-a-half hour classes with much of the initial equipment supplied.

Bookings are essential, with available time-slots being:
Saturdays 14h00 to 16h30
Mondays 14h00 to 16h30
Tuesdays 10h00 to 12h30

Cost is R1,600 for the course - adults only. For more information, contact Ingrid on 031 312 4364. Artisan Gallery is situated at 344 Florida Road, Morningside.

BURN



(Mark Tatham (back) & Daniel Geddes)

The Theatre – St Anne’s College in Hilton and Liquid Fusion in collaboration with Matchbox Theatre Collective will present BURN on February 2.

Choreographed and directed by Bailey Snyman, Burn features Daniel Geddes and Mark Tatham. The dance piece won a Standard Bank Ovation Award at the National Arts Festival, 2016.

Man vs Man… Man vs Earth… Man vs Fire…

Humanity is the Earth’s most intimate friend. BURN explores the tense relationship between Earth and Man, and how the two hold each other ransom. There is no fate but what we make for ourselves. This epic tale is about man’s discovery of the world he inhabits and the consequences of his unprecedented failure to preserve this relationship. Two men navigate the creation myth, the art of war and the desolation of post-apocalyptic destruction.

“We will wake up one day and the world will be on fire,” says the creative team. “Fire exists as a duality of life and death; it nurtures and threatens. Inspired in part by Fire on the Mountain by Arthur Golding, fire represents a tool that separates humankind from the animals, and represents both savagery and hope. BURN walks the tenuous line between the past, present and future of our collective history with fire. It results in an explosive conclusion that comments on the visible effects of our inability to preserve our precious resources.”

A full-length duet, strong, powerful and explosive, BURN is a fierce dance work that tests the limits of the human body.

BURN has one performance in The Theatre – St Anne’s College in Hilton on February 2 at 19h30. Tickets R70 (R50 concessions). Booking on 033 343 6100 or twoodgate@stannes.co.za

CLASSICAL MUSIC SOIREE



A dinner soiree of Christopher Duigan’s My Favourite Magnificent Classics will take place at Casa Mexicana, 35 Montgomery Drive Athlone in Pietermaritzburg on January 27. Tickets R200 including dinner from 18h30. Dinner guests should please bring their own wine. Booking is essential via email at chris@fotag.co.za or by sending an SMS or Whatsapp message to Music Revival at 083 417 4473.

Book a table for 4 or more or join others at one of the communal tables. For those who wish to attend the concert only, the ticket is R120 (including refreshments) with music starting at approximately 19h45. Secure parking is available at the venue.

Please include contact names and numbers in all email and telephone bookings

CHRISTOPHER DUIGAN CONCERTS



(Christopher Duigan. Pic by Val Adamson)

To celebrate the start of Music Revival's 20th year presenting classical music concerts, Christopher Duigan will performing My Favourite Magnificent Classics, a programme of his favourite masterpieces, at St Agnes Church in Kloof on January 26 at 19h30 and at the Tatham Art Gallery in Pietermaritzburg on January 29 at 15h00.

These uplifting and boldly positive compositions have formed a major part of the Maritzburg-based pianist’s repertoire over the past two decades.

Music Revival, established in October1997, has grown from a series of small intimate concerts to a regular and dependable series of more than 100 concerts annually presented across KwaZulu-Natal, in Johannesburg and the Cape Winelands. These musical events range from home soirees to major festivals and symphony concerts.

The My Favourite Magnificent Classics programme includes: George Frederic Handel's Chaconne in G HWV 435 and Ludwig van Beethoven’s exhilarating ‘Waldstein’ Sonata op 53 - one of his most iconic and revered compositions.

Duigan will also play Claude Debussy’s Reflets dans l'eau (Reflections in the water) and Liszt’s Harmonies du soir from his Transcendental Etudes, a powerful and emotionally resplendent composition. The programme ends with the ‘Heroic’ Polonaise in A-flat Op 53 by Frederic Chopin; one of the composer’s boldest compositions and one which gives voice to a nation’s cry for freedom following the Russian invasion of Poland of 1831.

Tickets for My Favourite Magnificent Classics at the Tatham Art Gallery are R80. For the concert at St Agnes Church, tickets cost R100. Booking is preferred via email at chris@fotag.co.za or by sending an SMS or Whatsapp message to Music Revival at 083 417 4473.

Cafe Tatham will be open from 10h00 and for lunch. Bookings for lunch essential at 033 342 8327. Secure parking is available next to the gallery.

At 11h00 the Tatham Art Gallery will host the opening of the exhibition Faye Spencer: Departures.

Duigan will also perform his My Favourite Magnificent Classics programme at Amber Valley in Howick on January 25 and as a dinner soiree in Pietermaritzburg on January 27. For more information on all these concerts see www.musicrevival.co.za

Saturday, January 21, 2017

OVER EXPOSED



(Veranda Panda)

Art, theatre, dance and music will collide in the heart of Durban when Over Exposed takes centre stage at the Rivertown Shed from January 26 to 28 at 19h00 for 19h30.

Presented by the irrepressible creative David Gouldie, this site-specific interactive performance experience will culminate in a party reminiscent of the heady days of the DDC after-parties at the harbour’s N-Shed.

Expect the unexpected as Gouldie and a cast of Durban’s hottest and most daring performers and DJs take you on a sensory journey, taking a dash of inspiration from Springbok Radio’s iconic Squad Cars – and much more.

The nostalgia culminates after the gala performance on January 28 when the venue transforms into a massive warehouse party featuring some of the country and city’s most exciting acts. Headlined by Crazy White Boy, Sound Language and Veranda Panda, the line-up will also include 330 legend Martin McHale and DJs Funky B, Craig Rude, Cathy Machale, Madlove, DJ Rooinek and Coco Loco.

“The venue at 130 Stalwart Simelane (Stanger) Street will be transformed into a mad and breathtaking world of sensory stimulation overload,” said Gouldie. “For three days only, around 60 of Durban’s hottest artists will come out to play, so plug in your chargers and get your lipstick ready!”

In a unique theatre experience, guests will be taken on a 360 degree multi-media journey of discovery incorporating six stages, television sets and 12 projector screens.

“It will be like being in a movie – fully interactive and packed with surprises,” said Gouldie. “It is about making art in the city that breeds cutting-edge talent. I live, love and breathe Durban and this is a celebration of its creative community – everyone is lending a hand to make this happen.”

Over Exposed tickets R150 for performances on January 26 and 27. Tickets for the gala show and after party on January 28 are R250. A bar and refreshments will be available.

Crazy White Boy’s music has been described as a blend of kwaito and house rhythms with elements of electro, which the duo has coined as “Ghetto Tech”. Their music has earned them multiple gold and platinum selling albums and a Sama nomination for Song of the Year for their hit single Love you Better.

Dynamic Durban duo Veranda Panda, featuring an exciting synergy of violin and electronica, are a hot Durban dance favourite, while Cape Town outfit Sound Language promise to rock the city with their serious beats.

Tickets for the warehouse party only (starting 21h00) are R100 pre-sale or R150 at the door. Tickets are limited, so early booking for all shows is advised. Tickets are available at www.webtickets.co.za

Parking is available at the Durban ICC. For more information go to: www.davidgouldiepresents.co.za