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Tuesday, October 21, 2014


(Vusi Makhanya (centre) in a scene from the production)

An innovative brand new international operatic drama – The Last Anniversary – is the culmination of creative input from five countries. After an extensive European tour, it can be seen in South Africa and Durban is included on its tour when it will be presented at Stable Theatre on October 24 and 25

The Last Anniversary features an original score described as an eclectic combination of beautiful operatic music, and a selection of new fusion-style African and European jazz music in a drama that centres on the racial profiling as encountered in immigration and travels around the world.

The production is the creative component of an initiative known as the Hopes and Memories project. Over the last two years, the Hopes and Memories project has been ongoing between performing arts groups in South Africa, France, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary co-funded by the European Union and the respective partners.

Co-artistic directors Laurent Festas (FR) and Themi Venturas (RSA), who have teamed up to create the dramaturgy of The Last Anniversary, have assembled a cast drawn from all five countries which includes opera singers, actor/ dancers, the musicians and a highly skilled production team.

Durban dancers Vusi Makhanya and Mdu Mtshali team up with Caroline Lemiere, Ikki Hoshino and Bertrand Festas from Euroculture en Pays Gentiane in France, and Ezther Sarlos from Zero Ballet in Hungary to make up the group of actor/dancers. Thabang Edward Phiri from Gauteng and Zenneth Cibane from Durban team up with Till Fechner to provide the operatic voices in the piece.

The Last Anniversary can be seen at the Stable Theatre in Durban on October 24 and 25 at 19h00. Tickets R100 (R50 concessions) booked through Computicket; or phone on 0861 915 8000 or book online at

The production then moves to Johannesburg where it will appear at the Market Theatre from October 30 to November 2.