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Monday, July 4, 2016


(David Viviers & Emma Kotze. Pic by CuePix 2014 - Stephanie-Papini)

(Reviews from the artSMart team currently in Grahamstown at the 2016 National Arts Festival)

Salt is tender but at the same time powerful performance. (Review by Khinali Bagwandeen)

Salt has been considered one of the best performances to be brought to the National Arts Festival. Winner of the 2015 Standard Bank Ovation Award, Salt has returned to the festival and once again it has lived up the audiences’ expectations.

Written and directed by Wynne Bredenkamp, Salt tells the story of a schizophrenic woman and her experiences upon meeting her new doctor who attempts to unravel the meaning behind his patient’s disorder, little does he realise that this could open doors that should stay closed.

The show features Emma Kotze who plays the lead character Aya. Aya who is captured by the presence of her doctor who reminds her of someone from her past, played by David Viviers, and she is shadowed by her protective brother Raiyu, played by Shaun Gabriel Smith.

The performance is an emotional one and uses a combination of physical theatre and realism to carefully reflect the chemistry, pain, strength and beauty of the characters and their unassuming circumstances. It can almost be considered magical, in the way that the movements tie together with the mystery behind the main plot.

Salt is tender but at the same time powerful performance. The choreographed movements between characters Aya and Raiyu are exceptional, and there is no question as to why Salt has been brought back to the festival once last time.

Salt will run every day till July 9 at 19h00 in Princess Alice Hall. – Khinali Bagwandeen

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