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Tuesday, June 25, 2019


(Left: Samson Pic by Nikki Newton)

Main programme highlights on the first weekend of the National Arts Festival include:

-Brett Bailey’s epic new play SAMSON

-Irish comedian Dylan Moran is bringing his Dr Cosmos world tour to Makhanda.

-Jemma Kahn's brand-new Cellist With Rabies

-The exciting and innovative series of plays DEURnis/Uzwelo in which audience members will have one-on-one experiences of the play.

-The first Festival performances of German Chinese choreographer Hannah Ma’s dance piece, Sylphides.

-2019 Standard Bank Young Artist for Jazz Mandla Mlangeni performs with his band, Tune Recreation Committee.

-Magnet Theatre’s highly anticipated G7: Okwe Bokhwe.

-The world premiere of the intercontinental and interdisciplinary Redsoil/Brown Soil.

(Right: Megan-Geoffrey Prins: musical explorer)

In his solo performance, Metamorphosis: Reflections at the Piano, Standard Bank Young Artist for Music, Megan-Geoffrey Prins says he wants “the audience to experience the familiar (Debussy and Liszt) and the new (Carl Vine), and I am particularly excited about premiering Stellenbosch-based composer Arthur Feder’s work. Often people think of Western art music as being monolithic when, really, there are so many different aspects to it and it has kept evolving for centuries. I think Feder’s work is a testament to the ways in which Western art music can keep transforming and growing.”

Don't miss Prins' performances this Festival:

June 28, 29: Metamorphosis: Reflections At The Piano
June 29: Symphony Concert with the Eastern Cape Philharmonic
July 1, 2: Schubert & Brahms Trios with David Bester (Violin), Caleb Vaughn-Jones (Cello)
July 3: Beau Soir

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