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Thursday, May 16, 2024

HOME AFFAIRS

 


(Above: Lawrence Joffe & Sello Ramolahloane)

Brace yourself for a comical adventure presented by Sello Ramolahloane and Lawrence Joffe in Home Affairs.

Two men, A government department, A crisis. Brought together by the great unifier, load shedding. forced to talk about more than the weather and the state of power in the country, they find that they might have more in common than they initially imagined. or maybe not. either way, it all comes down to the light bulb. How may South African men will it take to fix it?

What begins as a bureaucratic exchange quickly ignites into a rollercoaster of wit, intrigue, and unexpected friendship, when two men at Home Affairs are plunged into the darkness of load-shedding.

There’s only one performance in the Playhouse Loft on May 18, 2024, at 14h30. Tickets R100. Booking is at Webtickets.

JOMBA! MASIHAMBISANE DIALOGUES

The annual online South African contemporary dance conference JOMBA! MASIHAMBISANE DIALOGUES, hosted by the UKZN’s Centre for Creative Arts’ JOMBA! Contemporary Dance Experience, and taking place from May 22 to 24, 2024, features dance-makers, academics, dancers, educators and researchers from 11 countries including Brazil, Canada, Cape Verde, France, Germany, South Africa, UK, USA, and Zimbabwe. The theme or “provocation” this year is (RE)TURN TO THE DRUM? looking at contemporary dance’s engagements with traditions, cultures, memory, hybridity, and contested identities.

The conference which is free and open to all interested features keynote addresses, panel discussions, as well as “abstracts or papers” presented by participants including:

Dada Masilo, Robyn Orlin, Mamela Nyamza, Vincent Sekwati Mantsoe, and Moeketsi Koena with papers and abstracts presented by 12 participants.

The conference will be streamed live on YouTube on the following link https://www.youtube.com/jomba_dance.

For more information and news as well as the schedule – go to:

https://jomba.ukzn.ac.za/masihambisane-dialogues/

KZN YOUTH ORCHESTRA FUNDRAISER

(Conductor Lykele Temmingh)

The KZN Youth Orchestra will perform a fundraiser concert for the Westville Conservancy on Friday May 24 in the Westville Methodist Church at 18h00.

The KZN Youth Orchestra is home to around 60 young classical musicians, ranging in ages between 10 and 20 who all are quite advanced musically.  Many great musicians have passed through their doors and continue to make their mark in the music industry.

The KZNYO is conducted by Lykele Temmingh, with narration by Cathy Peacock. 

The hour-long concert will encompass a variety of genres including music from the Baroque and Romantic periods, movies and musicals and rock and pop. 


Enjoy music from Swan Lake, The chorus of the Hebrew slaves, Skyfall, How to train your dragon, numbers such as Sweet Caroline and some South African music as well.

Tickets R100 (R80 pensioners and scholars).  Booking is through Quicket. Look for ‘Sunset Concert.’ There will be a coffee barrow outside for refreshments.

Call/ whatsapp Cathy on 0823498362 for more information.

 

KZN PHILHARMONIC 2024 WINTER SEASON

Booking is now open for The KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra’s 2024 Winter Season, featuring a spectacular roster of classical music luminaries. The Season takes place in The Playhouse Opera every Thursday from June 6 to 27, each World Symphony Series concert starting at 19h00.

KZN Philharmonic Season tickets, and bookings for individual concerts, are available at Quicket outlets. For more information call 031-369 9438, email bookings@kznphil.org.za or visit www.kznphil.org.za

There are buses from Caister Lodge (R60 ret / dep 18h20); Westville Senior (R80 ret / dep 18h10; St Agnes Kloof (R100 ret / dep 17h50); Grace Church Umhlanga (R100 / dep 18h10). Book through Quicket / subscribers book through KZNPO offices.

Public are welcome to sit in on the final rehearsal every Thursday morning at 10h00 in the Playhouse Opera. Tickets R50 adults throughout. Unreserved seating.

 

June 6:

Conductor: Brandon Phillips

Soloist: Czech pianist Jan Bartoš

Programme: Haydn’s Symphony No. 59; Mendelssohn’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in D minor; Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony

 

June 13:

Conductor: Yasuo Shinozaki

Soloist: Lyric soprano Bronwyn Forbay

Programme: Bizet, Gounod, Faurė and Cilea; Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No 3.

 

June 20:

Conductor: Daniel Boico

Soloist: American oboist James Austin Smith

Programme: Sir Edward Elgar’s Serenade for Strings; Richard Strauss’s Oboe Concerto; Mozart’s Jupiter Symphony.

 

June 27:

Conductor: Russian born maestro Daniel Raiskin

Soloist: South African pianist Ben Schoeman

Programme: Concert Overture by Swedish composer Elfrieda Andrėe (1841 – 1929); Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No 4; Edvard Grieg’s Symphony in C minor.

 

KZN Philharmonic Season tickets, and bookings for individual concerts, are available at Quicket outlets. For more information call 031-369 9438, email bookings@kznphil.org.za or visit www.kznphil.org.za

There are buses from Caister Lodge (R60 ret / dep 18h20); Westville Senior (R80 ret / dep 18h10); St Agnes Kloof (R100 ret / dep 17h50); Grace Church Umhlanga (R100 / dep 18h10). Book through Quicket / subscribers book through KZNPO offices.

Public are welcome to sit in on the final rehearsal every Thursday morning at 10h00 in the Playhouse Opera. Tickets R50 adults throughout. Unreserved seating.

 

SUZY STENGEL WITH ANDREW WARBURTON

 

(Right: Suzy Stengel)

Friends of Music present internationally-acclaimed soprano Suzi Stengel with Andrew Warburton on piano, at the Durban Jewish Centre on Sunday May 19 at 14h30.

Audiences are invited on a journey through a diverse landscape of music spanning multiple centuries and styles. 

From the lush Romanticism of Duparc and Liszt to the shimmering impressionism of Debussy and the dramatic operatic arias of Verdi and Bellini, this concert promises to be a feast for the senses. Prepare to be moved, inspired, and transported by this unforgettable musical experience.

 

(Left: Andrew Warburton)

Suzi Stengel was born in Italy and raised in South Africa as part of the well-known Stengel family. Her talent quickly gained her recognition, leading to numerous soloist performances both on South Africa and Sydney, Australia where she now lives. She is back to collaborate once again with Andrew Warburton, who is acknowledged as one of the finest solo pianists and accompanists in South Africa.

Tickets R140 (R120 FOM members) available at the door

For more information contact millark.millar@gmail.com or phone 0715051021 (Keith)

The Durban Jewish Centre is at 44 KE Masinga Road in Durban.

 

COMEDY CLUB: THE FINAL COMEDY FRONTIER

 

(Aaron McIlroy)

Aaron McIlroy’s latest one-man show - Comedy Club – the Final Comedy Frontier premiers at the Elizabeth Sneddon theatre from May 15 to 26, 2024.

This latest Macbob Production boldly goes where no show has gone before. 

Conceived and written by the same team that brought you Classical Comedy. Darren King and Aaron McIlroy leave no stone unturned in their dogged search for the funny bone in this latest comedic triumph.

McIlroy’s schizophrenic artistic talents are stretched to their limits in this comedy marathon. 


Set in an international comedy venue, he portrays a wild selection of eclectic comedians from all corners of the globe. These new comedic characters will have you in fits of laughter and McIlroy dangerously close to a straitjacket and electro-shock therapy.

Comedy Club runs at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre, on UKZN campus from May 15 to 26, 2024.

The shows will be at 19h00 with a 14h00 matinee on Saturday and Sunday.

Bookings through Webtickets – online or Pick N Pay & Boxer Stores.

 

TAMASA WALKABOUT

 


(Above: Image from "Travel With Me En Plein Air")

Tamasa Gallery invites patrons to the second walkabout by Ana Pereira de Vlieg of her current exhibition Travel With Me En Plein Air.

The walkabout will take place on May 18, 2024, at 11h00.

Tamasa Gallery is situated at 740 Currie Road in Durban. Telephone: 031 2071223

JOURNEY: REVIEW


I have hope that this celebration of 21 years will be the start of another 21 years for contemporary dance and for Flatfoot Dance Company. (Review by Verne Rowin Munsamy)

There are very few contemporary dance companies still being funded by government or still in operation in Durban. This is a continuous battle for dance enthusiasts and practitioners to remain a vital part of the arts community. This said, Flatfoot Dance Company celebrates their 21st anniversary this year. A remarkable feat when most contemporary dance companies have dissolved. Reaching adulthood gives us hope that contemporary dance has a firm standing in the arts community.

I, for one, am a proud supporter of everything Flatfoot and I have had the honour of following this company since its inception in 2002. The invaluable work that Flatfoot endeavours, stretches far beyond the stage with the company teaching workshops in schools and doing outreach in remote areas of KwaZulu-Natal, reinforcing gender rights to the youth through dance. Flatfoot has managed to take contemporary dance to 'underprivileged' areas and created a space for performance and education through dance.

To celebrate this milestone anniversary, Flatfoot presented JOURNEY at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre this past weekend. There were two dance pieces, the first was SORITA (traces), choreographed by Gaby Saranouffi from Madagascar. Traces depicts the life journeys that we embark on and it reflects where we have come from and where we are headed to. The movement is derived from the movement found on a board game called 'diam-panorona' where pieces move diagonally, horizontally and vertically. This board game aesthetic is maintained through the columns, square blocks, vertical and diagonal beams of light.

The rapid movement carries through in hand gestures and a visually versatile expression of movement and agility that creates multiple focal points. This piece represents the human spirit to push ourselves beyond our limits and to compete to succeed in our efforts to accomplish our goals. I enjoyed the juxtaposition of shadows and light that sliced through the silhouette of the body. Saranouffi notes that this too is the 21st anniversary of this dance work as it had been reproduced numerous times of the years in myriad contexts with new movement and dance added every time.

The second dance piece, choreographed by Dr Lliane Loots and the Flatfoot dancers is titled, 'the salt on my skin' and is a piece that resonates the intimacies of everyday lives. Loots explains that "we often mistake intimacy as being only about romance and sex, and while this may be true, the intimacies of raising children, being a mother or father, or mourning lost family and friends, of waking up each day to come to work, of sweating in a studio as we dance through this all, is a shared intimacy that the Flatfoot dancers have given me". The duet in a square block of light exemplified the intimacies of love. I enjoyed the fluidity in the movement and the passion displayed between the dancers. I particularly loved the ebb and flow of movement.

The intimacies of shame were experienced through duets on stage. The piece ends with the intimacies of hope, a rightful ending to this delicious dance piece. It leaves us with hope for the dancers and hope that perhaps this battle that artists fight for funding will have a fruitful ending.

As always, I enjoyed the lighting design by Wesley Maherry. The Flatfoot dancers Jabu Sipika (who only gets stronger with age), Zinhle Nzama (poised as always), Siseko Duma (with refined fluidity), Ndumiso Dube (showing great agility) and Sbonga Ndlovu (showing sturdy strength) were accompanied by special guest, returning dancer Tshediso Kabulu (who always exhibits wonderful technique on stage).

I wish that this show was supported more than it was on opening night. I have hope that this celebration of 21 years will be the start of another 21 years for contemporary dance and for Flatfoot Dance Company. - Verne Rowin Munsamy

Tuesday, May 14, 2024

JOSEPH CLARK – THE MUSIC OF QUEEN


 

(Joseph Clark – Pic supplied)

Prepare to be captivated by Joseph Clark’s dynamic and electrifying renditions of Queen’s iconic hits. Following sensational sold-out shows across The Netherlands and Belgium, Joseph Clark is ecstatic to make his triumphant return to The Playhouse in Durban with Joseph Clark – The Music of Queen!

Teaming up with the incomparable guitar virtuoso Axe Lourens, Clark is set to deliver a spine-tingling rendition of Queen’s iconic hits that will have you on the edge of your seat.

From the anthemic chants of We Will Rock You to the pulsating rhythm of Another One Bites The Dust, and the soul-stirring balladry of Somebody To Love, every moment promises to be a sonic spectacle.

Brace yourself for an unforgettable night filled with classics like We Are The Champions, Under Pressure, Bohemian Rhapsody, and an array of other timeless gems that will leave you craving more.

This is not just a concert; it’s an immersive journey into the heart and soul of pure rock.

Joseph Clark – The Music of Queen has a short run on May 17 at 19h00 and May 18 at 14h30 in the Playhouse Opera Theatre.

Tickets R250 booked through Webtickets.

For more information visit the Playhouse website https://playhousecompany.com/

 

Saturday, May 11, 2024

ISMAIL MAHOMED RECEIVES KANNA AWARD

 

(Right: Ismail Mahomed. Pic supplied)

At the annual Kanna Awards, the Centre for Creative Arts Director, Ismail Mahomed, was awarded a Special Recognition Award by the Kanna Awards for his service on the Board of the ABSA KKNK Festival.

Mahomed has served on the board of the ABSA KKNK Festival for seven years and will be stepping down from the Board this year. 

In his acceptance speech, he said: “During my seven years I have been witness to how the ABSA KKNK festival has grown over the past 28 years from its conservative past to becoming one of the most progressively inclusive South African festivals where talent development is genuine and not a tickbox exercise; a place where the Board and Management work respectfully with each other by supporting each other; and a place where partners & funders work together collaboratively to support a common purpose and shared vision to anchor the growth of the arts”.

Mahomed received the Award alongside ABSA KKNK chairperson, Mr Crispin Sonn.

For more information on the Centre for Creative Arts, click on the advertisement to the right of this article.

Friday, May 10, 2024

LU DLAMINI & MARIUS BOTHA AT ST CLEMENTS

 

Lu Dlamini and Marius Botha will be performing at St Clements Musgrave on Saturday May 11, 2024.

St Clements is a prime sport in Durban where you can meet with friends or colleagues to Dine, for drinks, or just to listen to music.

Covid destroyed a lot of things but also brought many things to life. Lu and her band had an outreach programme that took music to schools and was supported by Marius and his Headroom Studio.

As the world locked down, they stayed home with their guitars and Umakhweyana. A duo was born and today they produce original songs. A treat for people who really appreciate original Music.

The show starts at 18h30.

Because of limited space, bookings are essential -  call St Clements on 031 202 2511

For more information visit www.ludlamini.co.za or Tel: 031 4590840 or Mobile: 0837166990 or https://soundcloud.com/lu-dlamini

 

THE ADDAMS FAMILY MUSICAL!


 Thomas More College presents: The Addams Family, A Musical Comedy from May 15 to May 17, 2024, at Thomas More College in Kloof.

Calling all lovers of the kooky and macabre! Get ready for a hauntingly hilarious good time at the upcoming production of The Addams Family Musical! This full-scale high school performance will bring the beloved spooky family to life with a whirlwind of laughter and toe-tapping tunes.

Join Gomez and Morticia in their celebration of all things Addams, as Wednesday Addams challenges the status quo of the clan with a shocking secret: a normal boyfriend!

Witness Uncle Fester's madcap schemes, Pugsley's love for all things gruesome, and a family dinner to die for (of laughter, that is). This wacky musical is packed with catchy songs and unforgettable characters, making it a perfect night for the whole family (those who like a touch of the bizarre, of course).

Don't miss your chance to snap up tickets -they're sure to disappear faster than Gomez's love for a quick tango!

Shows take place on May 15, 16 and 17 at 18h30 at Thomas More College, Peter Habberton Hall. For tickets and more information, visit quicket on https://qkt.io/HDN58X

By arrangement with DALRO (PTY) LTD

Thomas More College is situated in 15 Sykes Road in Kloof