Posts Tagged ‘NAF 2015’

Peter-Dirk Uys revives a familiar old crocodile for his show A Part Hate A Part Love. Photo: CuePix / Jeff Stretton-Bell

People go to see Pieter-Dirk Uys for the same probable reason they go to see the pyramids and the Parthenon: they have been there a very long time; and everyone else is going. And, like those other venerable ruins, you know what to expect, and you know you are seeing history.

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Pops Mohamed performs at the DSG Hall in Grahamstown on 8 July 2015, at the 2015 National Arts Festival. Mohamed performed alongisde Dave Reynolds, Frank Paco, Tony Cedras and Sylvain Baloubeta. (Photo: CUEPIX/Kate Janse van Rensburg)

If you know the kora music of Malian maestro Toumani Diabaté, put it out of your mind. Pops doesn’t play like Diabaté; he plays the kora like the KhoiSan / Bushmen speak. Late in the set he actually references the KhoiSan. If you don’t know the kora, it’s an African gourd-harp. Near the end of the gig (on a tune called, appropriately, Ons Gaat Huis Toe), Mohamed stands on the edge of the stage and plays the long-necked instrument directly at us. Jimi Hendrix could have learnt a thing or two about priapic presentation from Pops!

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“I love dick and I love getting f*cked,” Thabang, one of four gay Jozi twentysomethings in Chomi tells the audience. “Do you have a problem with that? Then f*ck you.”

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Alon Nashman from Theaturtle/Threshold, Richard Jordan Productions, performs in ‘Kafka and Son’ at St. Andrew’s Hall, Somerset Street, Grahamstown, 07 July 2015, at the 2015 National Arts Festival.  ‘Kafka and Son’ was adapted from Franz Kafka’s ‘Letters To his father’ by mark Cassady and alon Nashman. It was choreographed by Claudia Moore and Directed by Mark Cassady. Photo: CuePix/Pearla Berg.

In November 1919, at the age of 36, Franz Kafka wrote a letter to his father, Hermann, describing at length and in tragic detail the many ways in which their relationship had harmed him. He gave the letter to his mother, Julie, to pass on; she refused and returned it to him. The 47-page letter eventually found its way to Kafka’s friend Max Brod, who inherited the author’s manuscripts after his death in 1924, and published it 22 years later. This bit of literary history forms the basis of Mark Cassidy and Alon Nashman’s superb Kafka and Son.

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In a shimmering gold coat, sleek black stockings and a gold beaded head wrap, Kat Kai Kol- Kes’s presence is mesmerizing. Kol-kes takes her audience on a journey with her beautiful voice, intriguing story-telling and charismatic spirit. She pairs this with a dose of power and sass as she commands participation from us, and orders an audience member to act as her temporary back up vocalist – a daunting task, but just as daunting as refusing her instruction.

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Henk Opperman and Magdalene Minnaar perform in Waansin at the Transnet Great Hall.
Photo: CuePix/Kate Janse van Rensburg

Productions like Jaco Bouwer’s Waansin are difficult to review because of their refusal to conform to the conventions of a single genre. The show, which is billed as part of this year’s Main theatre programme, is a medium-bending mix of opera, dance and dramedy that will linger in your mind long after you’ve left your seat. Poised is the perfect adjective for how the whole thing unfolds.

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Evita Bezuidenhout arriving at 1820 Settlers Monument for the 2015 National Arts Festival in Grahamstown. 
(Photo: CuePix/Sithasolwazi Kentane)

Looking more like Angela Merkel than her heroine Marlene Dietrich, Bambi Kellerman took to the Guy Butler Theatre stage yesterday for a bit of late-afternoon pizazz. Kellerman, Pieter-Dirk Uys’s cabaret befok alter ego and younger sibling of Evita Bezuidenhout, described her stage routine as “heavy breathing with storytelling”. It was a fair assessment.

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This year’s Think!Fest sees a host of interesting topics and debates taking place. The events, in Rhodes University’s Eden Grove complex, see a wide range of bright minds coming together to flesh out the problems facing South Africa.

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This piano duo featuring Andre Petersen, a classically trained jazz pianist, and Kathleen Tagg, a classical pianist with an interest in African pianism and unconventional treatment of the piano, is an interesting partnership in a programme that mainly celebrates the sonic essence of Africa.

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Ofentse Motsamai and Sinovuyo Sebakeng appear in Boy: A Note
To A Generation. Photo: CuePix/Tamani Chithambo

Every now and again at the Festival when you have a moment to kill, you take your chances with a production that was not part of your plans, or even on your radar. Sometimes this gamble pays off; more often it doesn’t. With Boy: A Note to a Generation I can happily say that my experience was the former.

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