What's On in Gauteng - July 28 to August 4Jennifer de Klerk
Jennifer de Klerk: Today Boksburg is bouncing with 500 marimba players letting loose at the National Marimba Festival at St Dominic’s School.
And if you miss this one, the International Marimba and Steelpan Festival is at Bishop Bavin School in Bedfordview on Tuesday, July 31.
There will be more pulsating rhythms on Wednesday when the international show Burn the Floor opens at the Joburg Theatre. This is ballroom dancing the way your granny never did it. If you learnt, solemnly prancing up and down the lounge under her eagle eye; or more daringly at a dance studio, you will recognise some of the moves – waltz, cha-cha, quick step, rumba, tango … but that’s probably as far as it goes.
This is ballroom for the now generation, polished, sultry, sexy, sensual, you name it. The show was a sensation last year and now it is back.
This weekend several shows come to an end. There is still time to catch Le Corsaire at the Joburg Theatre today and tomorrow. It is a joint venture by South African Ballet Theatre and Mzansi Productions, now combining into one company South African Mzansi Ballet.
The rhino play, Horn of Sorrow, and the Boer War musical Ons Vir Jou, are both finishing at the State Theatre in Pretoria.
At Wits the Drama for Life SA Season has been running all week and is coming to an end.
However one show, The Line, which delves into the reasons and aftermath of xenophobia, is at the Market Theatre until August 12.
Also at this venue is one of the must-sees of the moment – Little Foot – a powerfully visual piece of theatre that spans three million years and asks some intriguing questions.
Equally powerful is the intellectually challenging Red, now at the Old Mutual Theatre on the Square.
Both the musical Cabaret and Jonathan Roxmouth’s Topsy Turvy are in their last week at the Montecasino complex.
At the UJ Arts Centre you can see a series of short South African plays, entitled SA Shorts, from Tuesday and all next week.
At Wits, US is a devised cast and director collaboration tracing the journeys of women, running on Friday and Saturday.
On Friday the Fringe Theatre at the Joburg Theatre complex is opening its doors to four acoustic singer/songwriters, Laurie Levine, Matthew van der Want, Chris Letcher and Gill Hockman
On Friday and Saturday songstress Lira is at the Lyric Theatre with all her latest numbers.
On Saturday, the Gugulethu Tenors are headlining the annual Afrikaanse musiekfees at Carnival City with a host of other top performers.
Other music news is that the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra has kicked off its third symphony season, running at the Linder Auditorium on Wednesday and Thursday nights each week and in Pretoria every fortnight.
Jennifer de Klerk is editor of Artslink.co.za. For more information on these shows and other events nationwide see www.artslink.co.za