What's On in Gauteng - August 11 to 19Jennifer de Klerk
Jennifer de Klerk: The King of Waltz, Andre Rieu, is in town with his Johann Strauss Orchestra and the Soweto Gospel Choir on Friday and Saturday.
He is giving two shows in the 13 000-seater Coca Cola. He packed Sun City last year and this time round had to put on an extra show for Joburg, so if you haven’t already booked, you’ve probably lost out.
Instead, you can do your bit to fight cervical and oral cancer on Friday by supporting Dance for A Cure at the Lyric Theatre. Dance companies KMAD, Moving Into Dance, Tribhangi Dance Theatre, Vuyani, Tap Talk Rhythm Company and individuals such as Yolandi Olckers, Kitty Phetla and Kelly Moby are taking part, plus vocal artists Sibongile Mngoma, Fem Belling, Dominique Paccaut and UK talent Charlie Dee under the musical direction of Richard Cock.
New on the boards this week is Rose Red, which opens at Old Mutual Theatre on the Square on Tuesday. It’s the Snow White story with a twist, told from the point of view of the Wicked Queen – is she evil, or simply misunderstood? It stars Dianne Simpson, with Dawid Boverhoff on the piano, and has been acclaimed around the country.
Next weekend the Johannesburg Youth Ballet is at the UJ Arts Centre with a two-act ballet written, composed and choreographed especially for them by Mark Hawkins and Nik Sakellarides with design by Andrew Botha. It’s on from Thursday to Sunday.
Opera comes to the fore in Pretoria with a combined South African and Swiss production of Candide in the Atterbury Theatre next week, on August 18, 19 and 21. Then the TUT students are staging Mozart’s Don Giovanni in the Breytenbach Theatre from Friday, August 17 to 26.
The pulsating Burn the Floor dance spectacular is sizzling at the Joburg Theatre all week. In the Fringe the Youth Development Programme is presenting 21 Poets and a Poem this weekend and Platform 9 from Tuesday to Sunday next week.
It’s also the last week for the unusual and visually awesome Little Foot at the Market Theatre with its mix of humans and hominids across three million years.
Alan Committie is raising laughs in Defending the Caveman at Pieter Toerien’s Montecasino Theatre until September.
At the Wits Main Theatre you can share the solitude of Lonesome George, the last giant saddle-back tortoise in the world in Solitario this week. From Tuesday to Saturday the student show Once Upon a Life, described as a comedy musical about life, death and everything in between, is paying tribute to Lekgetho Sebudi, a Wits technican injured in a mugging at the National Arts Festival.
Also at Wits, music meets machine in What if the Machines were in Control?, when Jonathan Crossley, Jacob Israel and Justin Badenhorst improvise with electronics on Wednesday. Expect some feedback.
On a more classic note, pianist Antonio Pompa-Baldi can be heard at the Johannesburg Musical Society at the Linder tonight and the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra continues their symphony season at the venue on Wednesday and Thursday.
Jennifer de Klerk is editor of Artslink.co.za. For more information on these shows and other events nationwide see www.artslink.co.za