Antjie in Berlin comes to the MarketMarket Theatre Foundation
Pianist Jill Richards and sound technician Shaughn Macrae present Antjie in Berlin in the Market Theatre from October 2 to 14.
Antjie in Berlin takes the audience on an aural journey based on a number of letters written by Antjie Krog while on a residency in Berlin and included in her recent book Begging to be Black.
Part sound installation, part concert performance, it brings the talent of Jill Richards, one of South Africa's premier pianists, together with that of sound technician Shaughn Macrae. Composer Rudiger Meyer builds on the music concealed within the spoken word, creating a space for reflection within a landscape of loudspeakers that take on a nearly sculptural aspect.
Recordings of Antjie Krog reading aloud the letters originally written to her mother form the point of departure for the piece. The letters themselves cover topics from simple descriptions of daily life in a foreign town to deeper reflections on global issues and moral questions.
It is, however, the particular quality of Antjie Krog’s specifically South African voice that plays a crucial role in the composition. How much atmosphere does a voice carry with it and what kind of melodies does it contain? What kind of music could it lead to?
Antjie in Berlin had its premiere at the National Arts Festival in 2012 in Grahamstown.
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