What's On in Gauteng - September 29 to October 7Jennifer de Klerk
Jennifer de Klerk: There are some very different performances on this week, from dance, to book discussions, to improvisation on the piano.
The Danse l’Afrique Danse! Festival opened officially yesterday and there is a very busy programme ahead with five to eight performances daily at venues ranging from Wits, to the Soweto Theatre, to Dance Factory, the Market and the Wits Museum of Art. There are 42 productions in all, from 47 choreographers and 13 countries.
Among the South Africans represented are Jay Pather, Vincent Mantsoe, P.J. Sabbagha Gregory Maqoma and many others. The festival is part of Seasons France - South Africa 2012 & 2013 project.
Tomorrow American Gerald Albright heads the line-up for the Jazz by the River festival on the Vaal with plenty of local bands.
Also tomorrow cellist Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt, accompanied by Bryan Wallick on piano is performing for the Johannesburg Musical Society in the Linder at 5pm, and that afternoon at the Foxwood Theatre in Houghton troubadours Des and Dawn Lindberg are revisiting their favourite numbers over high tea.
From Tuesday pianist Jill Richards is at the Market in a double bill in Antjie in Berlin and Without Time and Place. Antjie is an aural journey based on letters writted by Antjie Krog while on a residency in Berlin, part sound installation, part concert. In Without Time and Place, Jill Richards improvises to intricate abstract drawings created on the spot by artist Marcus Neustetter.
Also at the Market is the Athol Fugard play The Blue Iris, now nearing the end of its run.
Books are under discussion in the Fringe at the Joburg Theatre from Tuesday to Saturday when radio personality Jenny Crwys-Willams comperes In Conversation with South African authors ranging from Khanyi Mbau and Kelly Khumalo, to Jonathan Jansen, plus taking a look at what’s really behind the popularity of 50 Shades of Grey.
Next weekend the Indian dance company Masala Creative are staging their dance spectacular Rang at the Lyric Theatre at Gold Reef City. It’s described as a pulsating, colourful musical journey through Indian classical, Bollywood contemporary, jazz and hip-hop dance.
At Montecasino the David Kramer musical Kat and the Kings is going strong and the MTN Festival is still on with a Bierfest and other activities.
The Barnyards are rocking around the city with various shows, Moonshadows at Rivonia, Seven Wonders at Cresta and Magic of the ‘80s at Boksburg. From October 2 to 7 the original cast of the hugely successful A Handful of Keys – Ian von Memerty and Roelof Colyn – are at the Barnyard Rivonia for 5 shows only.
For the children in the school holidays there is Peter Rabbit and Other Tales at the People’s Theatre and the new children’s musical Goggas at the National Children’s Theatre.
Jennifer de Klerk is editor of Artslink.co.za. For more information on these shows and other events nationwide see www.artslink.co.za