Anele Mhlahlo 21 years old was born in cape town, grew up in Hout Bay Imizamo Yethu and matriculated at Camps Bay high school. He is currently working towards his Fellowship through Trinity College of Music London, studying with Prof Jack de Wet.
He began playing the violin at the age of 12 in 2004, at the Hout Bay Music Project. 2007 was a major high light. He spent the year studying with Marc Uys (first violinist of Sontonga string Quartet, Cape Town) preparing for acceptance by Marc’s former teacher Prof Jack de Wet prior to Marc’s emigrating to New York. During this year he was also the concert master of MIAGI(Music is a great investment) youth orchestra, although only 15 years was the youngest-ever concert master . In 2008 he passed a successful audition and became a full time pupil of Prof Jack de Wet.
Anele has performed as a soloist with Hout Bay Music Project, Cape Philharmonic orchestra and world renown musicians violinist Philippe Graffin, Maestro Benjamin Zander (Chief conducter of Boston Philharmonic orchestra),David Juritz(concert master of London Mozart Players), Maestro Conrad van Alphen. He has received master classes from Maxim Vengerov,Daniel Rowland and Philippe Graffin.
Anele plays a fine 18th century French violin bought for him by the David Graff foundation and MIAGI.
Barry van Zyl & Daniel Bloem
NATIVE RHYTHM: Two musicians performing and talking A rhythmic journey around the planet. Interactive and fun. Dynamic and Melodic. Exciting new compositions and exhilarating performances. Cultural influences Southern Africa,Holland,Indonesia,China,Italy,Caribbean,Brasil,West Africa. Purpose To have fun with drums and grooves, and to tap into rhythm and movement in music and life. Everyone has this. Naturally encoded The rhythms of the seasons, oceans, the human body. Cities and freeways to beaches and forests. Rhythm is universal. A performance and workshop aimed at: School Music departments (junior and high) University Music Departments Cultural centers The corporate sector for inspiration and team building Concerts and festivals.
Dizu Plaatjies is the founder and former leader of the South African group, Amampondo. He is a graduate of the University of Cape Town School of Music and now lectures in their Department of Ethnomusicology in African Music. Since leaving Amampondo he has started a new ensemble called Ibuyambo. Dizu and the new group have presented numerous shows in a number of European countries, and perform regularly in South Africa.
Plaatjies is the son of an African traditional healer and late lady teacher Ntombiza, has himself been initiated in the Xhosa/Pondo tribal tradition. His interest in African percussion music has taken him to numerous countries on the continent with the result that he now owns a substantial collection of handmade musical instruments from sub-Saharan Africa. His latest recordings made for the label Mountain Records, entitled, Ibuyambo (2005) and African Kings (2008), illustrate this knowledge and interest.
Jori Snell is a physical performing-artist and director from Holland/Denmark (1972), and the founder of Baba Yaga Theatre. Educated at Institutet för Scenkonst in Italy and Nordisk Teaterskole in Denmark.
Since 1998 she works as a freelance performer and educator in Europe and is Cape Town based since 2008. Companies she has worked with or is affiliated to are: Odin Teatret (Denmark), Corona la Balance (Denmark), Panthéâtre (affiliated to Roy Hart Theatre, France). In South Africa she has worked with companies such as FTH:K (Performer in ‘Quack’), Ubom! (Director of ‘Door’ in 2011), Remix Dance Company, (Director of ‘Skin’ 2012), and has taught at the Drama & Dance Departments of Cape Town and Rhodes, as well as many other institutions.
Her solo-productions: ‘Inua’ and ‘Kitchen Fables in a Cookie Jar’ have been presented at national festivals and toured internationally (Denmark, Colombia, and soon in Argentina/Uruguay) and have been the recipient of several awards.
Baba Yaga Theatre combines physical theatre with fairytales, myth, poetry, use of objects, and the creation of magic visual pictures.
Louise Howlett & Albert Combrink
Louise Howlett (Soprano) & Albert Combrink (Pianist & Musical Director) presents "Moonlight Serenade"
Well known soprano Louise Howlett and pianist/presenter Albert Combrink present journey of love, lost and found in the night. Moonlight Serenade features favourite songs of the night from opera, classical and musicals genres. Titles include Dvorak’s ‘Song to the Moon’, Villa-Lobos' "Bachianas Brasileiras #5", Lloyd Webber’s ‘Music of the Night’ and Howard’s ‘Fly me to the Moon’ and many more, including tracks from their CD Night Sessions. The duo have built up a reputation for bridging the gap between classical music and popular audiences, and in their programmes, Schoenberg and Sondheim stand side by side.
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Punishment: She was beside herself! She felt furious! Bewildered! Powerless...! She could never have thought that at her age she 'd still be prey to such strong emotions. It was not in her nature, Vera's. Never had been. But apparently the limit had been reached, a boundary overstepped. This was it. Enough is enough.
How does it feel if the punishment meted out does not fit the crime? One spring day in 1998 Vera finds herself facing that dilemma. It's a cold day, the sun is shining and the daffodils are dancing.
Written and performed by master storyteller Peter De Graef, who also performed Sweet Revenge dureing the 2009 edition of Voorkamerfest. Straf had its opening night in 2011 in the presence of HM Queen Beatrix. During earlier editions of Voorkamerfest other MATZER productions were Sweet Revenge, 111, The red shoes and Augustus.
‘Sweet Revenge, a brilliant one-man play by Peter De Graef, an award-winning Dutch actor. This was our favourite on a day of excellent shows!’ (www.backtosa.com)
Written and performed by Peter De Graef
Directed by Madeleine Matzer
Music composed by Helge Slikker
Technical design by Job Jutten
Costume-design by Ilse Vermeulen
Styling by Saskia van der Linden
Translated into English by Hans Matzer
Micheal Kudakwashe is a comedian, actor,mc,voiceover artist....therefore unemployed.. has been in the business for 14 loooong yrs, has traveled as far afield as scotland 2006, vermont USA 2009 and has been a participant/actor in the HARARE FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS for 12yrs.....
Miss Molly & Me
Miss Molly & Me is doing well, very well! This duo’s moving on. Two and a half year ago they appeared out of the blue with their debut album ‘Rewind and say hello’. Last year they played over 30 concerts in theaters throughout The Netherlands, were invited to the biggest Dutch talkshow ‘De Wereld Draait Door’ en they we’re support act for the Dutch international pop-band ‘Moke’.
Beauty lies in the details, the everyday, you usually pass by. Until someone reminds you of it. Such a singer-songwriter is Helge Slikker, known for his band ‘Storybox’ and his award for Best Musical Score for the movie ‘Kauwboy’. And singer and actress Marlijn Weerdenburg is just like that. LINDA. Magazine was charmed by their enthousiasm and songs and adapted them as monthly musical collumnists.
Influenced by artists like Cash & Carter, Sufjan Stevens and the Beatles each song is a chapter, a dream, an adoration, a fear, an adventure. Miss Molly & Me stands for authentic acoustic music accompanied by harmonious vocals and subtle humor. As where Helge is the modest musician, Marlijn appears to be the femme vocale that draws the audience without hesitation into the world of Miss Molly & Me.
2013 is all bout their trips around the world (New York, Rome, Milan, Florence, Cape Town and Darling), a theatre production, a new album and a new exciting Dutch tour across the country. You can’t really miss them, if you’ve got eyes and ears!
Mixed Mense is a practical performance Hip Hop school that Emile YX? started with kids from Heal the Hood Project and Shaquile Southgate who have been working with from Lavender Hill for the last 8 years. Stefan aka B-boy Mouse and Leroy Phillips aka B-boy Malis have been teaching for Heal the Hood Project in various communities.
Last year Emile assisted the British Council by sharing a concept called “Mixing it Up”. The idea was to combine Hip Hop culture dance styles with local dance styles and music like Zulu traditional, Namastap, S’bujwa, Gumboot, Pantsula and others. Prior to sharing this concept for the play, Emile had run a website called “Mixed Mense” that dealt with the search for identity and sense of self-worth among the positive s-called coloured community. The site showed that if all people came from Africa, then we are all African and that RACE IS AN ILLUSION, but in South Africa the impact Apartheid’s racism still stereotypes races according the lies of its time. The only way to change this is to learn about each other and see that we are more similar than different. This is the learning process that I am taking these youths through in a way of healing their heads about themselves. I have taught them the skills of rapping and break-dancing, now I wish heal their heads and become confident men.
Mr Cat & the Jackal
"The unputdownable band, Mr Cat & the Jackal is taking a break from recording, inventing, writing, staging and touring to go back to their small town roots. Over the years, the warmth and heartiness of the more intimate shows in smaller boondocks have made the misplaced musicians long for the friends they never had. Therefore they have decided to rework some songs, rewrite a set and reset their course for an all out, all in small scale 3-piece Winter Tour. Fire, red wine and story telling will be ever present in Darling territory designed for heart, head and ears. "
Nathan Trantraal was born in Cape Town in 1983. He made his debut in 2003 with his brother, Andre,with their first comic strip, Urban Tribe, for the Cape Argus. In 2008 Tafelberg published the graphic novel Stormkaap: Drome kom altyd andersom uit.. Then Jincom publishers published Coloureds. Currently he writes the weekly strip The Richenbaums for the Cape Times. Chokers and survivors is Nathan's debut book of poetry.
Ottoman Slap Band
"Ottoman Slap Band"
Cape towns Original Middle Eastern Gypsy Fusion Band!
Ottoman Slap brings you original sounds evoking a rich span of moods ranging from the sultry depths of the Middle East to the meandering slopes of the Balkan hills.
This five-piece troupe recently sprung from the Capetonian creative woodwork at last year's Rocking the Daisies and boasts a horde of delights:
Raoul Spiegel: saxaphone, flute, saw
James van Minnen: middle eastern percussion, drums, mandolin
Raoul Smorenburg: accordion
Callan Wolff: double bass
Marissa Cuenoud: percussion and dance
Pieter Bosch Botha
Fully Committed: Fresh from a hugely successful run in Johannesburg’s Theatre on the Square, PIETER BOSCH BOTHA returns to Cape Town to play 36 characters in Becky Mode’s Off-Broadway hit comedy show, “Fully Committed”. Having received rave reviews in Cape Town, Johannesburg and originally New York, including the NY Times, and listed as one of Time Magazine’s Top 10 plays of 2000, this is a hilarious look behind the scenes of a fictional five star restaurant. This devastatingly funny one act follows a day in the life of Sam Cooper, an out-of-work actor who mans the red-hot reservation line at Cape Town's number one restaurant. Desperate callers will stop at nothing, coercion, threats, bribes, and histrionics, in their zeal to land a prime reservation. Meanwhile absentee managers, an oversexed maître d’ and the celebrity chef from hell threaten to drive Sam over the edge. One restaurant, one actor, 36 characters, and over 200 character changes. Award-winning Director, MEGAN FURNISS, and Bosch Botha have cleverly localized the story in a way that never seems forced and adds new layers of comedy.
Schalk Joubert & Ronan Skillen
Two of South Africa's most sought after and diverse musicians team up for a very unique experience in rhythm and sound. Bassist/composer Schalk Joubert has travelled and performed all over the world. He has toured with numerous artists ranging from well-known American rock musicians in the USA, Australia and Europe to headlining world music and jazz festivals with his own groups in places like Europe, Borneo and Malaysia. Irish born Ronan Skillen has studied percussion in Africa, India and Australia and has worked with artists ranging from Rodriguez, Johnny Clegg to Babu and various European jazz and world music groups. What unites them is their unique and creative approaches to their instruments that results in a sonic and rhythmic experience that seems impossible to believe that it is organically created by only the two people in front your eyes.
The Cape Celtic Dance Company
The Cape Celtic Dance Company was established 5 years ago by teacher and choreographer Lindy Raizenberg. The company has provided an outlet for young Irish dancers to step into the semi-professional arena of Irish show dancing.
All members both, male and female compete in Irish feisianna or competitions, at regional, national and international levels. Each dancer’s goal is to qualify and dance at the Oireachtas Rince na Ruinne, the World Irish Dance Championships held annually across the United Kingdom, and most recently in Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
The dancers’ dedication and commitment to their art form is evident in their passionate drive to better themselves in this disciplined, infectious and addictive dance discipline. The performance will present an overview of the exciting world of Irish dance as well as highlight the differences between competitive and show dancing. Irish music from the traditional foot-tapping reels to the inspiring music by Riverdance composer Bill Whelan will transport the audience into the world of rhythm and dance.
Theatre for Africa
Written and Directed by: Nhlanhla Mkhwanazi, from a story by Nicholas Ellenbogen of ‘Theatre For Africa.”
When you fly all over Africa, you will see huge stone circles that used to be the home of our ancestors. Deep in the forests and out in the open plains, you will see dead rotten meat and bones turning to white powder. But, you will never see the tusks; the elephant is still paying back its debt to men.
“MEMORY,” tells a story about why Man kills the elephant.
Zanne Stapelberg & Philippus Hugo
Zanne Stapelberg is one of South Africa’s most prolifically talented and engaging artists. She sang her first lead role in a opera at age 22. In 2008 she was the recipient of the Standard Bank Young Artist Award for Music. She has not only sang in numerous opera’s but has collaborated with artists like Lady Smith Black Mambazo, Mandoza,Karen Zoid, Sibongile Khumalo, Melanie Scholtz and Elvis Blue.
In 2012 she released the album, Soul of Fire, with acclaimed New York based pianist, Kathleen Tagg. Being in demand all around South Africa, Zanne travels frequently and therefore decided to name the production for the Darling fest ‘Yes! Good to go….!!!’ Philippus Hugo will be her accompanist on piano. After obtaining his M.Mus degree, Philippus focused his talent on accompanying. He is regularly performing all around South Africa as piano Accompanist for festivals and Classical Music Competitions. He has performed as guest accompanist in Maputo at the International Maputo Music Festival where he performed with American opera singers.
In 2012 Philippus performed at the Harare International music fest. He is currently resident accompanist at the Conservatorium at US. He and Zanne have been working together for the past 5 years and for ‘Yes! Good to go…!!!’ they compiled a programme that will include well known opera arias and more light classical songs. The variety of songs will take the audience from a tear to a big smile on their faces. The zeal with which Zanne approaches her performances proves that she does not see her craft as a job or calling- it is far more than that- her passion for performance is the essential ingredient in her life. Together with Philippus their performance will be exhilarating, exciting and memorable!!!!!
Born and bred in the cosmopolitan city of Bloemfontein (well, less 'Cosmopolitan' more 'Huisgenoot'), Anne is (af)fluent in Afrikaans and English and her distinct style of humour is clean and family friendly.With her tongue firmly in cheek her idiosyncratic humour takes us on a quick-punning journey from Bloemfontein to Cape Town.
Anne van Veene
After completion of her studies at the School for Drama & Contemporary Music Theatre in Amsterdam, Anne blossomed in her very first theatre program, Anne. She stands out through her (song) texts, her fresh observations and her disarming purity. Her engaging voice has already lead to her first CD, titled Bij Mij. In 2010 she toured not only the Netherlands but Belgium as well with her 2nd theatre program, Wilde Lucht. She is currently writing her 3rd program, Tegengif. With great enthusiasm she is seeking out her own path between sweet-voiced cabaret and whimsical pop. At this year’s Voorkamerfest, Anne will present a specially adapted Dutch/Afrikaans musical program together with pianist Jasper Slijderink and multi- instrumentalist Marnix Dorrestein, under the direction of Joanne Swaan, and with a surprising final chord specifically arranged for this festival.
Bliksemstraal, mc, bboy (breakdancer) and one of the creators of Afrikaaps, an international award winning hiphopera focusing on the identity of south asfrikaners and their colonial masters Netherlands. For nearly 30 years of hip-hop in SA, Bliksem enjoyed the last 20.apearing "Opie SCENE ". African hiphop indaba and battle of the year international were of the first competitions he won more than once.tv shows like MK89 hiphop show and SABC tv. Bliksem's vibrant and energetic presence and performance experience is all thanks to years of touring with Brasse VANNIE KAAP and POCs Ramone and READY D as a bboy (dancer) and mc.
Saxophonist, Dan Shout is one of the most in demand saxophonists in Cape Town and is well known for his performances with Johnny Clegg, Magic Carpet Ride, Haydn Gardner & The Hot Shots and his own Jazz Fusion project, SHOUT. Dan has performed in Europe, Scandinavia, North America, North Africa, Southern Africa, the Middle East, Seychelles, West Indies and Australasia. Some of his highlights have included performing with the South African National Youth Jazz Band at the North Sea Jazz Festival in The Hague (2004), the Johnny Clegg band at the 2006 Soccer World Cup in Germany, the 2007 Rugby World Cup in France, Nelson Mandela's 46664 Concert at Ellis Park (2007), Festival Rhythm Africaine in Bastille, Paris for Bastille Day (2007), Festival Paleo in Nyon, Switzerland (2010), Johnny Clegg 30th Anniversary, Johannesburg & Cape Town (2010/2011), the Human Tour of the U.S.A. and Canada (2011 & 2012) and the Montreal Jazz Festival (2012) to name a few. Dan teaches saxophone at the University of Cape Town, is a session musician, presents workshops and clinics and is a featured guest with various projects around town. Dan released his second album, “Serenading Ghosts” which was recorded in Kolmanskop Ghost Town in Namibia in June 2012. Gorm Helfjord is a Norwegian guitarist based in Cape Town. He is a graduate of the University of Cape Town and has since worked with some of the biggest names in jazz, both in Norway and South Africa, including songstress Melanie Scholtz, trumpeter Marcus Wyatt, the Symphonic Rocks concert series and is the guitarist in Dan’s jazz project, SHOUT. Gorm recently returned from a three month tour of China with High School Musical. Gorm’s virtuosic guitar playing is unique and draws on wide influences including European and African jazz, rock, blues and ethnic music styles.
Darling Drama Queens
The Darling iAfrica Drama Queens have been a regular feature at the Voorkamerfest since 2006. This year they bring ‘The Strike’ with a twist, to Darling ‘The Strike ‘ Ivy Johnson, Sary Vlotman Directed by: Madeleine Matzer Music: Helge Slikker Film: Stefan Hurter Projection: Job Jutten
Singer-songwriter and author Koos Kombuis became famous as part of a group of maverick anti-establishment Afrikaans musicians who, under the name “Voëlvry” toured across South Africa in the 1980’s to “liberate Afrikaans from the shackles of its past”. Accompanied only by his acoustic guitar, his music is folky and raw, the lyrics often satirical and biting. He has performed and collaborated with many renowned musicians, such as Vusi Mahlasela, Amanda Srydom, Syd Kitchen, Schalk Joubert and Stef Bos. Koos released his latest album, dertien, in 2012, departing slightly from his usual povocative ways to present songs with a spiritual theme, though still cutting and brutally honest in content. Koos will perform English and Afrikaans songs giving an overview of his repertoire at the 2012 Voorkamerfest.
Lizz Meiring,multi awardwinning actress, theatre director, producer, author, presenter and dramatist, regards herself as a storyteller. LOUNGE LIZZIE , is the celebration of stories,- some true, some really tall –short sketches of what happens in people’s lounges. It boasts an array of eccentric characters bemoaning, bewitched, bedazzled and bemused by life’ s strange twists of fate. Humour, vivid imagination, pathos, satire, tragedy and vibrant originality make this a home visit not to be missed.
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Credits: Written by Peter De Graef Directed by Madeleine Matzer Performed by Hanna Jansen Composed by Helge Slikker Costume design by Ilse Vermeulen Technical design by Job Jutten Translation by Hans Matzer Photography by Karin Jonkers. I get my red shoes out of my rucksack and I start dancing. I float, I fly, but I am not feeling totally happy, nor deeply contented… and yet I keep dancing until all other things disappear. I have turned into music. Directed by Madeleine Matzer, actress Hanna Jansen tells the story of a little girl, who has nothing but the happiness she feels whilst dancing on her self-made red shoes. One day a limousine rides into her life. She exchanges her happiness for a better, richer life and she lets go of her red shoes. Only to find out afterwards that there is no way back for her. Author Peter De Graef rewrote Hans Christian Andersen’s classic fairy tale and transformed it into a contemporary play, which now balances between a modern fairy tale and a recognizable story of how our own life is full of incessantly making plans. In recent years MATZER also performed Sweet Revenge, 111 and Augustus during previous editions of Voorkamerfest. This production was established with the support of: Fonds Podiumkunsten, Provincie Noord-Brabant, Gemeente ’s-Hertogenbosch, WesterToren Innovations, iKi Beer.
Mawonga Gayiya is a talented young magician from the College of Magic in Cape Town. From Khayelitsha to Las Vegas, 20-year old Mawonga has developed his own fun and exciting style of magic that is both mystifying and engaging. Luzuko Bedi promises to astonish with his extraordinary feats of dexterity. His exuberant juggling act highlights his original take on this centuries-old artform. The College of Magic is a unique performance arts training institution which utilises innovative magic, juggling and drama training as part of its holistic educational programme. Young performers, many of whom are from disadvantaged backgrounds, experience the many benefits of these artistic endeavours which develops self-confidence, fine motor co-ordination, presentational and entrepreneurial skills.
The inimitable Michele Maxwell brings her dynamic mix of musical and acting skills to the Voorkamerfest this year.As a musician she is one of South Africa’s top singer/ pianist, and has performed extensively both here and abroad. She has worked as a musical director; pianist with the Johannesburg national symphony orchestra; and done numerous cabarets and collaborative projects. Her acting versatility ranges from comedy to serious dramatic roles and she has become a household name for her TV appearances in series such as ‘Fishy Feshuns’, ‘Isidingo’ (Bubbles), and most recently in ‘Scandal’ (Abigail). She currently teaches music, drama and communication skills at the Rainbow Academy of the Arts, for young adults from disadvantaged backgrounds, she is also the Cape Town anchor for ‘Born to Sing’. Her show will be glorious mix of original songs, musical theatre numbers, jazz, blues and stories of her travels
Natasha van der Merwe
Hip Circle Middle Eastern Dance Studio Cardamon, saffron, jasmine and rose, silk veils, sequence and jewels… 'Hip Circle' will evoke the mystique of the Middle East, in the delightful town of Darling, through the mesmerizing art of Belly Dance. Our desert dancers, Natasha van der Merwe and Rosemay Marx Botha, will entrance audiences with a celebration of the feminine, as they shimmy and undulate to an eclectic mix of middle eastern dance styles.
ance on edges, cultivate quiet, ebb and flow, be transported... In around 1720, Johan Sebastian Bach wrote 6 suites for unaccompanied cello. These works remain the pinnacle of unaccompanied cello music today and testimony to their greatness is the fact that over 100 printed editions of the sheet music have been published. Each suite is a set of five dance inspired movements, preceded by a prelude, and contrasting in character, creating an engaging listening experience throughout. Peter Martens, whose recent CD set of all Beethoven's cello sonatas received critical acclaim internationally, will perform the third of Bach's great Cello Suites preceded by a short explanation of the music for your listening pleasure!
Ronelda Sonnet Kamfer spent her childhood years in a small Overberg town, Grabouw, her teens on the notorious cape flats and recently returned from a few month stay in Amsterdam, her poetry reflects her environment. She has published two books of poetry, Noudat slapende honde 20 (Eugene Marais award) and Grond/santekraam 2012 (Kanna and ATKV awards) both her books have been translated into Dutch. She is the mother of a one year old and married to Cape Times cartoonist Nathan Trantraal.
A few years ago, eclectic musician Brendon Bussy and story teller Masha du Toit formed a domestic alliance, the purpose of which - to expose their taste in shower songs. A personal history of their unusual 'sing in the bath' favourites from 13th century Italian folk song to 21st century punk. This year Voorkamer audiences will hear a performance spiced up, as always, with a few surprises. All minimally arranged for mandolin and voice and perfectly suited to impassioned singing in steamy ambiances.
Come, “Grow” With Me! Last year, Dr Sindiwe Magona was awarded the Presidential Order of Ikhamanga for her contribution to South African Literature. At this festival, she will take us on a journey of exploration of what it means to be a woman of her age and station in life, using her works: storytelling, biography, novels, short stories, plays and poems. “Forced to Grow” is Magona’s autobiography, following “To My Children’s Children”.
Ik ga een half uur in de Omgekeerde tyd
Het leven terugspoelen
Als ware het een beeldband
En de wereld ook
Tot alles samenkomt
In het paradijs
En daarna in een punt
in een zalig niets
Stoltz / Kerrod Duo
The Stoltz / Kerrod Duo, formed in 2010, is thrilled to be performing at the Voorkamerfest 2012! They will be presenting works by J S Bach, De Falla, Saint-Säens and Darling’s celebrated composer, Hendrik Hofmeyr. Flutist Liesl Stoltz, international prize winner and one of South Africa’s leading soloists and chamber musicians, is currently a Mellon Foundation postdoctoral fellow and teacher at UCT. South African born harpist Jacqueline Kerrod resides in New York City with her husband, Marc Uys. She has performed with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, American Ballet Theater and the New York Philharmonic and has performed as guest artist with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.
Tara Notcutt graduated from UCT’s Drama Department in 2008, and has gone on to establish herself as a young and prolific director and theatre maker. Her directing work includes the internationally renowned "…miskien"; "Mafeking Road"; "The Three Little Pigs"; and Will Eno’s "Thom Pain". In 2011, she was invited to the Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab in New York City, and in 2009 received the Rosalie van der Gucht Prize for New Directors at the Fleur du Cap Awards, as well as a nomination at the Clover Aardklop Nasional Kunstefees, both for her direction of "…miskien". "The Florist" is her first one woman show. She likes long walks on the beach in the rain, watching foreign movies, and hopes to grow up one day. In the meantime, she will keep making plays. tara louise notcutt | artistic director: the pink couch
The Magic Water
With Heather Mac & Bridget Mc Carthy and Amber Parr on musical accompaniment. The Magic Water was first adapted for stage by Heather Mac, Peter Susman and Bridget McCarthy in 1995. It is loosely based on a classic African folktale. Heather and Bridget bring you the updated version that is guaranteed to delight you and your children. The Magic Water is full of crazy characters, songs and dance. It is a tale of greed, jealousy, love and forgiveness. This classic tale weaves a quality children’s theatre experience of sheer magic. The Magic Water has toured schools and the original production was performed at the Grahamstown festival in 1996. The production will appeal to children from age 3-100. Bring your children and your inner child along to The Vookamerest!
The Minnie & Johnson Show
South African darlings of the cabaret stage, Emile Minnie and Godfrey Johnson, will be joining forces and hands to bring you an evening of fun, humour and fabulous songs. Fleur du Cap winner Godfrey Johnson and SAMA award nominee Emile Minnie will be performing raucous hits from the sixties to the naughties with just a piano, a clarinet and a wine glass for percussion. For that something extra they will be doing French love songs by Piaf and Brel, as well as an original Afrikaanse treffer or two. Grab your handbag, your man purse or your moonbag and make your way to the Minnie and Johnson show! Legwarmers optional.
The Nomadic Orchestra
The Nomadic Orchestra is a five-piece instrumental dance band based in Cape Town. The primary goal of the Nomadic Orchestra is to get people moving. The band makes an infectious kind of high-energy dance music - even the most prudish find themselves unconsciously tapping their feet. The Nomadic Orchestra is strongly influenced by traditional music from the countries of South-Eastern Europe: Macedonia, Romania and Serbia. They are also influenced by Klezmer, gypsy and circus music as well as contemporary western party music. Their musical training brings a strong jazz aesthetic to the band, and thus an emphasis on improvisation. The music that the Nomads play is original and composed by members of the band.
The Taffanel Trio
The “Taffanel Trio”, consisting of flute, clarinet and piano, brings to the 2012 Voorkamerfest the chamber music of French composer Florent Schmitt, as well as a trio by Hendrik Hofmeyr, recently composed for this group. In the latter work, Hofmeyr (South African composer, professor at the UCT College of Music, and resident of Darling), composes a soundscape of above-earthly colours, in which the flute’s lucid and shimmering tones contrast with the richness of the low register of the clarinet, woven together by subtle inter-dialogues with the piano. The third movement of this epic work serves as anchor in which dancing is heavy, yet released, and in which the waltz as a far-off memory is revisited. The trio, with instrumentalists Marietjie Pauw (flute), Annamarie Bam (clarinet) and Benjamin van Eeden (piano) have presented concerts since 2009, and continue to celebrate the local and international repertoire and tonal capacities of wind instruments in a piano trio format.
Andrew J. Cruickshank
Andrew John Cruickshank made his mark in the South African music world from an early age as a pianist, performing both as soloist with various orchestras and as accompanist before devoting himself increasingly to the field of composition. Cruickshank is an accomplished harpsichordist and singer. He was musical director of the Johannesburg-based solo- ensemble of singers and instrumentalists, Mass Appeal, with which he was able to live out his keen interest in and solid knowledge of the informed performance practice of Early Baroque music as well as perform contemporary music. Mass Appeal gave the first informed performance of Monteverdi’s Vespers in South Africa in 2001 and during 2002 with performances across South Africa. He has worked in partnership with fellow South African composer / Baroque cellist Hans Huyssen playing the harpsichord; toured their programmes to Johannesburg, Pretoria, Durban, Bloemfontein, Kimberley, Cape Town and Stellenbosch, which incl. performances at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown in 2009 and performances at the ABSA KKNK Oudsthoorn Festival 2010. Another noteworthy collaboration has been with the Dutch Baroque violinist, Antoinette Lohmann. Although Cruickshank has held music positions such as accompanist and music critic, he currently works in the actuarial industry, based in Cape Town.
The Soul of the Flute: An atmospheric journey through a variety of styles of solo flute music. Evocative, lyrical, gentle yet uplifting, the soul of the flute will inspire the imagination as the flute tells its story through the music. Bridget Rennie-Salonen was the Solo Principal Flute of the former Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra in which capacity she was the recipient of the Ben & Faye Carklin Award for Artistic Excellence. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree and the Post-graduate Diploma from the University of Cape Town, as well as a Performer’s Licentiate from the Royal Schools of Music. Bridget has performed as soloist with several South African Orchestras and performs extensively as a chamber musician and freelance orchestral principal flautist. She has vast teaching experience at all levels and is currently lecturing in Flute at the University of Cape Town as well as teaching privately. Bridget is also a certified Andover Educator and teaches Body Mapping for musicians both in group workshops and individual lessons.
Voted the world's 3rd sexiest magician (by his very own mother) TV personality and celebrity magician, Charles Tertiens has been gracing the big screen in movies such as "Disgrace", "I now pronounce you black and white" and "Visa Vie". Not forgetting our homes in programs such as "Hip2b²","Known Gods","Montana" and "7de Laan" .. now who could possibly forget the ever so classy king of spandex, the Cash Crusader? Straight off tour with Madame Zingara to a voorkamer near you! Charles' comedy magic will keep you asking "why did I ever stop believing?"
Poet, Musician and Storyteller Gavin Bonner brings "Rapid Fire Fairytales" to Voorkamerfest 2011. He incorporates his skills as a percussionist,traditional storyteller, comedian and astounding freestyle improvisational poet all into a show of 20 to 25 minutes , and do it a dozen times in one weekend with no two shows the same! How? Well come and see for yourself, as comedian Mark Sampson remarked in The Eastern Cape Herald " Seriously, seeing is believing! " Gavin will include some pieces from his new album entitled " Of Beasts and Kings, Skins and Strings" in the shows and the cd will be available at shows and at Evita Se Perron. For more information and audio and video samples check out www.gavinbonner.com
Hendrickje, the woman behind Rembrandt: In her own special way theatre maker, Hermi Hartjes shows you the life of Hendrickje Stoffels. Her youth in the province, her life with Rembrandt. “Rembrandtman, Rembrandtman keer ow ‘ns umme en kiek mi-j ‘ns an!” (please turn around and look at me) REMBRANDTS LIEF (sweetheart) is following ELIZABETH 1 – THE VIRGIN QUEEN, the second solo performance of Hermi Hartjes in her series “Strong Women”, in which she reveals small hearts in great women and big hearts in small women. Hermi Hartjes is theater maker and writer. She also does educational training in presentation techniques and conversation skills. Her approach is open minded, playful and humoristic. She undertakes an ongoing quest into the fascinating world of hidden structures and thoughts. She shuns no emotions. Her basic theme is: things are never what they seem to be. Amazement everywhere ...
“Hot Water must easily be one of the most exciting musical projects to come out of South Africa..” The Citizen
Khayelitsha United Mambazo Ensemble
Khayelitsha United Mambazo is an Isicathamiya choir from Indlovini in Khayelitsha. (Isicathamiya is a form of Traditional African Male Vocal Music). The ensemble have a large selection of original songs - originating directly out of social issues they hope to address with their music. The group worked hard towards their dream of representing South Africa outside the country's borders and in 2009 and 2010 the group participate in the production of the musical Amandla! Mandela in the Netherlands.
Larry Joe is the exceptionally talented singer and songwriter who famously cut his debut solo album in 2010 whilst behind bars in the Douglas Correctional Centre (DCC) in the Northern Cape. Through video, musical performance and interactive dialogue, Larry and Aron (Larry's producer and founder of Freshlyground) re-tell how they initially met, how the project was envisioned, the obstacles that were faced, where they are now, and their dreams for the future, both personally and for their community. They challenge audiences to rethink their own perceptions of language, colour and life story as being defining factors of how successful they can be in South Africa.
ABSOLUCY: Another superb show produced by the award winning Follow Spot Productions, Absolucy is a captivating solo performance suitable for the whole family. Based on a woman’s passionate love affair with alcohol, the multi-talented singer/actress, Lucy Holgate, has the audience giggling and bopping to the beat of a string well known songs. Top 40 hits, golden oldies, 80s nostalgia and brassy show tunes are all performed with flair making this production electrifying.
Gypsy Jazz is a unique style originally created by Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grapelli in 1934. As a unique blend of American jazz, gypsy rhythmic and melodic concepts, this vibrant mix results in the hottest of Hot Jazz. Manouche, with sometimes unorthodox instrumentation and a good deal of original material, truly makes the style their own. Moments of beautiful melancholy to foot tapping, hip swinging jazzy goodness, and a couple of surprises in between, keep audiences captivated.
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In the evening, when the sun had set and the moon had not yet risen, it often occurred that miraculous music seemed to emanate from the neighbour’s house. A delicate and fragile tinkling of tiny bronze or perhaps even china instruments. A sound so subtle, that of its own accord it seemed to drown everything else into silence. Music that made one drift into a state of the utmost tranquility. What would you wish for your new-born child? Supposing you could ask for just one thing? Money, happiness, health, beauty, strength? That is the question Augustus’ mother finds herself confronted with. She makes her choice. A choice having many implications.Augustus is a story full of enchanting music and exciting developments. Credits: Text: Peter De Graef Direction: Madeleine Matzer Acting: Lottie Hellingman Composition: Helge Slikker Costume: Ilse Vermeulen Styling: Saskia van der Linden
Born and raised in Cape Town and a proud resident of Mitchell’s Plain, Mel Jones describes herself as "the favourite" of three siblings. A product of the Cape Comedy Collective's Comedy Lab workshops, Melanie burst into the limelight with her unique confidence and sexy style. This single mother brings her perspective as a ‘young’ Capetonian woman looking in vain for Mr Right to the stage to the great amusement and enlightenment of all. She was fondly received at the Spier Amphitheatre only 6 short weeks after doing her very first open mic slot at the Cape Comedy Club. Since then, you may have seen her on SABC3's Comedy Showcase, the Phat Joe show, the King Size Comedy Tour, the Blacks Only Comedy Show, Mind The Gap and The Heavyweight Comedy Jam and there’s a strong possibility that you may have read about her in various magazines (not the ‘bikini’ mags – the girly ones). Her shows, Doing It for the Money and Still Doing It with Tracy Klass has been a big Cape Town hit, as has her presence on 94.5 Kfm since 2003. It was her stage performance that led her to radio when, while being interviewed on the station, she was asked to join the team. "Let's be honest. If they'd told me I'd need to get up at 4am every day, I may have thought twice.” She giggles. These days, she works behind the scenes producing the Phat Joe Morning Show on Heart 104.9fm ... when she’s not on stage, that is. Mel's made it her mission to bring laughter, smiles and warmth to as many people as possible. Her philosophy on life: "You've got to laugh at it".
Patrick van den Hanenberg & Andisiwe Mbunje
Khayelitsha-Amsterdam: Patrick van den Hanenberg is a theatre journalist for the Dutch newspaper de Volkskrant. Teacher and Song writer. In Darling Andisiwe Mbunje and Patrick will play the show Khayelitsha-Amsterdam, a combination of song, dance and crosstalk: Dutch journalist meets South African singer/dancer in Holland when she was on tour with the musical Amandla! Mandela - they became friends - he visits her in South Africa - he sees what life is about in Khayelitsha and in her home village in the Eastern Cape - they sing alot - they make a show together about Amsterdam meeting Khayelitsha - Africa meets Europe in Darling! We can do this thing together. We live on different continents, that really doesn’t matter. We can do this thing together, Khayelitsha Amsterdam.
Rob van Vuuren
Rob van Vuuren-Live!: “Rob van Vuuren-Live!” is the latest award winning stand-up comedy show written and performed by Rob van Vuuren who was, this year, once again identified by the Mail and Guardian as one of the 200 young South Africans you should take out to lunch. “Rob van Vuuren-Live!” is an irreverent, honest and above all sidesplittingly funny perspective on many of Rob’s favorite subjects which range from dogs, flies, and Jehovah’s Witnesses to becoming a dad, adoption and giant mutant toenails. This is a rare opportunity for Cape Town audiences to watch the guy who shot to fame as the short half of the cult comedy duo Corne and Twakkie of the Most Amazing Show, (the co-host of Crazy Games and SA’s Got Talent and the ou who Shucksed Shuster) do what he does best ... make you laugh.
Sima (accompanied by Ramon Alexander on piano) Is a vibrant young woman whose life long passion has always been singing. She will keep you entertained with an array of music. You will hear beautiful South African folk songs in her mother tongue (Zulu) as well as in some of our other official languages. Sima will perform timeless jazz standards, sure to bring back fond memories as well as more recent home grown afro jazz tunes.
The Bone Collectors
The Bone Collectors are a band of 5 merry misfits from the darkest cracks of Cape Town's Southern Suburbs. Featuring saxophone, guitar, and a manic percussion and rhythm section, their product is a Frankestein beast of blues, rockabilly and jazz, composed by moonlight and performed with passion.
The Cape Dance Company
The Cape Dance Company is based in Tokai, Cape Town and was founded by Debbie Turner in 1995. The CDC is known for its excellent standard of dance, with performances that are uplifting and accessible, providing stimulating entertainment with a varied repertoire of superb dance works from both national and international choreographers. The dancers’ training is strongly based in the classical idiom enabling the company to explore a variety of dance styles successfully and with aplomb. The company has performed in key venues around South Africa and has presented seasons abroad at the Ailey Citigroup Theater in New York, the Edinburgh International Arts Festival and the Salisbury International Arts Festival in the United Kingdom.
Singer/songwriter TINA SCHOUW launched her new CD, “WINDS CALL” at the Oude Libertas Amphitheatre in Stellenbosch on the 27th February 2011. Tina on guitar and vocals was joined by a stellar cast of musicians, which included Kevin Gibson on drums; Wesley Rustin on acoustic and electric bass; Mark Fransman on piano, accordion and clarinet; Marc Maingard on harmonica; Jacqui Davies on cello; Gavin Minter on percussion and Lodi Paul Inga on guitar. Join Tina now for her solo show as she takes you on the journey of Winds Call. Her music and lyrics tell stories about her personal journeys of connection to the self, humanity and life. CD’s will be on sale at R120 (please bring cash). She will be signing after the show.
he Ubuntu Bboy crew serve as a lesson in action in securing one's own longevity in hip hop.Especially when executing feats of exertion like the holla Back night after night to the screams of Colosseum-like adoration rained down on you from the crowd. "Hype Mag" UBUNTU CREW has been pushing on the battle scene since about 1998,with the experience assimilated over the years finally culminating in the creation of the Ubuntu B-Boys.These past ventures have stood us in Great stead! Duane founder of UBUNTU BBOY CREW. Also releasing solo debut Album. Jed has become the first Bboy to win the B-boy cup in France for 2 consecutive years in a competition where countries from All Around the World Compete Ubuntu B-Boys Representing our country in the International Scence Worldwide,Duane Expereiencing the Hip Hop CultureTravelling All around Europe, Usa ,Asia. UBUNTU B-BOYS company creating longevity in the Hip Hop scene by playing a huge Role in the Communties Around the Globe Teaching through Dance,Giving back to the Community Considered Role models Setting an Example Spreading Positivity! Creating ''SA Hip Hop Cup" Ubuntu B-Boys has made a Platform for dancers From around S.A and to compete to Win the title as The Top Dancers in South Africa UBUNTU BBOYS sends the Top Dancers to Compete for Glory at World Champs Internationally.Ubuntu has (Foundational Dvd's) Teaching Basics Moves to Power moves.
Lute player and singer Vera Vuković will be performing an intimate programme of predominantly 16th Century music written by some of the most influential and highly regarded composers of the Renaissance period. Her programme will include lute songs and music by the English composer, singer and lutenist John Dowland (1563 – 1626), and several examples of the complex polyphonic music written for the vihuela, one of the primary instruments of Renaissance Spain. Inspired by musicians such as Dowland, whose "heavenly touch upon the lute doth ravish human sense", Vera aims to treat her audience with something of the magic of Renaissance music.
Angels on Horseback
Starring: Fiona du Plooy, Candice D’Arcy, Jamie Jupiter and Gene Kiermane. Picture the small frontier town of Darling, the whisper of tumbleweed blowing down the dusty streets.The setting sun has left a trail of bloody red in the sky. Now listen carefully for the ominous thud of cowboy boots walking on wooden boards, the creaky complaint of saloon doors being thrown open as four silhouettes outline the doorway of a seemingly ordinary home . Could it be ?? Here to make us line dance in our seats! Here to make us beg for them to do that song that sounds like Dolly Parton making out with John Denver on a warm summers eve in Savannah Georgia. Here to make us laugh till we cry beer tears and remember that one that got away. Dust off your Stetson and get ready to ride into the sunset with ANGELS ON HORSEBACK. “An awesome show featuring country music, but with a uniquely South African spin in the lyrics. The cast make the show a pleasure to both watch and participate in. And yes girls, I would take Ryk Neethling on or off a silver tray too!” Cue review 2008 NATIONAL ARTS FESTIVAL GRAHAMSTOWN.
Songs of Travel: Bernard Loonen, a tenor from the Netherlands. For this special VKF-production he will be accompanied by (someone special) on piano. From the pen of author and traveller Robert Louis Stevenson come the words for Songs of Travel by folksong collector and composer Ralph Vaughan Williams. Poems from the latter days of a century and a literary career (1896), to music from the beginning of the next century and the start of a musical career. RLS (1850-1894) knew about travel and how to tell the story (as readers of Treasure Island know), and RVW (1872-1958) was a master of his art, which can be heard in these wonderful tunes. The first three songs of the cycle set the pace for a musical journey. Where the road will subsequently lead is for the audience to decide ...
Rumpsteak’s Teazer: Rumpsteak’s Teazer is a 25min tasty little appetiser to Rumpsteak, the show. Rumpsteak, the show is an exhilarating “behind-the-scenes” look at the rush hour in a kitchen of a French restaurant. Gaëtan Schmid (writer / actor) doesn’t move from his one square meter mini stage while performing 13 characters over a soundscape of more than 800 sound effects. Gaëtan will tantalise your taste buds with an introductory life lexicon to whisk in all these unpronounceable French words like “Cuisses de grenouille” and “Huitres à la ciboulette”. Bon appétit!
Since the phenomenal success of his latest album, winning him 3 National Awards [including a South African Music Award for "Best Instrumental Album of 2010" and the Standard Bank Gold Ovation Award] Guy Buttery has been kept busy with a packed schedule of both national and international dates. Described as a “one-man-guitar-army”, Guy is a National treasure and the top ambassador of the acoustic guitar in South Africa today.
Jungle Theatre Company
Indlovu People: Indlovu People is a family show about elephants. Three children go on an adventure in the jungle. They meet !Kama Indlovu a mystical old man who holds the key to the elephant world. !Kama takes them on a journey into the mysterious origins of Indlovu People. The audience get involved in magical puppetry, catchy music and comedy and their relationship with these majestic creatures is changed forever. Created by Jungle Theatre Company, directed by Heather Mac and performed by Nimray Kruger, Ntombi Mkhasibe, Mfundo Hashe and Vincent Meyburgh.
Hatched: Hatched is a sequel to the autobiography "Hatch" which is based on the manifestering of a girl child's beginning, ultimately unfolding into a young adult who is moulded to her cultural value system? This movement piece seeks to convey deeply personal and challenging issues of culture, tradition and a woman's evolving sexuality within the customary rites and rituals of marriage, until she realises her true identity.
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Two brothers. One father. A trial, a challenge, a chance. 111 is a sparkling parable about honour and humility, faith and fate. With respect for all fairytales, bible stories and myths the actors/musicians Jasper Boeke and Helge Slikker offer us a modern narrative about two men on a quest. 111 is a sensitive story with music and magic, language and laughter, culminating in one hundred and eleven days as the ultimate dedication. 111 is a festival-production by MATZER Theaterproducties.The English première is in September 2010 during the Voorkamerfest in Darling, South-Africa.
Mvakalisi "Dobs" Madotyeni
Dobs' Famous Opera Arias: Accompanied by Albert Combrink on Piano. Mvakalisi "Dobs" Madotyeni is an Actor, Singer and Musician born in Umtata. He was recently in Holland for "Amandla Mandela de Musical" in which he played Chief Hintsa and Steve Biko.
Meadlowlands to Motown: Put the spirit of Miriam Makeba and the wildness of Tina Turner in a pint sized package, and what do you get? Nomfusi! The petit Afro-soul singer from Khayelithsa joins forces with guitar wunderkind Mark Williams to bring you a powerhouse performance of Sophiatown classics, with a Motown twist.
Not the Midnight Mass
Not the Midnight Mass: South Africa’s award winning a Capella group Not the Midnight Mass are back again.The group has a new and exciting line up; stalwarts Graham and Christine Weir are once again joined by Cape Town’s most popular jazz diva, Amanda Tiffin, as well as award winning actress Anthea Thompson and funny-man Donal Slemon. The show is choreographed and staged by Fiona du Plooy. Singing like angels but with a devilish wit, in 2009 the members of Not the Midnight Mass won the Fleur de Cap Award for Best performance in a Cabaret. They have been hailed both nationally and internationally for their unique blend of harmonies, humor and original writing and the show sports some old favorites like Led Zepplins “A whole Lotta Love”, Pachelbel's Canon in D as well as a new and hilarious rendition of My Fair Lady's “On The Street Where you Live”.
Philip de Villiers en Die Blinde Boere Orkes
Philip de Villiers en Die Blinde Boere Orkes: Born and raised in the Swartland, singer and songwriter Philip de Villiers collaborates with Die Blinde Boereorkes from Worcester, to bring you songs more than a century old from the Bo-Kaap. Fusing traditional sakkie-sakkie with vibrant ghoema, they give birth to an infectious new style. Brimming with cheerfulness, this group of visually impaired musicians paint a colourful picture of early 20th century life in the Bo-Kaap.
Pieter van Zyl
Owen Britz & Pieter van Zyl: Owen Britz started with music lessons at the age of 16. Six years later he obtained his B. Mus from the University of the Free State with piano as major instrument. During his studies he performed as soloist with the Free State Symphonic Wind Orchestra, amongst others, and also as accompanist for soloists. He studied with Nettie Immelman and Albie van Schalkwyk. In 2005 Owen took up flute lessons with Maria Swart in Bloemfontein. Under the tutorship of Marietjie Pauw he obtained his UNISA Performer’s Licentiate for Flute cum laude in 2010. Owen currently resides in Darling. Pieter van Zyl het n B.MUS-graad aan die Universiteit van Stellenbosch, 'n M.MUS-graad aan die Universiteit van Port Elizabeth en Voordraerslisensiate aan UNISA en Royal Schools behaal. Hy het klavier studeer by Makkie Loubser, Danie Smit, Lamar Crowson, Nancy Hofmeyr, Betsie Cluver en Neil Solomon. Pieter balanseer sy liefde vir musiek met n passie vir drama. Hy is opgelei in die mime corporel-tegniek en filosofie van die Franse teatermeeste Etienne Decroux. Pieter het as musikant en akteur regdeur Suid-Afrika gewerk, sowel as in Zimbabwe, Engeland, Skotland, België, Frankryk, Griekeland en Kalifornië.
Matters of the Harp: Acquainted with the music and entertainment industry for over 18 years, professional harpist Roelien Grobbelaar captivates and charms with an enchanting Lyon & Healy Concert Harp. As an ad hoc member of various orchestras she has performed under the baton of conductors such as Victor Yampolsky, Gerhard Korsten, Owain Arwell Hughes, Eric Rycroft and Kamal Kahn. Roelien regularly performs at some of the most prominent occasions in South Africa and has entertained international celebrities such as HRH Prince Edward Earl of Wessex and has performed with multi Grammy award winners George Benson and Kanye West. This harp performance hosted by the Voorkamerfest will showcase the romantic character of the instrument. Amongst other you can look forward to music from the ballet “The Nutckracker”, Debussy’s “Clair de Lune” and a romantic Tango by Astor Piazzolla. You will witness the harp’s grand scope of sounds, from virtuosic original harp works to some of the most well known classical pieces you love.
Allie Pad Funny Worcester: "Allie Pad Funny Worcester" is a one woman comedy show that focuses on specific Western Cape culture of colored, black and white people; looking at their way of life. The show starts with Shimmy Isaacs from Worcester who has left her home town at the age of 16 to pursue acting. Through her journeys as a confused coloured woman she has come into contact with all sorts of cultural dilemmas of her own race and others. After being teased for her “whity” accent while attending a model c school in Worcester, she found herself assuming a split personality; at home she was “coloured”, at school she inadvertently became a “whity”. Cape Town, known as the city of cosmopolitan lifestyles even confused her more; when she learned there was no set coloured “identity” or one “identity”. Real issues and experiences are tackled in this humorous stand-up comedy performance where characters that have influenced her experiences and way of life are depicted. In this show she plays out all of the different personalities that she has encountered over the years. Situations are taken and compared amongst the different group types.
A white black comedy... about blacks who think like whites... told by a black guy... who sounds white! From Sold Out shows and winner of the Golden Ovation Award at the 2010 Grahamstown National Arts-Festival. Review from CUE: "A brave new face in stand-up, Siv Ngesi delivers a brilliant new dish! Top quality laughs...makes me proud to be a South African"
Soma Fusion Bellydance Company
Triboriginals: Dancers: Marissa Cuenoud, Kashiefa Athanatos. Percussionist: James van Minnen. Tribal Fusion Belllydance is the newest member of the exotic family of bellydance. It is a women’s dance… with a twist. Taking old styles, traditional rhythms and costuming and fusing it with contemporary electronic music, modern pops n locks, sinuous muscular movement and a theatrical flair, Soma Fusion Bellydance Company has created a very dynamic and unique style of their own. Along with live percussion mixed into electronic beats, finger symbals and intricate choreography, prepare for a sensual, sensory feast.
Cabaret Comedy Magic: Ever wonder how a card rises, a coin vanishes, or generally how those silly magicians make things seem impossible? Well you won't learn it here, but come and join The College of Magic's Steve Sandomierski for an excursion into the lighter side of magic as he engages you with his brand of Cabaret Comedy Magic. Steve is currently the reigning South African Magic Grand Prix Winner, so whether it's sleight of hand sorcery or laugh-a-minute mystical miracles, Steve is your man!
The Pink Couch
Mafeking Road: An adaptation of stories by Herman Charles Bosman. Set in one of South African fiction's most famous streets, Mafeking Road is Herman Charles Bosman for the next generation! Using physical theatre, two actors will present two of Bosman's short stories, taking you on a journey into another world where the peach brandy flows and the moonlight brings magic. Presented by The Pink Couch. With Andrew Laubscher and Mathew Lewis. Directed by Tara Louise Notcutt.
Multi Instrumentalist: The ultimate solo multi instrumentalist and crowd pleaser! From Saxophones to pan pipes, guitar, keyboards, melodica, flute and haunting vocals, Werner Denner’s show is a must on your show calendar.
Die veelbekroonde aktrise,skrywer,sanger en kabaret diva Amanda Strydom bring met hierdie intieme vertoning die blinkste robyne uit haar musiekskatkis na die Voorkamerfest. "Naby" is dus 'n gepaste titel vir hierdie uitvoering waarin sy liedjies sal vertolk wat haar volksbesit gemaak het. Strydom sing ballades,blues en chansons van haar bekroonde albums "Vrou by die Spieël", "Hotel Royale" , "Op 'n Klein Blou Ghoen", Verspreide Donderbuie" en "Kerse teen die Donker". Strydom het haar nuutste album, "Kerse teen die Donker", in September 2008 in die Koninklijke Carré in Amsterdam bekendgestel en vertrek weer in November vanjaar op 'n maandlange toer deur Nederland waar haar optredes gereeld met groot lof ontvang word. Strydom vier vanjaar dertig jaar in die bedryf en is bekroon met onder andere die Sama, Kanna, Alumni Laureata ( Van die Universiteit Pretoria) en Rapport /City Press Prestige toekennings.
Journey from Spain to Peru with classical guitarist Avril Kinsey in a delightful programme of preludes, romances, airs and dances by Llobet, Bach, Paganini, Lauro, Morel, Kinsey and others. Presented by 'The Cape Town Academy of Music' ( www.avrilkinsey.com )
Ladies First seeks to remember those songs our mothers sang while making supper or plaiting our hair, pay tribute and celebrate the lives of the songstresses who made those songs famous and encourage the next generation of performers to strive for that level of excellence. Chantal Stanfield, a graduate of the University of Cape Town’s Drama School and best known for her television roles in Sewende Laan, Geraldina die Tweede and Montana, will bring these songs we grew up on back into our everyday conversations while being accompanied quite simply on piano by Rika Vermeulen. From grandparents who danced to Miriam Makeba at their wedding to the younger sister who sang Mango Groove during the state of emergency, Ladies First is a show for all generations and for those to come.
Gary Naidoo & Chad Abrahams
Let’s Mix It 2.8 GLX is the much-anticipated 3rd incarnation of the popular Let’s Mix It brand. After a few successful, acclaimed runs of Let’s Mix It and Let’s Mix It 2 (double the trouble twice the spice), the team is back in funnier and fresher form. It had a succesful run at the Baxter over the festive season. Back in the saddle (or should we say in the driving seat) is award-winning Talk Show host Hadji Fatgiyah Bardien (played by the inimitable Chad Abrahams) who will this time be “interviewing” her international guests in her newly-renovated lounge/studio. Regulars like the endearing, Bigger-than-Broadway Zumo wrestler (and personal trainer) Sisanda Gugushe, and the Cape Flats wonder, David Johnson both remarkably portrayed by the versatile Naidoo.
The crossing: This one-man play tells the story of Nkala’s crossing from Zimbabwe to South Africa. It is a story of survival as the intrepid traveller swims across the crocodile- infested Limpopo and experiences some bizarre encounters with locals in South Africa, the ‘the land of abundance’… funny and poignant, Nkala is a stunning performer - not to be missed. Written and performed by Jonathan Nkala, directed by Bo Petersen
ake this 33-year old girl. She's no longer a girl of course, but she has the same uninhibited look on life. Give her a guitar, a golden throat and buckets of charm. Et voilà: that's Leine. Leine writes about everyday life and special discoveries. She takes you on a lyrical and musical adventure filled with emotions, variety and humour. A powerful, warm voice with a jazzy twist, strong melodies and interesting compositions. "Refreshing and wayward... Leine's simply special. Period.", is what VPRO's Dutch music channel 3voor12 writes about her. In 2008 Leine appeared on National TV several times, played at different big Dutch festivals like the North Sea Jazz Festival, Oerol and Lowlands. Currently she's working on new material and her theatre show with popular Dutch poet Ingmar Heytze.
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Toneelgroep Matzer presents “SWEET REVENGE” performed by Peter de Graef, directed by Madeleine Matzer. Sweet Revenge is a tale of desire and betrayal, love and envy, revenge and reconciliation. It is based on an old popular legend which could be situated anywhere in the world. It is told by master storyteller Peter de Graef, who in 1998 was awarded the Dutch ‘Louis d’Or’, for being the best actor of that season. He has also been honoured several times for the texts he has written for the theatre.
Megan Chortiz & two other brilliant improvisers
TheatreSports unplugged: TheatreSports, Cape Town's longest running, award winning live theatre show, downsizes for this year's voorkamerfest. If you won't come to TheatresSports, we'll bring it to you. Three improvisers will start improvising and just continue, for 30 minutes. Right there. In front of your eyes. Making it up as they go along. Each show will be totally different. Give us your suggestions and we'll turn them into magic.
OLEG FATEEV is a musician and composer from Moldavie (former Russia). He assisted many artists in Europe during concerts and recording, he performers solo as well as with his own ensemble. For the Voorkamerfest he will play his own compositions (inspired by Balka music and jazz/fusion), Russian songs of Peter Letzjenko, Valdimir Vissotsky and others.
Owen Britz & Phillipus Hugo
The romantic flute: Darling-based flautist Owen Britz performs with acclaimed pianist Phillipus Hugo. The programme includes romantic movements and pieces from Bach and Handel to more contemporary composers celebrating the warm timbre,versatility and melodic lines of the flute as well as that of the piano. You can look forward to well-known repertoire such as Rachmaninov's Vocalise, Seguidilla by Bizet and many more. Phillipus Hugo behaal die grade B.Mus, Hons. B.Mus en M.Mus (cum laude) met klavier as uitvoerende komponent, aan die Universiteit van Stellenbosch onder leiding van Juliana de Villiers. Hy maak sy debuut met die KFO op sestienjarige ouderdom. Gedurende sy studiejare tree hy verskeie kere as solis op met dir KFO, Natal Filharmoniese Orkes en die US Simfonie Orkes. Hy word as amptelike begeleier by die Hugo Lambrechts Musieksentrum aangestel; 'n pos wat hy 5 jaar lank beklee. Hierna word hy as begeleier aangestel by die US. Phillipus doen ook vryskut-begeleiding en tree gereeld op as begeleier vir eksamens en nasionale kompetisies. Behalwe begeleiding is hy ook 'n bedrewe sjef en is mede eienaar van twee restaurante op Greyton en Caledon in Die Overberg.
Philip de Vos & Tertia Visser-Downie
NOTES ABOUT PICTURES AT AN EXHIBITION: In 1998, Philip de Vos the award winning writer/singer/photographer was commissioned to write words to accompany The Carnival of the Animals, the well known orchestral work by Saint-Saëns. His book of verses was subsequently published in South Africa, the United States and in translated form in Germany, Italy and the Netherlands. After publication he narrated his poems with symphony orchestras with great success. In 2009 he especially wrote poems for Pictures at an Exhibition by Mussorgsky. This is a very exciting work full of dramatic, lyrical and humorous moments. The work is about 45 minutes long and consists of poems and music for the following sections: The pianist Tertia Visser-Downie who has had numerous recitals locally and abroad and who has featured as soloist with the Cape town symphony Orchestra performs the exciting piano version of this well-known work while Philip de Vos reads his poems for the linking passages of music.
Riana Alfreds & Charles Tertiens
The world is in Recession. People are suffering. Governments are struggling. Fiekie (Riana Alfreds) and Willie (Charles Tertiens), are trying to discover where our money goes? Who is Pravin Gordhan? And is SARS a disease that can be cured? Is a dose of AZT and an IRP5 enough to cure the SARS pandemic? Join Fiekie and Willie in their epic adventure as they try to de-mystify the truth about TAX!
Imagine some obscure bar. Imagine light bulbs going back and forth above tables filled with empty glasses. Imagine men with perfect haircuts begging beautiful women for a long, sensuous dance, and end up with Room Eleven. Or, with as much ease, imagine that final holiday night in which seductive glances have their last shot and a lonely mosquito gets lost in the blazing campfire. The list of atmospheric sketches one can come up with is endless, but as long as they sway back and forth between melancholic, summery, seductive and fiery, they are accurate. Three members of this Dutch group will be coming to Darling: Janne Schra (singer), Tony Roe (piano), Lucas Dols (bass).
Flamenco (dance): Cast: Carolyn Holden & Peter Agulhas (dancers). South African Flamenco company La Rosa Spanish Dance Theatre presents solo flamenco - three pieces showcasing the masculine aspect of Flamenco dance. Live musicians and a singer accompany the dancers. Flamenco, enriched by the diverse cultures prevalent in Spain in the 15th century – Arabic, Gypsy, Indian, Sephardic and north African– takes on a local, contemporary look and feel. Madrid-based Joaquin Ruiz’s Farruca introduces the program, followed by a musical interlude and two new works choreographed for this programme by Carolyn Holden.
Mousthijfay: Pianist/componist Thijs Borsten, percussionist Mousse Pathe Mbaye en multi-instrumentalist Fay Lovski combineren en creëren. De basis ingrediënten van dit theatrale concert vormen de menselijke stem, Senegalese percussie, piano en een zingende zaag.
SWEET REVENGE: Toneelgroep Matzer presents “SWEET REVENGE” performed by Peter de Graef, directed by Madeleine Matzer. Sweet Revenge is a tale of desire and betrayal, love and envy, revenge and reconciliation. It is based on an old popular legend which could be situated anywhere in the world. It is told by master storyteller Peter de Graef, who in 1998 was awarded the Dutch ‘Louis d’Or’, for being the best actor of that season. He has also been honoured several times for the texts he has written for the theatre.
GEROESTE MUSIC: Tyrone Apollis is one of south Africa’s exceptionally gifted artists whose guitar pennywhistle celebrate the desires and tears of his homeland , a place he loves as much as the rhythm of his native Cape Flats . His guitar and lyrics cuts straight through the clutter to lay bare the triumphs of a nation in transition. He plays a wistful pennywhistle and he makes all feel at home warm and loved as in his words: ‘I am homeless in overcrowded room, yet I have learned to smile, because I’m not a forgotten child”. He'll be performing with guest musician, Robin Peters (percussionist).
Violina Anguelov & Stanislav Anguelov
The program Opera de Light in Spring has been compiled to delight the taste of each and every listener. With combination of popular opera and operetta arias, Neapolitan songs, French musette and more you will be transported in time and place with the velvet mezzo voice of Violina Anguelov and the sweet sound of Stanislav Anguelov’s piano accordion. Come join us and let us warm and open up your hearts with our music as spring warms and opens up the flowers.
Willem Vermandere was born in Louwe (Belgium) in 1940. He is a special person, a philosopher, a talented singer/storyteller, writer, painter and sculptor. His words are like literature and his music has a southern timbre. He sings songs about life, persons, events and society and in between the songs he tells stories in his own Flemish way. Living in that far away part of Belgium (close to the French border), where the First World War was mainly fought he writes, composes in his special style.
One of the famous younger poets from the Netherlands, Alfred Schaffer, will read his poetry; for several years he lived and worked in Cape Town.
Rea Rangaka as seen in Mike van Graan's satirical journey towards the 2010 FA World Cup continues with Bafana Republic - 'Extra Time'
Celebrating their 20th Anniversary, these pioneers of South African Hip Hop present a show packed with original B-Boys/Breakdancers, DJ, MCs/ Rappers, Capoeira Artists, Poetry and Graffiti. Black Noise has toured far and wide internationally with 7 CDs, 2 DVDs & 2 books to their credit. http://www.blacknoise.co.za/
College of Magic
The College of Magic presents a fascinating glimpse into the secret and exciting world of sleight of hand and illusion. Presented by South African Sleight of Hand Champion, Stuart Lightbody, assisted by Monica Nyakatya and Mawonga Gayiya, both finalists at the World Teen Magic Championships.
Compagnie Meyer / Chaffaud
One of the leading small modern dance companies is the Compagnie Meyer/Chaffaud: dancers Isabelle Chaffaud and Jérôme Meyer, accompanied by Indian musician Surajit Das
Eva de Roovere
Eva de Roovere with guitarist Roeland Vandemoortele, sings the most beautiful new songs (flemish)
Hendrik Hofmeyr & Pretty Yende
Prize-winning soprano Pretty Yende sings glorious songs and arias from the classical repertoire, accompanied by SA composer and pianist Hendrik Hofmeyr.
Butoh dancer Katharina Vogel, assisted by her musician Martin Schumacher (accordion)
Marc will be playing a programme for solo violin including works by JS Bach and Hendrik Hofmeyr. Marc has won several prizes and awards. Marc plays a fine 18th century Italian instrument on generous loan from the Lindbergh Arts Foundation.
Marji Geldenhuys †
Marji takes us on a unique journey of storytelling & traditional music from the slopes of Table Mountain - 'HOTNOTES FROM THE HOERIKWAGGO'
Martha Harrison and Ian Marchant amaze the world with their acrobatic movements
This dynamic South African duo recently won the Kanna award at the Oudtshoorn KKNK in the classical music category.
Nibs van der Spuy
An acoustic guitar player and singer - legend in SA. As an instrumentalist he effortlessly mixes Blues, Reggae, Folk, Pop and bit of Indian music.
Dutch actress/singer Niki Romijn will perform her production about Ingrid Jonker; with guitarist Erik Robaard
Outspoken is an 8 time "House of Hunger poetry slam" winner who will be bringing Zimbabwean social commentary backed by his acoustic guitarist from his group 'Outspoken and The Essence', delivering rhythm and rhyme for a reason accompanied by guitartist MALLORY GONDO.
Phillippa Yaa de Villiers
"Taller than buildings" is a poetry recital based on her acclaimed first volume of poetry. Performer Phillippa Yaa de Villiers takes the audience on a roller-coaster ride through the feminine psyche
Folk / pop / jazz / worldmusic ensemble Herman Woltmann, Willem Smid, Maeike Sytsma, Johan Keus, Carel van Leeuwen - they bring soul from Friesland
Thembi will be performing stories of her childhood and songs accompanied by Ray Molefe with percussion.
Tshepo 'Pius' Mogale
One of SA's most celebrated stand-up comedians.
Music runs in this family with youthful South African Foursome - Anouk, Nigel and Vicente Espi (sister and two brothers) and Jeremy Hewett (cousin). They are prize-winning string players in their own right, and as a quartet have compiled and polished a lively repertoire through years of performing together.
The exciting young South African violinist, Anouk Espi, received her training in South Africa from the illustrious Professor Jack de Wet. She was then awarded a place at the Royal Northern College of Music as well as three international scholarships that enabled her to take up her place and study with Chris Rowland (of the Fitzwilliam Quartet) and gain her Masters Degree in violin performance.
Dela Seward & Martha Harrison
“This woman can make you dream, cry, and fall in love. What more could you desire ...” (The Music Advocate)
Hearts & Eyes Theatre Collective
James Grace is one of South Africa’s leading concert artists. He is the first guitarist ever to have received the Tagore Gold Medal from the Royal College of Music in London, where he studied with Carlos Bonell.
Khoi Khonnexion features Jethro Louw, also known as The GHETTO Poet.
MARC Lottering hails from Cape Town, and is considered by many to be one of the hottest comics on offer from South Africa.
Marietjie Pauw (flute) received flute tuition from Evá Tamássy at the University of Stellenbosch, where she was awarded the degrees BMus, Hons.BMus and MMus (Performance), all cum laude.
Mark Hoeben & Ina Wichterich
Mark & Ina paired up in TANGO DEL FUEGO and began studying the dance in November 2000. After the success of that show, (Tango del Fuego won the Best Dance and Movement Production award at KKNK, Oudtshoorn in 2001 and Mark was nominated for a Fleur du Cap award for Best Contribution to a Musical), Ina began teaching and performing with Mark on a regular basis. They combine tenderness, form and musicality in their improvised Tango performances.
Tinus Van Dyk
Wil van der Meer