Author: Kristan Wood

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“The relentless choreography demands a high level of athleticism from the dancers – who seem to be constantly diving, tumbling, rolling, lifting and throwing both themselves and each other across the stage.”

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“They weaved seamlessly through high octane indie rock songs, power ballads and heartfelt acoustic tunes – making for a fully rounded, world-class show that would give any equivalent a run for its money.”

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“A brilliantly constructed work, the sexual undertones and quirky transitions are complimented by striking costumes and fantastic lighting design.”

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“Once the plot starts rolling along and the crazy cast starts the ludicrous reveal, the sheer brilliance of Irma Vep becomes evident, and the rollercoaster of action and laughter is fully engaged.”

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“The dancers commit to each and every movement, with the intensity maintained throughout the entire performance. Even in the more intimate moments, there is a ferocity of intent that sustains the incredible energy of the work.”

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“Beautiful dancers stream onto the stage, legs flailing about in synchronicity, and we are hurled – mouths agape – into an Irish fairyland.”

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“In an effort to raise awareness of the plight of the rhinos, Dirk Badenhorst and the South African Ballet Competition have brought together twelve ballet dancers from nine countries around the world to wow audiences in a handful of Gala performances.”

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“As we sipped on the gin line, Kleyn’s interactive rendering really cemented some of the topics which included the history of gin segment, what food to pair it with, and the alcohol content.”

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“Together with the prologue’s introduction to the quirky Don Quixote, played by Johnny Bovang, the brilliant Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra create an atmosphere of expectation that bursts into the energetic opening act.”

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“Ismaël Lô is brilliant, with a voice that could change your blood group. He and his band – his wife and daughter are his back-up singers – kept the audience enthralled, and baying for more when they left the stage.”

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“A short series of talks by clued-up industry people are each followed by a brief Q&A and a two-song set by a hand-picked original act.”

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“Few musicals are as thought-provoking and informative as Rice and Lloyd Weber’s Evita, and Toerien strikes just the right balance in his production.”

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“For those of you with rusty Spanish, the latest installment of pure entertainment at Kalk Bay Theatre is called Caliente – aptly translating as “hot”. And yes, the show is sizzling.”

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“With enigmatic performances from some of South Africa’s top actors, it’s a taut and sophisticated production which complements Lee Hall’s well-written script.”

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“After a seven year hiatus, international rock band Live treated a packed Grand West Arena to a wall of nostalgic, 90s post-grunge that had audience members screaming and spilling beer all over their 40-something spouses and friends.”

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“Amid walls adorned in artefacts from the pre-eviction era and a room full of vibrant faces, Jitsvinger exercised his command of the Afrikaans language and Kaaps vernacular in an impressive, rhythmic fashion.”

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“Sauvignon Blanc is the bottled spirit of the Cape and nothing says “summer” in Cape Town more clearly than the Durbanville wine valley’s Season of Sauvignon festival.”

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“Alongside the company’s new works are two of Christopher L Huggin’s popular pieces. The first, When Dawn Comes, is a lighthearted depiction of the joyful possibilities that a new day brings.”

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“Another striking element is the piece’s attention to visual detail with a plethora of excellently crafted installation art by Nicola Mayer – work that, in its own, right can be viewed as a standalone exhibition.”

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