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We’ve been feeling for a while that we want to get music that we make out there to people, and get it out as we make it. It’s really important to us that people can access stuff we’re making that’s fresh and represents what we’re making now, rather than stuff that’s been sitting on the shelf for ages.

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The clear highlights were the portraits, both for me and for Joseph. He loved picking out the blue highlights of the skin and seeing how the red of the lips might be the same colour as her hat or as a flower on her dress.

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Seeing these South African legends together on stage is a rare treat, and it is almost worth sitting through two hours of Shakespearian Afrikaans and sensory overload to see their brilliant acting. Every award that macbeth.slapeloos has won is absolutely deserved but despite this concentration of mature talent, no one in the audience was moved to a standing ovation.

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On paper, Electric Vines at the Arabella wine estate looked amazing – what better way to usher in the New Year than from a beautiful wine estate, watching musicians do their thing on a pair of stages surrounded by idyllic countryside? – but some basic organisational flaws curdled the experience.

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The show boasts a striking set design by KMH Architects, beautiful costumes by Dicky Longhurst, and subtle lighting by Nicholas Michaletos. Together with the sumptuous sound of the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Paul Hoskins, the result is a lavish production, giving Spartacus the potential to be something truly epic.

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I am always overwhelmed by the magic of theatre. Luyanda Somkhene and Solomon Mashiane have created a simple, well structured, softly lit setting in which the world of Fruit takes place.

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The Alexander Bar has done a great thing in giving a platform to both established and upcoming talent in South Africa. It has been the venue for many a great show but – almost inevitably – some do not quite hit the mark.

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“The Fall is not only a fresh in-your-face piece of theatre, it is a command for attention and a plea for support.”

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Cape Town is cooking and my otherwise pale and blotchy legs are now complemented by orange streaks of fake tan. In this regard, I remain resolutely British. True Capetonians blossom in the summer. Endless lithe and perfectly bronzed bodies roam about, relaxed and laughing. Even their hair remains shiny and tangle-free whereas mine sticks out in small frizzy clumps where I’ve repeatedly got it caught in my sunglasses. [Read more…]

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When someone says opera, you might think of corsetted ladies hitting high notes, epic romances played out over multiple hours, Shakespearian plotlines that end in death or disaster. You might not think of surrealistic landscapes, Dadaesque vocals or absurdist scenarios. Having left the Artscape theatre with my mind twisted and released by the utter weirdness that is Postcard From Morocco, I feel like we’ve been given a glimpse of the psychotic side of opera.

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Solomon and Marion is the story of two broken people, each haunted by their past. Marion is a white English woman in her 60s living on her own in a farmhouse.

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It is a rare privilege to hear complete collections of works at one recital and Myer ambitiously included not one but three collections in his programme: The whole of Debussy’s Book I 12 Préludes, the three Sonnet movements from Liszt’s Années de Pèlerinage: Deuxième Année: Italia, and Iberia Book IV (Málaga, Jerez and Eritaňa) from the Spanish pianist and composer Isaac Albéniz

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Kathleen Tagg & Andre Petersen: two accomplished pianists, one residing in New York and the other in Cape Town. Both were born in South Africa and they grew up within a few kilometres of one another, although in the different worlds of a country divided by apartheid. They met while studying music at UCT, which is why they chose the title Where Worlds Collide for their album and CD launch concert at the Baxter’s Concert Hall. This collision happened on many levels, as the audience learned soon after they were seated.

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From its menacing start to its unexpected end, Pieter Toerien Productions’ Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street is the perfect balance of grisly revenge and morbid humour; everything you could hope to experience in this iconic musical. Featuring a South African cast directed by Steven Stead, all the elements of sound, set, production, costume and cast come together flawlessly to blast the audience with a full-frontal sensory overload.

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This year’s theme was ‘Larger than Life’ and entertainers included Michael Jackson and Elvis Presley-themed stilt walkers and Vegas-style showgirls.

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The museum was tranquil, yet bustling with visitors. I was impressed. There was a full mix from the artsy- fartsy art lovera, to students, young children, pensioners, tourists and ordinary Capetonians enjoying their city.

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The concert opened much the way any good concert should; with an overture. It was as if the entire frontier had opened up before the audience with the Overture from West Side Story’s cute yet epic musical arrangement.

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“Sebastian tells us how many gamers, having mastered all the levels of Call of Duty and the like, came to Shootopia with the expectation that those skills would be transferable. Not by a long shot.”

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“As the sky darkens above Kirstenbosch and the stars start to twinkle above the mountain, the audience goes wild as James takes to the stage, and the evening turns from superb to spectacular.”

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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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With each round the battle intensified, with astounding contortions of limbs and gravity-defying moves. Each performer watched the others, provoking them to be more daring, each challenge fuelling the excitement and energy in the atmosphere. The moves became more elaborate and at times so rapid that they narrowly missed the audience on the edge of the dance floor. After some deliberation from the judges, the title went to The Curse.

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Any carnival is bound to be held up for comparison against the Rio Carnival. I have no idea how they would compare, but as a showcase of local community talent this event did us Capetonians proud.

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Don’t expect an elaborate stage design, an Italian libretto, an implausible and fable-like plot, or an over-the-top wardrobe when you go and see Leonard Bernstein’s opera, Trouble in Tahiti. This 45 minute one-act opera is none of the above. It has rather been described as ‘…an explicitly American opera that eschews European conventions and favours nativist vernacular’.

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