The Afrikaans Language Museum and Monument presents Dans van die Vlamme-Madiba-Maand, a live and virtual performance partly in aid of a rural school.
In honour of Nelson Mandela Day on Saturday, 18 July 2020, the Afrikaans Language Museum and Monument (ATM), in collaboration with Psychedelic Theatre, will host an exclusive festival of flames, fire and nature for 50 guests. Although the ATM is currently closed to the public, it will be specially opened to allow the graceful fire dancers and their various flaming objects to captivate the audience for 67 minutes with breathtaking fire tricks, music and choreography. In addition, a beautiful video of it will be available later this month for a virtual display that anyone can view from the comfort of their home, while part of the proceeds will be used to buy sanitizers for Rondeheuwel Primary, the school in Hermon ‘adopted’ by the monument.
According to the ATM director, Michael Jonas, the idea is to host an intimate onsite and virtual show so that people can remain safer whilst being entertained during these challenging Covid-19 times. “At the same time, you will know that part of your financial contribution will make a difference to these children. In addition, it helps these performers that are such a popular attraction at the monument and makes us all feel as though things are a bit more normal,” he says.
“Our recent online webinar, music concert, coronavirus writing competition and Groen Galery exhibit have all been very well received on social media, but we would also like to once again host events at the ATM that attract people to the beautiful scenery and outdoors. Of course, we continue our virtual offerings so that the monument and museum reach as many people worldwide as possible.”
Lanél van der Kolff, actress and founder of the Psychedelic Theatre, as well as her dancers’ daring tricks and storytelling promise an evening of sensory stimuli, as the visual representation ranges from physical theatre to interactive fire play for a new theatre experience.
The show on Saturday, 18 July 2020, starts at 18:30 and costs only R100 per person. In terms of current coronavirus measures, only 50 guests will be allowed and all must wear masks. All necessary precautions will be adhered to at the monument, including measuring temperatures and the use of sanitizers, and anyone who is feeling ill at all is requested to stay home.
Venue: Afrikaanse Taalmonument, Gabbema Doordrift Str, Paarl
Time: Sat at 6.30pm