Exciting news! William Kentridge retrospective opens in Beijing

THE Ullens Centre for Contemporary Art in Beijing has just opened an extensive retrospective of the work of William Kentridge. The exhibition runs until August 20, and opens in Seoul, South Korea in early December.

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The Ranga set to play on the NAF Fringe

Comedian Aaron McIlroy’s latest musical comedy, The Ranga, opens on the 2015 National Arts Festival Fringe in Grahamstown next week.

Well-known for his many live comedy shows and as Spud’s dad in all the Spud movies,The Ranga was originally directed by Steven Stead for the 2014 Hilton Arts Festival. This musical comedy takes a tongue-in-cheek look at prejudice as seen through the eyes of a man tormented with pigmentation issues.

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New shows heading to Cape Town

Theatre-goers in Cape Town are in for a treat courtesy of these new shows heading to the city.

West Side Story will run from July 23 to August 23.
Perhaps the best musical ever written – West Side Story – explodes onto the Artscape Opera House stage in the winter of 2015. This Eric Abraham and Fugard Theatre production is brought to you by the award-winning creative team behind the smash hits The Rocky Horror Show and Cabaret.

Wie’s Bang vir Virginia Woolf? can be seen from July 28 to August 8.
Starring Sandra Prinsloo and Marius Weyers, Saartjie Botha, in association with the Fugard Theatre, will present an Afrikaansversion of Edward Albee’s drama Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? at the Fugard Theatre.

The Fugard Theatre is in Caledon Street, corner of Buitenkant Street, District Six, Cape Town. Tel: 021 461 4554.

New contemporary work from Underground Dance Theatre

Multi award-winning Underground Dance Theatre tours their latest contemporary dance production LoveZero to Cape Town, Grahamstown and Bloemfontein.

LoveZero is a contemporary dance double-bill made up of Mode (choreographed by Steven van Wyk and Thalia Laric) and Cipher (choreographed by Cilna Katzke and Kristina Johnstone). It will appear on the Arena platform at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, the Youngblood Gallery in Cape Town, and the Vrystaat Kunstefees in Bloemfontein.

With two abstract dance works, LoveZero investigates the distance between memory and reason, emotion and logic. Continue reading

Barry and Calli Thomson at Suncoast

Get ready to rock with the dynamic musical duo of Barry and Calli Thomson on Sunday, June 28, at the Suncoast Amphitheatre from 2 pm!

A well-known performer in Durban, Barry has had many years of experience playing in and around KwaZulu-Natal and South Africa. He started playing music at the age of seven and formed his first band when he was 13 while at school at Beachwood High School in Durban.

In 1991 he graduated with a Diploma in Classical and Contemporary guitar. Since then he has worked with some well-known orchestras including the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra, Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra as well as playing at numerous venues, such as the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre, Playhouse Theatre and the Heritage Theatre in Hillcrest.

Calli, a University of Cape Town graduate in classical piano, went on to study jazz and has played solo piano at 5 star hotels in Cape Town such as The Cape Sun, the Mount Nelson, the Victoria and Alfred in the Waterfront and many more.

She has taught in the jazz department at UCT and lectured at City Varsity Multimedia College in Cape Town. In 2005, Calli settled in Durban with husband guitarist and singer, Barry, and continues her career in musical theatre and music of all genres.

Entry is free. For more information you can visit http://www.suncoastcasino.co.za.