Artscape Showcase Season at the National Arts Festival 2016

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Thembi Mitshali in OoMaSisulu. Photo: Artscape

Artscape Theatre will be showcasing six productions at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown.

In association with the National Arts Festival, four productions will be presented and staged on the National Lottery Fringe, and two will receive support on the Main Stage at the Festival from June 30 to July 10. Continue reading

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SA’s struggle for democracy celebrated in a new African opera

Khumbuzile Dlamini as Winnnie Mandela in 'Ubuntu - The Opera' (pic Val Adamson)

Khumbuzile Dlamini as Winnnie Mandela in ‘Ubuntu – The Opera’. Photo: Val Adamson

Review: Ubuntu – The Opera; Playhouse Opera Theatre, Durban

 AN opera which celebrates the life and achievements of former President, Nelson Mandela, is not a new concept.

I was privileged to see Mandela Trilogy, Cape Town Opera’s musical tribute to Madiba’s extraordinary life when the production toured to the Playhouse a few years ago. And then there was the ill-fated Madiba: The African Opera, which was forced to close after three days at the State Theatre in Pretoria when it ran out of money to pay performers.

Ubuntu – The Opera, featuring a libretto and music composed by Juan Burgers, provides another look at the iconic statesman’s life, but this time also shines a spotlight on his relationship with Winnie Mandela and how their participation in the liberation struggle impacted that relationship. Continue reading

Juan Burgers’ ‘Ubuntu – The Opera’ to premiere in November

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Juan Burgers

Music-lovers can look forward to the world premiere of a major new South African composition, to be unveiled on the Playhouse Opera stage in November. Entitled Ubuntu – The Opera, the work is the magnum opus of Durban-based musician and composer, Juan Burgers, who for many years has played a leading role in this country’s classical music environment.

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