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2011-04-02 07:13

Whether you are off to whoop it up at the last day of Soweto’s Kasi Funfair or fancy something a little more esoteric such as Gerard Samuels new dance film at UCT or if the glamour of Bollywood’s for you.

There’s something for every taste going down in Mzansi in April.

CAPE TOWN
DANCE

The Gordon Institute for Performing and Creative Arts (GIPCA), in association with the UCT School of Dance, presents the premieres of Place of Grace by Gerard Samuels, and Homebody by Nicola Visser.

Place Of Grace is an open-air performance installation, featuring Samuels’ new dance film by the same title to be projected on an outside wall at the UCT School of Dance buildings, accompanied by performances by dancers featured in the film.

Samuels received a Donald Gordon Creative Arts Award for this project, and collaborated with filmmaker Shelley Barry on the film, delving into themes of forgiveness and reconciliation.

The film was shot in the Overberg community of Genadendal.

The double-bill event will take place on April 8 from 7.30pm at the UCT School of Dance, Woolsack Drive, Cape Town.

Call 021 650 2399. Admission is free.

CABARET

What’s in a Name?, a new musical comedy cabaret, will premiere at Kalk Bay Theatre from April 13 to 30.

Devised and performed by rising young talents Delray Burns and Roland Perold, it is a light-heartened look at names, characters with interesting names and some names that are just down right ridiculous, with a healthy dose of comedy, music and dance thrown in. Songs such as Mrs Worthington, Maria and Dammit Janet will be on the bill.

To book call 073 220 5430 or visit www.kbt.co.za

PRETORIA
THEATRE

Have You Seen Zandile? is a play originated by Gcina Mhlophe based on her childhood.

The play recounts very personal story of Zandile who is snatched away from her grandmother’s loving care and taken to live with the maternal matriarchal family in rural Transkei.

The play also presents the audience with lively characters, from the loving grandmother (Gogo) – the great story teller to a sharp-tongued mother (Lulama) and a bright little girl, Zandile.

 It offers an illuminating window into a world with issues of white dominance, rural hardships and black female repression. The play runs at The State Theatre from April 12 to May 1.
Book at Computicket.

JOHANNESBURG
CONCERT

Building on the popularity of the Bollywood industry, Melody Queen – Shreya Ghoshal is coming to SA and will be live in concert on April 24 at the Centre Court at Emperors Palace.

Listeners can enjoy their favourite tunes like Tere mast mast do nain from the hit movie Dabanng; Shukran Allah from Kurbaan; Teri ore from Singh is king, Zoobi doobi from 3 idiots and many more.

The leading Indian female playback singer’s career began with Devdas, for which she received both the Filmfare Award for Best Female Playback Singer and the Filmfare RD Burman Award for New Music Talent. Since then, she has worked in more than 180 films.

To book call 011 928 1297/1490.

FAIR

On Sunday the Kasi Funfair rounds off with a bang. Amongst the headline acts is DJ Euphonik, one of South Africa’s most successful young dance DJs, who has a legendary reputation as a crowd-pleaser, both in clubs and on the air.

Khuli Chana will be bringing his own flavour of ‘vernacular rap’, or Motswako. Fans will also get the chance to “Shake Your Bum Bum” with the wildly popular Black Coffee, featuring Zakes Bantwini, who will perform this and other hits.

Add to the mix Proffesa, Pro Kid, DJ Zinhle, DJ KG, DJ Tokzen, DJ Toyoter – and others.

The concert takes place at Dorothy Nyembe Park, Corner Matla and Mnisi Roads, Dobsonville, Soweto at 2pm and runs until 10pm.

DURBAN
MUSICAL THEATRE

Roelof Colyn and Jonathan Roxmouth return to the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre until April 17 with Ian von Memerty’s classic A Handful of Keys.

The two men at two grand pianos give a dazzling display of pianistic virtuosity and hilarious impersonation.

A performance of constant surprise, intelligence and wit, and music that ranges from the great classic masters of Bach and Beethoven, through the kings of soul Ray Charles and Fats Waller, via the queens of show biz and pop Elton John, Freddy Mercury and Liberace, A Handful of Keys is a completely South African product of international standard.

If you haven’t yet seen this, book now. If you have, go again.
Book at Computicket.

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