What’s On...

2011-03-18 09:41

Human Rights Day is on Monday and you can celebrate it with song and dance in Joburg or visit one of Cape Town’s 12 museums for free on the day.

Wherever you are, there’s no excuse to stay home this long weekend.

Cape Town
Fine art

The Everlasting Once, an exhibition of works by Matthew Hindley, is on at iArt on Loop Street until March 23. Subject matter for the paintings is gathered via a series of shoots, for which Hindley constructs scenes much like theatre sets, often including animals and props, and usually using models sourced through agencies as subjects.

Hindley takes on various roles in the construction of his subject matter: scenographer, lighting specialist, producer, director and, finally, editor. As a result of this method, characters are recognisable from painting to painting, brought to life on his large-format work surfaces to face different enigmas in each composition.

Call 021 424 5150 or visit their website.

Museums

On Monday, March 21 Iziko Museums in Cape Town are free in celebration of Human Rights Day. There are many permanent and temporary exhibitions on show that will appeal to adults and children alike such as the African Dinosaurs at the Iziko South African Museum, Adornment: Imagining Beauty at the Iziko South African National Gallery and Ghoema an Glitter at the Castle of Good Hope.

You may also want to visit our house museums which have been magnificently restored to its original splendour, Bertram House, Koopmans-de Wet House and Groot Constantia is bound to enthrall you. The Iziko Slave Lodge hosts Mandela, Leader, Comrade Negotiator, Prisoner, Statesman, a celebration of the “Father of the Nation,” which concludes its run on March 31.

Joburg
Dance

The dance happening of the year is just around the corner, so if you have an itch in your dancing shoes, brace yourself for The Dance Explosion. Both established and new dancers from around Gauteng are invited to participate in, and showcase their work at, the Sibikwa Centre For The Arts in Benoni South on Human Rights Day, March 21.

The event was a rousing success last year with over 20 dance companies participating – and more fireworks are expected this time around.

These groups have already committed themselves to the vibrant melting-pot that is The Dance Explosion: Amagqoza Cultural, from Daveyton; Most wanted B/Boys crew, from Soweto; United Generations, from Thembisa; Phelane Theatre Production, from Daveyton; Linyelo Dance Theatre, from Katlehong; Batsumi Cultural Group, from Thokoza; Etwatwa Performing Arts Productions, from Daveyton; Etwatwa Kempton Rockers, from Kempton Park; Alba Creative Arts Performance, from Etwatwa; Sizwe and his Company, from Johannesburg CBD; 325 Home Boys, from Orange Farm. Dancers and choreographers who are interested in taking part call 011 422 4359 or email sibikwa@iafrica.com

Music
The Joburg Theatre presents Sibongile Khumalo in A Spirit Ascending on the Nelson Mandela Stage for one show only on Monday, March 21. Khumalo occupies a space in South African music that only jazz can create – a space which bridges cultures. She moves with effortless ease between the ‘traditional’ and ‘modern’, the ‘foreign’ and the ‘indigenous’ and combinations of the above and yet remains intrinsically South African in feel and place.

She is South Africa’s first lady of song: the most celebrated member of a musical dynasty marked by an extraordinary vocal gene-pool and passion for making music; a singer who exemplifies and crowns the rich and multi-sourced Southern African singing tradition. To book 0 0861 670 670 or visit the Joburg Theatre website.

Durban
Comedy

Dingalings fans are in for a real treat this month. The comedy heavyweights present an adult standup comedy lineup set to leave you breathless with laughter.

This comic bill directed by Yugan Naidoo showcases funny man Koobeshen Naidoo seen last in Desperate Husbands, the award-winning Senzo Mthethwa who rose to fame with The Boolulu Uncle as well as Henry Ramkissoon and Kumseela Naidoo both of dingalings fame. The Dingalings is a theatre group which provides a platform for new talent each year.

This season the experienced comics are all joined by talented new-comers Verushka Achary and Leeanne Small. The show runs for just two days at the Suncoast Supernova March 25 and 26. Call 031 328 3349.

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