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2011-04-21 12:57

Whether you are a dance fan in Rustenburg, a wannabe ballet patron in Joburg, or a Capetonian in the mood for some rock with your Gospel, there’s something for everyone among these 10 places to go to in Mzansi over the Easter break and beyond:

Fine dining

Le Canard, the long-standing French restaurant on Rivonia Road in Sandton, is hosting the first Ballet Dinner Fundraiser of the year on May 11 and 12.

The food is a four-course French-Venetian creation, paired with the Ondine range of wines that are the official wines of the South African Ballet Theatre.

All this is in preparation for the company’s first production of the year at the Joburg Theatre – the full length Romeo & Juliet.

During dinner, the dancers will perform parts of the ballet for diners and all proceeds go to the company, which keeps itself from ruin with such events. Tickets are R600.

011 884 4597 or email lecanard@icon.co.za to book.

Day out
Learn how to make stone tools, among other things, with Christine Steininger on the Cooper’s Cave picnic and walking tour.

This event is popular with children and is perfect for families who love spending quality time together outdoors.

he cost of the walking tour is R350 per person, which includes a picnic buffet lunch. Book at info@maropeng.co.za for the following dates: May 7, June 4 and July 2.

The South African Philatelic Dealers Association – that’s stamp collectors to you and me – is once again holding its annual stamp exhibition at the Museum of Military History, alongside the Johannesburg Zoo, on May 1 and 2.

The showcase will include a variety of collections that reflect different types of collecting interests, ranging from the thematic, which incorporates birds, aeroplanes and flowers to postal history such as stamps on letters, which tell a story like the correspondence during the Anglo Boer War.

The stamp show will feature award-winning exhibits rich in South African history which also illustrate the great diversity of stamp collecting.

Mixed Playbill Night
All Fours will be showcasing their mixed medium performance on April 29 at Main Street Life. The show is a medley of physical performance, music, dance and theatre spectacular with up and coming Joburg talent.

Tickets are R50 per person. All Fours is a mixed-bill comprising of four works presented by young and innovative South African artists.

Roberto Pombo in Buck, Kieron Jina in Infectious, Kyle Dylan De Boer in Metamorphosis, Joni Barnard, Siyabonga Mthembu and Mmkagosi Kgabi in Top Deck.

This theatrical fusion includes performance art, physical theatre, contemporary dance, film and music. To book email popartjhb@gmail.com.


The Kasi concert that was postponed due to bad weather will be re-staged with the original line-up on May 1 from 4pm. One of 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.

Revellers can also enjoy Khuli Chana who will be bringing his own flavour of ‘vernacular rap’, or Motswako.

Other artists on the bill include Proffesa, Pro Kid, DJ Zinhle, DJ KG, DJ Tokzen, DJ Toyoter. If you have tickets for the original concert they are good for this one, otherwise get tickets at Computicket.


The Black Tie Ensemble (BTE), will hold auditions on Saturday, May 7 2011 for choristers for The Black Tie Opera Chorus.

Candidates should prepare one song or aria of their choice and must bring the sheet music.

The Black Tie Ensemble pianist will accompany the singers but should a candidate prefer to be accompanied by his/her own accompanist, they are free to do so.

Auditions are open for all voice types. The auditions will take place at The South African State Theatre, Pretoria, from 10am until 2pm.

012 322 7944 to book an audition time with Louisa Raditla. Bookings for audition slots will open from May 3 till May 6 at 4pm.

Cape Town

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical Jesus Christ Superstar opens at Artscape in Cape Town soon.

This full scale version of the West End hit is directed by Paul Warrick Griffith, known most recently for his bonsai version of Evita with Angela Killian.

This rendition of JC Superstar is an extended version of the scaled down version he put on in Joburg a couple of years ago.

Again, Cito, frontman of Wonderboom takes on the title role with Terence Bridget camping it up as King Herod and Jonathan Roxmouth getting the plum role as Judas.

The show runs from May 12 to 28.

Gaëtan Schmid will première his new show, Body Language, at Kalk Bay Theatre from May 3 to 28.

After touring nationally and internationally for the last three years with the award-winning Rumpsteak, Gaëtan moves from the food that delights us to the human gestures that unite us.

As in The Dog’s Bollocks, Gaëtan, in his very own hilarious and informative way, will entertain audiences with a fascinating subject: the secret language of the human body.

Fascinating because, even if you don’t want it to, your body talks and talks and talks … and it won’t ever shut up!

073 220 5430 to book or visit www.kbt.co.za


The Rainbow Young Performers Project for 2011 is going to be Seussical and will be directed by award-winning KickstArt director, Steven Stead.

The production will include many regulars from the KickstArt team including Greg King who will design the show and Shelley McLean who will be the vocal coach.

Seussical will require a cast of 30 – 35 musical theatre performers of both sexes and all races.

Singing and dancing is of utmost importance as this is a sung-through show with little to no dialogue.

Auditions will be held on April 30 and May 1 in the Durban High School hall.

Registration for the auditions will be between 9am and 10am.

Prospective auditionees must come to the auditions in comfortable clothing suitable for dance auditions and they must be prepared to stay for the whole day and even to be called back the following day.

Please arrange for your own refreshments during the course of the day.

073 7190444 or email domcortes@gmail.com or t74@mweb.co.za.


Johannesburg-based dance company Mzansi Productions will present Somebody To Love: A Dance Celebration to the Music of Queen on May 7 for two performances at 2.30pm and 7pm at the Rustenburg Civic Centre.

The visit forms part of Mzansi Productions’ attempt to bring their work to an ever-increasing number of South Africans in an effort to grow the artform’s audience.

Booking is at Postnet, Rustenburg Square, 014-592 1213 / Chris 083 444 6817 / Jennifer 083 444 9069 and tickets cost R80.

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