Four KZN artists kick off at the Arena

2010-06-12 00:00

FOUR KwaZulu-Natal artists have been selected to showcase their talents on the National Arts Festival’s newest platform, the Grahamstown Arena.

Pietermaritzburg pianist Christopher Duigan will be performing his Celebrating Chopin programme at the Rhodes Chapel from June 24 to June 26. The two-part programme marks the 200th anniversary of Frederic Chopin’s death. Chopin wrote almost exclusively for the piano and his music has a highly complex and classical construction.

Widely regarded as one of SA’s leading concert pianists, Duigan’s Grahamstown shows will be performed in two parts — the first part will be played on June 24 at 9 pm and June 26 at noon, and the second on June 25 at 6.30 pm and June 26 at 8 pm.

Durban dancer Musa Hlatshwayo will be staging his award-winning, multimedia installation choreo-poem, Moses, at the Alec Mullins Hall on June 21 at 12 pm and 6.30 pm, and June 22 at 3 pm.

Moses addresses issues of political identity in a period following former president Thabo Mbeki’s “I am an African” speech. The work follows a sociopolitical dream that unfolds into an experience led by two youngsters and two females whose journey leads them to challenges that rob them of their innocence.

It is accompanied by Durban photographer Val Adamson’s images, Lebo Mashile’s The Ancient Ones, the lyrical sounds of Mama Makeba and Ingrid Jonker’s heart-hitting The Child Who Was Shot Dead by the Soldiers in Nyanga. Hlatshwayo is the choreographer and producer of the work, which features Ngcebo Nzama, Sikelela Magxala, Phumzile Masina, Busi Deyi and Hlatshwayo himself.

The Arena also plays host to guitarists, Nibs van der Spuy and Guy Buttery. They will be sharing the stage with the legendary Steve Newman in a show called 18 Strings at the Guy Butler Theatre, Monument, on June 29 at 9.30 pm.

Buttery has been touring nationally and internationally since the release of his album, Fox Hill Lane, which features collaborations with musicians like Nibs van der Spuy, Dan Patlansky, Tony Cox, Piers Faccini, Madala Kunene, and Syd Kitchen.

Van der Spuy has also recently released a new solo album, A House Across The River. Arguably Van der Spuy’s best work to date, this follow- up to A Bird In The Hand (2008) and Beautiful Feet (2006), sees him experimenting with new sounds and jamming musicians, including Piers Faccini, Buttery and Farryl Purkiss.

A House Across The River includes interpretations of the Allman Brothers’ Little Martha and the rare unreleased Tim Buckley track Cripples Cry.

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