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28 July 2011

A good dose of Arts Alive performances will be taking place at the Joburg Theatre Complex, where troupes from a range of countries will sing, dance, act and make music.

THE Joburg Theatre Complex will play a key role in the extensive programme of the Joburg Arts Alive International Festival this year.


Catch SABT's Balletomania at the Joburg Theatre
Catch SABT's Balletomania at the Joburg Theatre
The City-owned multi-venue complex in Braamfontein will host the month-long celebration of music and drama, running from 1 to 25 September.


Referred to as the “jewel in the city’s cultural crown” by the public relations company for the festival, JT Communication Solutions, Joburg Theatre’s Mandela and Fringe stages will feature multiple shows during Arts Alive.

Easily accessible by public transport, the theatre is expected to draw in audiences with the diverse mix of shows on offer. A key focus will be the cultural connection between countries like Brazil, India, People’s Republic of China and South Africa.

Steven Sack, the City’s director of arts, culture and heritage, says: “Joburg, as a city, has many diverse communities and Arts Alive needs to talk to that.

“You only need to have been in the audience at Katia Guerreiro’s fado concert featured in last year’s programme to know how big the Portuguese community is in this city, for instance. So the partnerships with foreign governments in bringing great performance pieces to audiences during Arts Alive are an integral part of the programming.”

Highlights of Arts Alive at the complex will be the opening and closing ceremonies, which will feature a wealth of home-grown talent and several surprise guests on 1 September at the Fringe and 24 September at The Mandela, respectively.

The South African Ballet Theatre (SABT) will also celebrate a decade of excellence in dance at the theatre during its gala performances, from 9 to 11 September.

Classical ballet returns to the Arts Alive bill with the SABT’s Balletomania, a celebration of the company’s 10th anniversary.


Hip Hop will explode at The Fringe
Hip Hop will explode at The Fringe
The programme will feature a celebratory line-up of highlights from the SABT over the past 10 years, from classical to contemporary and new works, as well as appearances by the SABT Academy and development programme dancers.


“Established in 2001 after the closure of the State Theatre Ballet in 2000, the SABT has forged a central niche in the local dance sector and this anniversary is indeed a proud moment, not only for the dance community, but for all Joburg residents and Arts Alive patrons,” notes Samantha Saevitzon, the dance company’s public relations officer.

Tickets range from R110 to R220 in price, except on Sunday, 11 September, when all tickets for the 11am show are R110. For more information, visit the SABT website.

Another home-grown production is Season of Simplicity, at the Fringe from 2 to 4 September. Tickets for the production are R50 each.

The Agulhas Theatre Works dance will feature performers of all abilities. Adding a distinctly local flavour to the programming will be The Bush Technologists, playing at The Fringe on 13 and 14 September and led by the percussion maestro, Risenga Makondo, Amampondo fame. Tickets for this show are R50.

Hip Hop Explodes will take place on 4 September at The Fringe in partnership with IFAS, the French Institute of South Africa. It will features Abdou N’Gom from Cie Stylistic presenting Entre-Deux and Junior from Wanted Posse presenting Buanattitude. Tickets are R50 each.

Shared History
Among several shows being staged under the Arts Alive banner will be its partnering festival, the Indian Shared History Festival, which also takes place in September.

Rajasthan Rocks is on the bill, featuring the mystic sounds and captivating dance from this region of India. It will be on at The Mandela on 6 September, for R100.


Agulhas Theatre
Agulhas Theatre will feature performers of all abilities
Another day, another country: Brazil’s top female singer in 2010, Teresa Cristina, will bring her sultry Brazilian samba sounds to The Mandela on 7 September, which is Brazilian National Day. The Afro-Brazilian group, Napalma, supported by African Synergy, will also perform. Tickets are R100 each.


And then around the world but in the same venue – presented in partnership with the ministry of culture of the People’s Republic of China, the Gansu Ethnic Song and Dance Troupe will be on at The Mandela from 14 to 17 September.

This riveting show, with tickets priced at R100, will feature performers from China’s Tibet, Hui, Mongol, Dongxiang, Yugu and Manchu ethnic groups.

On Sunday, 11 September there will be two performances by the incredible Taiwan 10 Drum Art Percussion, priced at R50; while on 14 September, Deolinda will show her take on Portuguese traditional fado mixed with pop, again at The Mandela. Tickets for Deolinda are R100.

The Arts Alive programme includes items such as the IBSA Dance Collaboration, taking place at the Fringe on 20 and 21 September. This collaborative performance will showcase the cultural connection between India, Brazil and South Africa.

It will feature Anoushka Kurien, from India; Micheline Torres, from Brazil; and Thami Hector Manekehla, from South Africa. Tickets for this production are R50.

A highlight of Arts Alive will be the world-renowned Spirit of America.

This award-winning ensemble has a passion to inspire and educate youth through music, and the festival will host its world premiere of The Fall & Rise of the Phoenix – Instrumental Theatre: In Motion, at The Mandela, from 21 to 25 September.

In this universal story of struggle, triumph and self-discovery, music, dance, theatre, design, and stagecraft will together create an inspiring experience for audiences. Tickets for The Fall and Rise of the Phoenix cost R100.

For the full Arts Alive programme, ticket prices, booking details and more information, visit the Joburg Theatre website or the Arts Alive website.

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Last Updated on 03 August 2011