ReRouting the Arts
Festival in Pietermaritzburg
The eagerly awaited ReRouting Arts Festival, a site-specific multi-disciplinary arts festival that opened on Thursday and uses alternate public spaces around the city of Pietermaritzburg, promises much fun this weekend.
Events on Friday (March 15) are scheduled for the Tatham Art Gallery where, from 6pm, the spotlight will be on a free performance of Corpusonic, a collaborative electro-acoustic music performance by artist-musicians Francis Mennigke and Wayne Reddiar.
Exploring field recordings, sound design and feedback, Corpusonic is said to open up an ambient, improvised, sonic world with organic textures and strange loops. Through an immersive sonic experience, the performance seeks to challenge the audience and extend the possibilities of listening as a creative and interactive act.
Visitors also have the opportunity to join Rob Boyd for Nighthawks at the Diner, at 6.30pm for 7pm at the Café Tatham. This is the third talk in his series, Tangled up in Poetry, a fun social history that looks at how rock & roll and poetry got mixed up together and “changed everything”.
The cost is R140 and includes a glass of wine/juice, a finger supper and coffee or tea. To book phone 033 342 8327.
At 10am on Saturday (March 16), a series of live performances will start from inside the Tatham Art Gallery. The audience will be led through the building and outside into streets and parks, all the while experiencing different performances by a number of artists.
Performances to look forward to include a short film, It’s Like a Second Skin: The Facade by Lorin Sookool. It looks at the blurred behavioural boundary between our online-public selves and our offline-private selves.
Also on the bill is a dance piece by Sifiso Khumalo of Durban’s Flatfoot Dance Company. Titled Passing Through, it focuses on how we see things around us but do not notice them until later in life.
William Le Cordeur’s Mahlekahlathini Theatre Company will perform its own work, The Thing about Wolves, inspired by the legend of the South African Elephant Whisperer, Lawrence Anthony, and the rescue effort of Baghdad Zoo in 2003.
Through non-verbal theatre, music and puppets, the show tells the story of a young girl from a KZN Midlands village who travels in her dream to a zoo, and together with her new friends, rescues the animals.
The collaborative performance The Unknown, created by Julie Iarisoa (Madagsacar) in collaboration with Tshediso Kabulu (Durban) is also one to look forward to. These performances are free and parking will be available at the Tatham Art Gallery.
Saturday evening performances include guitar wizard Seb Goldswain live in the Parklane Underground Parking lot. Seb is a highly versatile musician, having studied jazz guitar and composition up to Honours level at UKZN.
The Underground parking opens at 6.30pm for the performance at 7pm. The evening will take the form of a “picnic in the car park” so take your own seating and get there early to secure your spot! Tops will be providing a bar.
Tickets cost R80 and can be booked through firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also buy tickets at the show.
Sinatra and Me
Meanwhile, if you are a Frank Sinatra fan I would highly recommend you book to see a new show that is running only until Sunday at The Rockwood Theatre at Sibaya Casino, near Umhlanga.
It’s Sinatra and Me, fresh from success in London and Los Angeles, and is in Durban as part of the first leg of a South African tour.
It stars Britain’s Richard Shelton, who has a voice very close to that of Sinatra, and is an elegant and excellent show. My full review and booking details by clicking here
Also a must-see is the new show by versatile band The Reals, Rock Guitar Legends, which is being staged in Kloof at 8pm every Friday and Saturday, and at 1.45pm on Sundays, until March 31. The venue is the Rhumbelow Theatre at Tina’s Hotel in Beryldene Road.
Rock Guitar Legends is a low-fuss but high-impact production that is special in that it marks the first show in many years from The Reals in which they are simply themselves – a good band in their own right.
There are no guest singers/musicians. There is minimal theatricality, neither props nor costumes, and no audio-visual aids. The team simply shine with good music, sheer professionalism and an unbridled passion for what they do.
The main spotlight is on singer-guitarist Barry Thomson working magic with four guitars, with excellent backing from Dawn Selby on keyboards, Mali Sewell on drum and Jason Andrew on bass.
Expect hits associated with Guns N’ Roses, Pink Floyd, Dire Straits, Queen, Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Deep Purple, Jimi Hendrix, The Shadows and others. For my full review and booking details click here
On to movies. New in cinemas countrywide this weekend is Cold Pursuit, directed by Hans Petter Moland and starring Liam Neeson, Laura Dern and Michael Richardson. It’s about a grieving snow plough driver who seeks out revenge against the drug dealers who killed his son. It is based on the 2014 Norwegian film, In Order of Disappearance.
Do you know? What was the title of a Rolf Harris novelty song that spoke of a man with an extra leg? (Answer next week).
Last week’s question: What Broadway musical starred Lucille Ball in the title role when it was turned into a movie in 1974? (Answer: Mame)