Our digital lives come to the fore as artists give credence to concerns over the boundaries between electronic constructs and reality, at GIPCA’s Live Art Festival taking place in Cape Town between 30 November and 4 December 2012. Swiss Theatre director, space designer, and curator Boris Nikitin presents Imitation of Life - a profound piece which points to the origin of our suspicion that things might not be what they appear to be; and an extraordinary interpretation of Woyzeck, featuring a live audio stream of the performance on the web. Paradise is a religious term for a place in which existence is positive, harmonious and timeless. It is conceptually a counter image of the supposed miseries of human civilisation. Some people say paradise is something different for each person. Highway to Heaven/Paradise Road is a conversation between two artists trying to get to that place called Paradise; Hlengiwe Lushaba Madlala(2006 Standard Bank Young Artist Award Winner for Dance) and Sdu Majola have worked together on a number of projects and bring a wealth of local and international choreographic and directorial experience to this piece, which unpacks questions surrounding boundaries, and the effect of borders in society. Locating these issues in the over abundance of social media, The Digital Man is a live performance installation that grapples with juxtaposition of Real Identity (what may be regarded as the essence), and Digital Identity. In a world filled with overbearing but hypnotic multi-media experiences, affirmations through outside electronic, disembodied ‘hits’ are critiqued through meticulous sculpting of live performance with media. Comprising rising stars, writer Gabriella Pinto and performer Imaan Isaacs, The Poor Artists, who present this work, operate as a collective and aim to create work that inspires intrigues and provokes audiences. James Webb has been working on both large-scale installations in galleries and museums as well as unannounced . . .
The Gordon Institute for Performing Arts (GIPCA), in association with the Michaelis Galleries and hosted by Iziko Museums of South Africa, presents the 2012 Donald Gordon Creative Arts Fellow, Jared Thorne’s exhibition Black Folk. The exhibition, the culmination of Thorne’s Fellowship at the University of Cape Town will be on show at the Iziko South African National Gallery Annexe from 28 November until 19 January 2013. Thorne embarked on a transcontinental search for expressions of Black middle class culture. Seeking to challenge hegemonic, as well as self-imposed constructs of Black identity, his work centers on issues of race, class and gender and engages questions of authenticity, representation and history. He challenges viewers to redefine their conceptual understanding of modern Black culture. Thorne asks why so many Black Africans find the Mother City’s embrace suffocating instead of welcoming. “Paramount in my work and research is how social class plays a significant role in defining how one witnesses ‘Blackness’,” comments Thorne. Through photography and audio interviews, he seeks to facilitate extensive visual and verbal dialogue on how identity is created in the global south, specifically in Cape Town. Combining large format film photographs alongside excerpts from various interviews, Thorne hopes to present a new vision of Black South Africans. Jared Thorne grew up in Boston, Massachusetts. He holds a BA in English from Dartmouth College, a Postgraduate certificate from the San Francisco Art Institute and a Masters Degree from Columbia University. He has worked as a journalist at CNN, where he was a member of an Emmy award-winning team in 2006. Thorne has served as a lecturer at Queens College, Columbia University, and currently teaches in Stellenbosch Academy's photography department. The exhibition opens on Wednesday 28 November at 19:00 at the Iziko South African National Gallery Annexe, St’ Johns Road and runs until 19 January. Gallery . . .
The most glamorous event in the country has found a new home in the historic town of Stellenbosch. The annual Bovril Black Tie gala dinner staged by Cultivaria will move to the oak-lined streets of this quaint Boland town and infuse it with a festive circus atmosphere and many live performances. On Friday, 23 November, the longest table in the country will be set for a dazzling three-course open-air banquet featuring a gourmet menu inspired by seasonal produce and award-winning wines. Celebrated local chefs have joined forces with catering and events specialists Knights Events & Catering and Longridge wine estate to create a dining experience par excellence of fabulous food, wonderful wines and mesmerising live entertainment. Fire dancers, jugglers, trapeze artists and tightrope walkers will have guests on the edge of their seats. The star-studded starters take on an Eastern flavour with Teriyaki seared Salmon Goujon on a cucumber salad with a sushi rice star stuffed with pickled ginger and sour cream and served with a wild herb dressing. The fruity fullness of the 2008 Longridge Chardonnay, a Top 100 SA wine with a 4 ½-star Platter rating, will be the perfect pairing partner for the richness of the fish. The mouth-watering main course will feature griddled matured beef fillet marinated in olive oil and cracked black pepper corns served with a lemon citrus polenta cake, a skewer of fresh seasonal baby vegetables and a herbed pastry straw accompanied by a luscious Bovril jus. The berry flavours of the 2007 Longridge Cabernet Sauvignon, which received four stars in Platter, will wonderfully complement the robust meat dish. For a delicious dessert finale, the subtle sweetness of the 2011 Longridge Edelgoud Noble Late Harvest is paired with a sublime hot chocolate dessert on a biscuit crust served with fresh cream, seasonal berry coulis and topped with a fresh mint sprig. Actor and radio personality Ian Wessels will be the master of ceremonies, while . . .
Food lovers and connoisseurs are set for a serious dose of inspiration in the build-up to the much-anticipated Eat Out DStv Food Network Restaurant Awards, as Eat Out launches its first-ever full day conference, to be held on Saturday 24 November at The Westin Cape Town. The Eat Out DStv Food Network conference aims to provide a platform for knowledge sharing in the South African food community and will be of value to chefs, restaurateurs, journalists, critics and anyone who is passionate about food. Eat Out editor, judge and speaker at the conference Abigail Donnelly says: “We hope that the conference will build relationships, encourage networking and, above all, inspire local chefs. With the line-up of chefs sharing their inspiration and work, the day’s talks can’t help but be thought-provoking.” Headlining the conference is Massimo Bottura, chef and owner of Osteria Francescana, the world’s 5th best restaurant according to the S. Pellegrino World's 50 Best Restaurants list. The recipient of three Michelin stars, Bottura is probably the most influential of the new wave of Italian chefs, and his avant-garde approach to cooking is bound to captivate conference attendees. Says Bottura: “I jumped at the opportunity to come to South Africa. Not only have I heard so many interesting things about it culturally, but as of late, gastronomically too. I have also had the good fortune to meet two incredible chefs working there today – Margot Janse and Luke Dale-Roberts. They have very different kitchens and diverse approaches to gastronomy, which leads me to believe that South Africa has a lot to offer. “Moreover, I have recently read that South Africa is campaigning to get rid of excess sugar, salt and cholesterol; put emphasis on healthy and affordable food; register local products which are exclusive to South Africa; and create even more fairtrade and organic options for consumers and diners. This is just remarkable. Very similar to what we chefs in Italy . . .
ROCKING OUR CITY AT GRANDWEST Cape Town performers to shine in the spotlight Date Saturday 24 November 2012 Time 20h00 Venue Grand Arena, GrandWest Tickets From R150 to R220 Booking Computicket GrandWest CSI’s entertaining variety show Rocking Our City will be staged at the GrandWest Grand Arena on Saturday 24 November. In addition to headline artists Danny K and Loyiso Bala the line up will include popular Capetonian performers to give the show a colourful local flavour. Keeping it all together during the show will be the irrepressible duo of Soli Philander and comedian Kurt Schoonraad, who need no introduction. The Cape Town contingent includes our own incredible opera singer James Bhemgee, who first shot to fame as the SA’s Got Talent 2010 winner. From singing in the streets, where he worked as a street sweeper, Bhemgee has recently released his debut CD, Vincero. Another favourite Capetonian performer who was given a spotlight in the SA’s Got Talent contest is Mady Abrahams, who was the runner up to James Bhemgee. From her rousing rendition of Whitney Houston’s One Moment In Time Mady’s vocal range has taken her as far afield as the Arab states and she has just released her debut album It’s all about you. And no celebration of Cape Town’s musical talent would be complete without the legendary Mr Zayn Adams who celebrates his 50th Musical Anniversary this year and is considered by many to be one of SA’s finest singers ever. Also sharing the stage will be versatile pianist Camillo Lombard who regularly performs with many of South Africa’s leading artists and musicians when he is not teaching aspiring musicians. Also on the bill is Jeremy Olivier, a Jazz graduate of UCT, who performs throughout South Africa and abroad as a vocalist and guitarist. His recent career highlights include singing backing vocals for George Benson and playing guitar for the Welsh classical singer Katherine Jenkins. For this and much more, don’t miss . . .
UK based Daniel Bedingfield, who has previously charted at #1 in South Africa, will be opening the Old Mutual Summer Sunset concert series on 25 November at Kirstenbosch. Daniel Bedingfield's pop wizardry earned him a BRIT Award, six U.K. Top 10 singles and 4 million in album sales from 2001 to 2004. The songwriter who rocketed to the top of the pop world with Gotta Get Thru This is back in a huge way. His new material moves adroitly between dance-floor bangers and R&B-spiked rock, freak-funk and chilling piano ballads, effects-heavy electro and sunny island reggae. “There are a million ways of self-expression, and I can’t hold to one style," he says. "There isn’t one sound in my head, there are thousands." After leaving his record company and with it the concept that there was only one way to do things in this business, he struck out on his own. Mounting a campaign through PledgeMusic he reconnected with his still-ardent fans and fostered a spate of new releases — each seemingly springing from a different creative impulse. Ambitious, bold, brazen even, his new EP Stop The Traffik - Secret Fear, Daniel is taking a distinctly different approach from his former pop-loving, uber-calculated chart topping debut . He is venturing into brave new territory carving out his claim as the wild and diverse wide-eyed crooner he has always been. The proceeds from this release in part benefit Bedingfield’s global charity Stop The Traffik, an organization that fights to prevent human slavery and works to prosecute the traffickers. The son of New Zealand philanthropists who relocated to London to work in the areas affected by the Brixton riots, Bedingfield and his two talented sisters, Natasha and Nikola Rachelle (The Golden Phoenix), were reared in a musical household surrounded by the diverse sounds of the time — the Police, Rage Against the Machine, Nirvana, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder and Bob Dylan — as well as the reggae embraced by his family’s many . . .
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, 7 November 2012 Eastgate shopping centre’s signature annual Look of Fashion event, which takes place on 16th November this year, will feature LOCNVILLE, SA’s much-loved duo who in the last few years have not only achieved #1 Platinum Status success for their debut album ‘Sun in my pocket’, but also won the SAMA Award for Best Newcomer and Biggest Selling Album, MK Award for ‘Best Newcomer’ as well as winning the Heat Magazine ‘Hot 100’. Their second studio album ‘Running To Midnight’ was uniquely released with a 100 day countdown, involving 294000 plus fans in the process from start to finish. It includes the radio hit ‘Stars Above You’. The Eastgate Look of Fashion 2012 final event, featuring all twelve selected finalists, will take place at Eastgate shopping centre. This year’s show is choreographed and produced by fashion extraordinaire Juanita Daniel and will feature further performances by sensational new performers Benedikt Sebastian and ChianoSky, who have both launched their debut albums countrywide this year respectively titled ‘Jy Weet Ek Weet’ (produced by industry stalwart Gabi Le Roux) and ‘Hungry’. The event will be hosted by Pabi Moloi, well-known radio DJ at Highveld 94.7 and previous host on All Access. The Eastgate Look of Fashion competition received hundreds of entries for participation this year. Entrants 18 years of age and not older than 25 after 1 November this year could enter. Thirty semi-finalists were selected to attend a screening at which twelve finalists were selected. Two previous winners, namely Tansey Coetzee and Bokang Montjane, went on to be crowned Miss South Africa after winning the Look of Fashion title. Celebrities that have entered in previous years include Claudia Henkel, Shashi Naidoo , Rosette Mogomotsi and previous runner-up, Celeste Khumalo, who was crowned Miss SA Teen in last year’s competition. For more information visit www.eastgateshops.com or contact the Customer Service . . .
Iziko South African National Gallery, 29 November 2012 until 09 January 2013 The Standard Bank Young Artist Award for Visual Art 2012 has been awarded to Mikhael Subotzky. Entitled Retinal Shift, the exhibition will centre on a four-channel film installation which has been produced specifically for the National Arts Festival, Grahamstown. Further photographic, video and installation works will complete the exhibition. The exhibition presenting an entirely new body of work will open at the Iziko South African National Gallery on 29 November 2012. Retinal Shift investigates the practice and mechanics of looking – in relation to the history of Grahamstown, the history of photographic devices and Subotzky’s own history as an artist. The works in the show draw on archival portraits from the last century, found surveillance footage, and Subotzky’s own photographs from various series’ that are re-contextualized here. The opening work on the show is a self-portrait that Subotzky made with the assistance of an optometrist. High-resolution images of his left and right retinas are placed side by side. “I was fascinated by this encounter. At the moment that my retinas, my essential organs of seeing, were photographed, I was blinded by the apparatus that made the images,” he said. Retinal Shift extends this motif of looking while not seeing - exploring it through Grahamstown’s history, our contemporary surveillance society, and the artist’s personal attempts to see. The exhibition began its year-long tour at the National Arts Festival, Grahamstown in June 2012 and will travel to various major centres around South Africa before ending its run in August 2013. ENDS About the Standard Bank Young Artist Awards The Young Artist Awards were started in 1981 by the National Arts Festival to acknowledge emerging, relatively young South African artists who have displayed an outstanding talent in their artistic endeavours. These prestigious awards are presented annually . . .
5FM Sports presenter Sias du Plessis has pledged his support to The Unlimited Child and will take on The Unlimited Dusi canoe marathon in February next year to raise funds and awareness for the organisation. Sias and his new paddling partner Ryan Thompson will take to the water in their K2 as part of The Unlimited Dusi Charity Batch in aid of The Unlimited Child, which provides educational toys, caregiver training and support to enable underprivileged crèches to give children the stimulation they need to achieve their full potential in life. The Unlimited Dusi Charity Batch is an online bidding system, which allows paddlers the opportunity to bid for a position in an earlier starting batch each day with all bids being donated to charity. A daily head start offers a huge competitive advantage as the paddlers will be out on the water earlier to beat the midday sun and will also avoid the congestion as more batches set off from the starting line. A record amount of R368 020 was raised this year for The Unlimited Dusi’s official charities, namely The Unlimited Child, the SPCA and DUCT (Dusi Umgeni Conservancy Trust). Bidding for 2013 Charity Batch starting positions open on Saturday, 1 December 2012. According to Sias, affectionately dubbed Ginger by morning show host Gareth Cliff, his 2012 maiden Dusi was an unforgettable adrenaline rush and he is looking forward to getting out on the water again – especially as he will be raising much needed funds and awareness for such a worthy cause. “Although I have not had much time on the water since The Unlimited Dusi 2012, I’m very excited about taking part again and will use the next couple of months to prepare. Being out on the water is quite a challenge, but worth the effort to be part of one of the biggest canoe marathons in the world,” said Sias. Du Plessis is kicking off his fundraising campaign this week with a Comedy Night @ The Studio at Primi Rosebank. Sias partners up with local comedians Dillan . . .
The National Arts Festival, Grahamstown is now accepting applications for Fringe productions wanting to take part in the 2013 edition of the Festival. The Festival will take place from 27 June to 7 July 2013. The National Arts Festival Fringe is unique in South Africa in that no selection criteria are applied – participation in the Fringe is open to everyone. The Fringe has mushroomed in size since its inception in 1979 when a diminutive 10 events comprised the Fringe – it now consistently boasts over 400 events across all the arts genres. Disciplines include children’s theatre, film, comedy, drama, physical theatre, dance, cabaret, visual art, performance poetry, music theatre, and the full scope of music genres. “As always, we’re looking forward to programming an exciting selection of productions. Artists who want to be part of the 2013 Fringe have until 18 January to get their forms in to us, and we’re on hand before then to help with any questions they may have,” Fringe Manager Zee Nweba said. Applications for the 2013 Fringe at the National Arts Festival, Grahamstown opened on Monday, 29 October 2012. All interested artists, performers, directors and producers can request application forms and information booklets from the Fringe Office, by email – email@example.com, or telephone – 046 603 1103, or fax – 086 233 2119. Forms are also available, and can be submitted, via the Festival’s website – www.nationalartsfestival.co.za/artists. The deadline for registration is Friday 18 January 2013. The National Arts Festival is sponsored by Standard Bank, The National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund, Eastern Cape Government, Department of Arts and Culture, City Press and M Net. More Info: http://www.nationalartsfestival.co.za/artists Author: Fiona Gordon from The Famous Idea Trading Co. Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za. No of Images Uploaded: One To gain access to One image/s please Like, Tweet or +1 this . . .