The New Age (Gauteng) - - WESTERN CAPE NEWS -

TO­DAY Spirit of the Bush SPIRIT of the Bush will take you on a jour­ney back to a time where it all be­gan. Master­fully chore­ographed by award-win­ning Themba Mbuli, the dance takes on sev­eral dis­po­si­tions, from a sen­si­tive ges­tu­ral trance-like be­gin­ning, build­ing to a re­lent­less frenzy of pas­sion and pur­pose. The dancers main­tain their in­ten­sity of move­ment through­out the per­for­mance, con­nect­ing the body and mind as one. The res­onat­ing filmic score by in­ter­na­tional award-win­ning com­poser Phil Thurston is in­ter­preted with or­ganic and dy­namic sounds from the past. The live in­dige­nous mu­si­cal per­for­mance is be­yond breath­tak­ing, leav­ing your soul en­riched. This jour­ney will take you back in time, con­nect­ing you with your roots, leav­ing you up­lifted both spir­i­tu­ally and emo­tion­ally. Tick­ets R100, 7pm, Artscape Theatre, Fore­shore Jazz Ren­dez-Vous – Saxit! SAXIT! is a project de­vel­oped by four pro­fes­sional mu­si­cians whose love of jazz and the sax­o­phone came to­gether to play spe­cial­ist ar­range­ments for the in­stru­men­ta­tion, to ex­plore the tonal pos­si­bil­i­ties and joys of play­ing in an en­sem­ble. The group started re­hears­ing to­gether in 2010 and has re­cently tak­ing the first steps to ex­pose their sound to the Cape Town mu­sic scene. Even though the sax­o­phone quar­tet is not a new idea and many pioneering groups have ex­isted be­fore, Saxit! will be fresh to South African au­di­ences. The mu­sic will ap­peal to the dis­cern­ing lis­tener with a flare for im­pro­vised mu­sic and the group will def­i­nitely en­ter­tain and keep the au­di­ence want­ing more. The band fea­tures Joel Ben­jamin on alto/so­prano sax, Jade de Waal on alto sax/flute, Simon Bates on tenor sax/flute and Gareth Har­vey on bari­tone sax/ bass clar­inet. Tick­ets R100, 7pm, Al­liance Française, Loop Street, CBD TO­MOR­ROW Priscilla Queen of the Desert GET ready for the mu­si­cal jour­ney of your life. Based on the Os­car­win­ning hit movie, Priscilla Queen Of The Desert is the heart­warm­ing, up­lift­ing story of three drag artists who hop aboard a bat­tered old bus named Priscilla, search­ing for love and friend­ship. The crit­i­cally ac­claimed hit mu­si­cal Priscilla Queen of the Desert based on the Os­car-win­ning hit film is the ul­ti­mate feel-good show. This daz­zling mu­si­cal, fea­tur­ing a top notch South African cast, has all the in­gre­di­ents for a su­perb night out – the most won­der­ful cos­tumes, out­ra­geous glam­our, mu­sic that will have you danc­ing in your seat and a funny yet touch­ing story line. No won­der this show has been such a mas­sive hit from the West End to Broad­way and be­yond, win­ning awards all over the world, in­clud­ing pres­ti­gious Olivier and Tony awards. It is a heart­warm­ing and up­lift­ing tale of three drag artist friends who hop aboard a bat­tered old bus aka Priscilla and go off on the ad­ven­ture of a life­time through the Aus­tralian Out­back to per­form in Alice Springs. On the way they find friend­ship, love and far more than they ever dreamed of. With a daz­zling ar­ray of more than 500 award-win­ning cos­tumes, 200 ex­tra­or­di­nary head-dresses, 23 tons of scenery, a 10 me­tre cus­tomised bus weigh­ing six tons and a hit pa­rade of dance floor favourites in­clud­ing I Will Sur­vive, Hot Stuff, Fi­nally, Boo­gie Won­der­land, Go West, Girls Just Wanna Have Fun, and I Love The Nightlife, this wildly fresh and funny mu­si­cal is a jour­ney to the heart of Fab­u­lous. Tick­ets from R150, 7.30pm, Artscape Theatre, Fore­shore Last Night of the Proms A CON­CERT of pop­u­lar clas­sics fea­tur­ing the East­ern Cape Philharmonic Or­ches­tra, soloists, a massed choir and dancers, con­ducted by mae­stro Richard Cock. A mu­si­cal extravaganza of well known light clas­si­cal and choral mu­sic. A full or­ches­tra and massed choirs will per­form un­der the baton of con­duc­tor Richard Cock. An evening of fun and en­ter­tain­ment. Tick­ets from R240, 8pm, Cape Town City Hall SUN­DAY Bend To Her Will – Sanell Aggen­bach WHATIFTHEWORLD presents Bend to Her Will, a solo ex­hi­bi­tion of new works by Sanell Aggen­bach. The di­verse body of work col­lected in Aggen­bach’s Bend to Her Will grows themes in­tro­duced in a pre­vi­ous ex­hi­bi­tion, Atopia. Fore­most among these is a con­cern with the so­cial and sub­jec­tive ex­pe­ri­ence of root­less­ness. Atopia means to be with­out a ter­ri­tory and the ex­hi­bi­tion re­volved around the artist’s fraught re­la­tion­ship with her Afrikaans cul­tural her­itage. To ex­plore the bio- cul­tural alchemy of be­long­ing, Aggen­bach spliced botan­i­cal spec­i­mens and en­gi­neered hy­brid flora in wood, resin and metal. Each new whole was made more alien by its recog­nis­able parts, po­si­tion­ing these ob­jects – and by ex­ten­sion, Aggen­bach her­self – pre­car­i­ously be­tween worlds. Bend to Her Will elab­o­rates on this ex­pe­ri­ence of “be­tween­ness” and all the in­sta­bil­ity it en­tails. Tak­ing the body in re­la­tion to na­ture, to space and to his­tory as a point of de­par­ture, the show en­gages in the erotics of dis­ori­en­ta­tion. It asks what might hap­pen if we’re es­tranged from the world with­out an­chor­age or bear­ings. If in­stead of dig­ging our heels into the earth, we re­mem­bered that earth is mostly noth­ing at all. Gallery hours 9am–5pm, Al­bert Road, Wood­stock

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