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The Sunday Independent - - LIFE TECH -

TO­DAY The­atre

Nataniël, tal­ented South African mu­si­cian and per­former, will en­ter­tain fans as he cel­e­brates three decades on stage in his lat­est show spec­tac­u­lar,

30 years 90 Min­utes, which runs un­til Septem­ber 24 at the The­atre of Mar­cel­lus, Em­per­ors Palace.

The pro­duc­tion in­cludes high­lights of some of Nataniël’s favourite mo­ments and on-stage per­for­mances span­ning 30 years, along with a va­ri­ety of new songs and sto­ries per­formed in both English and Afrikaans.

Nataniël is joined on stage by fel­low per­form­ers Charl du Plessis (pi­ano), Juan Oosthuizen (gui­tar), Werner Spies (bass), Hugo Ra­dyn (drums) as well as Di­han Slab­bert and Nicolaas Swart (vo­cals). Tick­ets for the per­for­mance are priced from R160 a per­son and can be pur­chased via the Em­per­ors Palace box of­fice by calling 011 928 1297/1213, or go­ing to www.em­per­orspalace.com or www. com­puticket.com. The show will start at 8pm on Thurs­days to Satur­days and at 3pm on Sun­days. No chil­dren un­der the age of 15.

THURS­DAY Cir­cus

Splash! cir­cus re­turns to The Globe at the Sil­ver­star Casino with per­for­mances con­tin­u­ing un­til Sun­day, Septem­ber 17. Orig­i­nat­ing in Rus­sia, the wa­ter cir­cus is a con­cept that has be­come pop­u­lar over the last 19 years.

The show com­bines all the el­e­ments of cir­cus that fam­i­lies have loved for gen­er­a­tions, how­ever, with a mod­ern twist. The first half of the show is pre­sented in a cir­cus-ring en­vi­ron­ment with tra­di­tional acts.

En­hanc­ing the tra­di­tional set­ting and am­bi­ence are video pro­jec­tions and lasers, which give the tra­di­tional cir­cus a magic twist.

Among other acts, in­cluded in the first part of the show, are also the en­joy­able and en­ter­tain­ing an­tics of a sixth-gen­er­a­tion clown from Mex­ico, Mingo.

The clown has a lively and in­ter­ac­tive rap­port with fam­ily au­di­ences and his acts in­volve lots of par­tic­i­pa­tion and en­gage­ment that, es­pe­cially the chil­dren, sim­ply love. Duo Polon­sky, the iden­ti­cal twins from Ukraine who present their hand bal­ance and strength act that has been seen all over the world and has been pre­sented on the stage of Cirque du Soleil, never cease to fas­ci­nate and amaze their au­di­ences. The sec­ond act of the show un­veils a 10-me­tre pool of wa­ter, hav­ing trans­formed the stage dur­ing in­ter­val, with foun­tains where the artists per­form around a set­ting that of­fers a dis­tinc­tive twist to the reg­u­lar cir­cus set­ting as we know it.

The aerial acts per­formed above the wa­ter and at times sur­rounded by fall­ing rain, are en­hanced by the daz­zling laser dis­play and video pro­jec­tions. The Splash! cir­cus per­for­mances are on Thurs­days and Fri­days at 8pm, Satur­days at 11am, 3pm and 7pm, Sun­days at 11am and 3pm.

Ticket prices for the spec­tac­u­lar range from R100 to R375 and book­ings are via Com­puticket at www.com­puticket.com or by calling 0861 915 8000.

No chil­dren un­der the age of two are per­mit­ted to at­tend the show.

SATUR­DAY Ex­hi­bi­tion

Lionel Smit, in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Ever­ard Read presents his solo ex­hi­bi­tion, State, at the Ever­ard Read Gallery, 6 Jellicoe Av­enue, Rose­bank. This new body of work ex­plores the idea of the dif­fer­ent emotional states we find our­selves in and how sur­round­ings in­flu­ence that state of mind. Through adding video works, Smit has cre­ated an en­vi­ron­ment where he has in­flu­enced the ex­hi­bi­tion space, al­low­ing him to di­rect the viewer’s state. Var­i­ous works ex­plore the fe­male fig­ure as a por­trait, with the con­tin­u­a­tion of his ideas on the con­struc­tion of iden­tity with lay­ers of paint and silkscreen fab­ri­cat­ing the frag­men­ta­tion of the sub­ject. En­try to the ex­hi­bi­tion is free. It runs from Mon­day to Fri­day at 9am to 6pm and on Satur­day from 9am to 1pm.

One of the spell­bind­ing acts to be seen at Splash! Cir­cus.

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