What’s on at Jozi’s theatres?

The Market Theatre shows re-runs of older productions including the classic Woza Albert at the Barney Simon Theatre until 5th Feb.  This South African classic asks what would happen if Jesus Christ (Morena) came back to South Africa during apartheid. This lively satire of the absurdities of apartheid provides a showcase for the talents of two dextrous actors, who play a range of ordinary characters on the street.    Tues – Sat @ 20h15, Sun @ 15h15   Ticket prices: Tues – R66, Wed & Thurs – R90, Fri & Sat – R140, Sun – R100

Another re-run is Somewhere on the Border which runs until 12th Feb at the Main Theatre at the Market.  Exactly 25 years after the play first performed in Grahamstown, André Odendaal’s production opened at the 2011 National Arts Festival. Leon van Nierop concluded his review on Artslink saying “the play performs an open heart surgery on the South African psyche. It is timely, finely acted and forcefully directed. See it at all costs.”
Tues – Sat @ 20h00, Sun @ 15h00
Ticket prices: Tues – R66, Wed & Thurs – R95, Fri & Sat – R160, Sun – R120
Special: 11h00 performances @ R50 only from 10 – 13 January 2012

Following its success at three South African Arts Festivals and a tour of Holland, US playwright Dael Orlandersmith’s love story, Yellowman, is back at the Laager Theatre. Yellowman is a contemporary tragedy with the parts played by David Johnson as Eugene (Gene) and Mwenya Kabwe who won Fleur Du Cap for Best Actress for her role as Alma. Ticket prices: Tues – R66, Wed & Thurs – R90, Fri & Sat – R140, Sun – R100

There are two musicals showing at the Joburg Theatre. If ABBA is your thing then The ABBA Show is for you! – Showing until 5th Feb.     I heard P-J Powers being interviewed on her role as Dusty in You don’t have to say you love me; The Dusty Springfield Show.  Sounds like a fun production. On until the 12th February.  

At Pieter Toerien Monte Casino Main Theatre, Agatha Christie’s classic Whodunit is on until 26 Feb and the long-awaited production of  Broadway’s longest running musical, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera opens at Teatro Monte Casino on 31st January.

Straight from sold out seasons in Cape Town, the Grahamstown National Arts Festival and the Hilton Festival Gaetan Schmid’s comedy Body Language is showing the Old Mutual Theatre on the Square until 4th February.

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Jozi’s jazz spots

Nice site on SA’s top jazz spots – all but 3 in Jozi :). Gotta love Jozi! http://www.southafrica.net/sat/content/en/ca/business-tourism-top-10-detail?oid=417769&sn=Detail&pid=259797&Jazz-Venues
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The Joburg Art Scene in early 2012

The dawning of 2012 with the various art exhibitions has crept up and taken me by surprise so I have missed a whole lot of openings.   

Jessica Webster’s exhibition Mainly Benoni. And Paintings opens at 12 pm today at Nirox Projects on Arts on Main

Showing at In Toto is She@Intoto a group show on women by women. The invite includes Georgia O’Keefe’s aphorism: ‘I feel there is something unexplored about women that only a woman can explore’.   Closes 28th Feburary so plenty time to visit.   6 Birdhaven Centre, 66 St Andrews St Birdhaven

Closing on 28th January is John Phalane’s Malete an exhibition of his map art , currently showing at AOP at 44 Stanley Ave

Voice and Citizenship is a group show with a difference.  Showing at Artist Proof Studio at the Bus Factory in Newtown until 31st January, this exhibition depicts the visual journey that five Artist Proof Studio students and Cloudia Harwig their facilitator have undertaken over the last year as part of her masters study titled: ““The role of screen-print projects in enhancing awareness of active citizenship: a case study at Artist Proof Studio”.  The exhibition presents the processes, concepts and final artworks in the sequential stages that took place throughout the study. The screen-printed results present the different varieties of stencil-making techniques that screen-printing has to offer.   

Diane Victor’s exhibition at University of Johannebsurg Gallery finishes on Wednesday 25th Jan with a closing ceremony at 19.00

Anton Momberg’s show at Circa Gallery opened on 13th January and runs until 11th February.

Tinsel the fabulous store with jewellry designed by Geraldine Fenn and other award winning SA contemporary jewellers is moving at end January to Parkhurst . So visit them at their current location (until 31st January) in the Bamboo Centre in Melville. 

But still to open are:

Candice Breitz’s Extra! at the Standard Bank Gallery which runs from 8th February to 5th April.  

And it seems Goodman‘s 2012 programme only opens on 2nd February with a Group Show Advance/…. Notice with a stellar line-up including works by Candice Breitz, Mounir Fatmi, Robert Hodgins, Sam Nhlengethwa, Sigalit Landau, Walter Oltmann, Willem Boshoff ,William Kentridge, Langa Moshekwa, Mikhael Subotzky, Kudzanai Chiurai ,David Goldblatt, Frances Goodman, Gerhard Marx, Hank Willis, Thomas Hasan & Husain Essop,Jodi Bieber, Kagiso Pat Mautloa, Kendell Geers, Kentridge and Gerhard Marx – many of the who’s who of contemporary South African art.  Closes 25th February.

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