A
 
Web www.artsmart.co.za
A R T S M A R T
arts news from kwazulu-natal

drama
www.artsmart.co.za
enquiries@artsmart.co.za
 A current news
crafts - dance - drama - film & tv - literature
music - supper theatre - visual arts
miscellaneous news - festivals
letters to the editor
home page
archives A
crafts - dance - drama - film & tv - literature
music - supper theatre - visual arts
miscellaneous news - festivals
 

NB: as of 23 September 2008, all new artSMart articles are being published on the site news.artsmart.co.za.

NAF FRINGE (article first published : 2006-05-20)

With no less than 51 premières on the 2006 National Arts Festival Fringe, there's no way theatre lovers should stay at home this winter!

The National Arts Festival runs from June 29 to July 8 and performers are expected from The Netherlands, Ireland, Ethiopia, Namibia, Malawi, Botswana, Zimbabwe and the United States. They're coming from Polokwane, Port Elizabeth, Pretoria and Potchefstroom - in fact all nine South African provinces. There are 39 visual art exhibitions and a mammoth 287 productions in this year's line-up, which includes cabaret, drama, physical theatre, dance, comedy, music theatre, performance poetry, music and children's theatre.

On the comedy front, Festival favourites like Raiders, Boet 'n Swaer, Hoot, Black Mamba, and Sidesplitting Stef are back and they're joined by an eclectic mix of stand-up comedians and comedy dramas - some of which are likely to take the blue out of even the queen's blood!

Award-winning playwrights, directors and actors rub shoulders with Festival debutants in what promises to be one of the most exciting drama programmes in recent Fringe Festival history. Directors include the likes of Janet Buckland, Rob Murray, Bongani Linda, Peter Court, Robert Kirby, Seputla Sebogodi, Peter Krummeck, Bobby Heaney, Peter Hayes, Greig Coetzee, Peter Ngwenya, Ian Roberts, and many others.

Electrifying dance movements from a host of emerging and recognised companies establish the Fringe as the place to be for diversity in dance. Pantsula, hip hop, gumboot, bolero, kofifi, tap, tango, and acrobatics - from modern contemporary to traditional African and classical ballet - it all awaits you at the 2006 National Arts Festival Fringe.

You'll be strumming along with Tony Cox, grooving to Dudu Manhenga and Color Blu's jazz, and rocking to the Centrestage line-up. On the music programme there's afro-jazz, rhythm and blues, a whole lot of soul, classical recitals, gospel choirs and marimba bands. From new-age to new wave, indigenous African instruments to the sound world of the Japanese Sakuhachi - there's something to satisfy everyone's ear - even an opera - a fun Donizetti one-act comic opera, Rita - The Battered Husband!

The Physical Theatre line-up combines a myriad of theatre styles - from pure physicality to dance, mime, music, improvisations, poetry and magical illusions; and the ever-growing urban phenomenon of performance poetry hits Grahamstown with a vengeance.

The Eastern Cape Government, Standard Bank, The National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund, the SABC and The National Arts Council proudly sponsor The National Arts Festival, Grahamstown.

Grab a Fringe advance Booking Kit from selected Standard Bank branches and Computicket outlets - or visit the website: www.nafest.co.za

It's a whopper of a Fringe! Don't miss out on a fantastic programme - get along to Computicket from May 22 when bookings open and make sure you get the tickets you want. For enquiries, contact the Festival Office on 046 603 1103 / 1164 or email naf@foundation.org.za




 A current news
crafts - dance - drama - film & tv - literature
music - supper theatre - visual arts
miscellaneous news - festivals
letters to the editor
home page
archives A
crafts - dance - drama - film & tv - literature
music - supper theatre - visual arts
miscellaneous news - festivals
a co-production by caroline smart services and .durbanet. site credits
copyright © subsists in this page. all rights reserved. [ edit ] copyright details  artsmart