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PHILIPPART AND ANJA (article first published : 2006-12-2)

It’s always a delight to sit in the comfortable seats of the lofty and spacious iZulu Theatre at Sibaya Casino and Entertainment Kingdom. As we waited for the show to start, I was struck by the attractive lighting on the sequinned curtains which promised a sophisticated and upmarket production to come.

We weren’t disappointed. The spectacular Philippart and Anja is a slick, highly entertaining, very visual and extremely amusing hour-plus of humour, magic and song which is set to be one of the most colourful and exhilarating productions in KZN this festive season.

International illusionists Philippart and Anja have clocked up twenty years of working together and they spend much of their time performing in Monte Carlo where they are well-known by the tiny principality’s royal family. Their background is impressive and tells of illustrious careers on a world scale. They are also in demand as consultants to other illusionists, a sure sign of their considerable talent.

They are good foils for each other: the madcap Philippart (whose toothy image shrieks out at one from posters and advertisements as a somewhat scary wide open-mouthed figure wearing a wig that could have come straight from Lloyd Webber’s Cats!) and the ditzy lovable Anja.

Their sense of fun are well-matched by local singing sensation Jae who has an engaging sincerity and proves that she can handle comedy along with the best of them. Charming, sassy and a good mover, Jae sings songs from her album in the show. She recently signed a licensing deal with Euphonious Management, a boutique entertainment agency in Australia, with links in the USA so she’s definitely on the way up.

The show contains all the ingredients of the style of extravaganzas we used to enjoy at Sun City – lightning costume changes offering beautiful costumes and impressive feathered headdresses. I particularly liked the butterfly-winged outfits and the yellow three-piece suits with golden sequinned bras. There are also, dazzling effects, lots of dance numbers and good-looking performers. This all provides strong support for Philippart and Anja who create magical mayhem with illusions that are efficiently handled and often leave the audience breathless.

The show is directed by Jared Mackenzie, who has worked on many Sun International productions over the years and has just completed three productions for the group’s Carousel Casino. It’s good to see so many Durban names among the cast and crew.

A small niggle, more to do with the show’s management rather than the production itself. Upmarket glamorous and glossy programmes are all very well but in a darkened auditorium – even waiting for curtain-up - it is virtually impossible to read white writing on shiny black paper.

Philippart and Anja runs at Sibaya Wednesdays to Fridays at 20h00 with Saturdays at 17h30 and 20h30 (Sundays at 15h00), Tickets R90 weekdays (R120 over weekends). Booking through Sibaya box office on 031 580 5555. – Caroline Smart




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