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RAKA (article first published : 1999-10-16)

Since its publication, N P van Wyk Louw’s epic poem Raka has been a source of inspiration for many and diverse artistic endeavours. In the 1960’s Graham Newcater and Frank Staff turned it into a ballet. More recently, it metamorphosed into a concerto for piano and orchestra. Numerous dramatised performances have seen the light of day as speech choirs, dance dramas and multi-media presentations.

This latest presentation by Carel Trichardt and Petru Wessels offers a new and inspired dynamic to the work. By including the talented Abraham and Lizanne Helberg, better known as Marimba 2000, to underscore the poetry with an astonishing mixture of Afro and Euro sound, they create a gripping and majestic theatrical experience.

Having performed all over South Africa and abroad, Raka finally comes to Durban’s Kwasuka Theatre for a very limited season on November, 5, 6 and 7. Booking is through Computicket or at the theatre on (031) 309-2236. Schools wishing to make a block booking should phone Pertulia on the same number.


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