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AARDKLOP (article first published : 2002-08-18)

An unusual reality poetry presentation is one of the highlights of the literary art programme at the Aardklop National Arts Festival. Dance-lovers can look forward to a special pot-pourri, with the very first visit of the SA Ballet Theatre.

Frans J. van Rensburg’s bilingual Sellelied, winner of the tender in the literary art section, investigates the physical and spiritual confinement of man within a ruthless prison milieu. Works of Breyten Breytenbach, Herman Charles Bosman, Eugene Terre’Blanche, Allan Boesak, Tokyo Sexwale, Jeremy Cronin, Frank Anthony, Dennis Brutus and the people’s poet, Mzwakhe Mbuli, are used, as well as poetry of unknown prisoners collected by Van Rensburg with the assistance of prison authorities. Forty prisoners from the Potchefstroom Prison will be used in the programme with special permission of the Department of Correctional Services to create a realistic atmosphere, through the use of sound as well as visually.

Domini canes, The dogs of God, was the punning name given to the Dominicans, the order to which the leaders of the Inquisition almost exclusively belonged. In N P van Wyk Louw’s poetic soliloquy Die hond van God, the struggle of an inquisitor before God comes dramatically to life. It is performed by Gavin van den Berg with Charles Fourie as director.

Uys Krige’s oeuvre includes many Afrikaans poems and dramas, translated works, English short stories and a novel, The Way Out: His literary legacy, but most importantly his relationship with his mother, Sannie, is the focus of Saartjie Botha’s Die goue seun. At the recent Klein Karoo National Arts Festival, this production won the Kanna Prize for the best contribution to serious drama and literary art, while Neels van Jaarsveld (in the role of Krige) walked away with the Slurpie Prize as the best newcomer. Also with Grethe Fox, André Roodtman and Francois le Roux (cello), and Marthinus Basson as director.

Boerneef and C. Louis Leipoldt are two other earlier Afrikaans poets who will be celebrated in word and song. Gebredie en geblerrie – Boerneef is presented against the background of an exhibition of work by Pierneef and his contemporaries. With, among others, Paul and Netta Schutte, Alma Oosthuizen (soprano) and Henriette Zaaiman (harp). ’n Handvol gruis is a journey of music and poetry based on the life and work of Leipoldt. With Johann Nel, Derek Fordyce (musical director), Leon Schelhase and Juanita Swanepoel (director).

Contemporary poet Antjie Krog’s poems relating to being a young girl, a woman and being free are used in Vry vrou, presented by the Muse theatre group under the auspices of Snowy Krüger. Literary art is also celebrated in the KMad.com dance company’s Lyftaal with Kelsey Middleton as choreographer. This contemporary dance programme consists of two works. In Die Afrikaanse digkuns in liriek, poetry by Breyten Breytenbach, Hennie Aucamp and Ingrid Jonker is interpreted in dance and movement. In Born in the RSA, the focus falls on the country, its people and especially its music and musicians such as Buckfever Underground, Amampondo, the African Jazz Pioneers, David Kramer, Dozi, Mandoza and Johannes Kerkorrel. Kimbrian Bergh, the athletic soloist of the South African Ballet Theatre, can be seen as invited guest dancer, with the young dancers of KMad.com exhibiting their talent and versatility.

The South African Ballet Theatre will have its debut at Aardklop with a wonderful pot-pourri of contemporary, cross-cultural and classical dance with the title Six Shades of Dance (also known as Drieluik). Esther Nasser’s modern Pieces of You is a romantic and moving pas de deux about a relationship in which a chest of drawers forms an integral part. Sean Bovim’s Ngi Zothi Sala Kahle Ku Sasa (I will say goodbye tomorrow) for the whole company is a contemporary ballet with Afrocentric elements. Kaloyon Boyadjiev, who was born and raised in Europe but has lived in South Africa for some time, created a new ballet for the company on the contrasts and similarities between cultures. Fiona Budd’s Glow Worm for five men and four women explores the playful nature of Linkse’s music from the operetta Lysistrata. In a classical vein, there is the wedding from Marius Petipa’s joyous Don Quixote; and the grand finale is fiery Spanish dancing from Veronica Paeper’s Carmen using music by Bizet. There will be only one performance by the South African Ballet Theatre at the festival on September 28 at 14h00 in the Sanlam auditorium.

Aardklop runs from September 24 to 28 in Potchefstroom. Bookings have already opened at Computicket. For information on accommodation, contact 018 294-7508 or visit www.aardklop.co.za For daily bus trips from Pretoria and Johannesburg to Potchefstroom phone 011 792-0609.




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