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YAEL’S LOVE STORY (article first published : 2004-06-2)

Yael Farber, Standard Bank Young Artist Award winner for 2003, has been invited to take her Festival production Molóra, to perform in August at the most prestigious Laokoon Festival Kampnagel in Hamburg, Germany.

“I am truly honoured to be taking Molóra and all my wonderful actors to this festival, it has made all the hard work worth every minute,” commented Yael.

The Artistic Director Mr Hidenaga Otori attended the 2003 National Arts Festival’s Showcase where he saw her production, and invited her to Hamburg. Mr Otori was one of the international talent scouts who came to the Festival in search of new talent and shows.

Yael Farber’s production of Amajuba for the North West Arts Council was also spotted on the Fringe and has been invited by the Oxford Playhouse for an extensive tour of the United Kingdom including a season at the Barbican Theatre.

Yael graduated from the University of the Witwatersrand with a BA Dramatic Art (Hons) degree in 1993 and spent the next three years acting. Her directing skills were noticed by Lara Foot Newton who gave her the funding for her first play, The Night Larry Kramer Kissed Me. From there Yael never looked back, receiving award after award with Shopping and F**king, Hello and Goodbye, Sezar and He Left Quietly, just to name a few.

The National Arts Festival, together with Jan Ryan of UK Arts International, launched a performing arts Showcase at the 2003 Festival. Twelve producers and impresarios were invited to visit the Festival and artists were able to meet, network and showcase their works. This is one of the success stories of this initiative.

However, the story doesn’t end there. Welby Altidor from the Cirque du Soleil, Montreal, Canada who attended the Showcase, met and became friends with our famous Yael Farber. As all friendships blossomed, so did this one and Yael Farber is about to become Mrs Yael Altidor!




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