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RED EYE TRANSFORM (article first published : 2006-09-25)

Red Eye: Transform! takes place on September 29 as part of the City's Celebrate Durban, KZN initiative. Kicking off in the Durban Art Gallery and taking over parts of Smith Street, this Red Eye promises to “Transform!” these city spaces as they are generally known.

Choreographer Eric Shabalala of Siwela Sonke Dance Theatre holds the curatorial reigns this time around. Red Eye enthusiasts can expect to feast on a mixture of contemporary dance, featuring among others Sifiso Khumalo, Caroline van Wyk, Neliswa Rushualang, Ntombi Gasa and Super Cele. Over 40 'Urban Ethnic Retro Chic' garments are courtesy of young designer Shaun Mbhele (of WretrOlive); new media/video installations by Carlos Francisco and Benjamin Haskins (of Carbon), Roger Miller, Tamlyn Martin, Mark Meyer and Ashley Jewnarain.

For their installation titled Song of Solomon, Capetonian artists Julian Jonker and Ralph Borland have created an aleatoric audio collage, drawing on the estimated 400 recorded versions of Mbube/Wimoweh/’A Lion Sleeps Tonight as well as other examples of the mbube genre and older ancestral forms.

The Durban Drum Beat Colab featuring Richard Ellis and the acclaimed father and daughter duo, Steve and Tara Fataar, as well as Djs of the RustPunk colab will spice up the night with funky rhythms.

Red Eye: Transform! starts at 18h00 sharp continuing until midnight. Tickets R25 (R20 students with valid student card) on sale at the door. Children under 12 free. There will be a cash bar and food from the Royal Hotel will be on sale. Parking is available at the Albany Parkade with 'lollipop men' in attendance as escorts to and from the event.

More information from Francesca at the Durban Art Gallery on 031 311 2268 or email fverga@gmail.com or turnerl@durban.gov.za




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