A
 
Web www.artsmart.co.za
A R T S M A R T
arts news from kwazulu-natal

miscellaneous news
www.artsmart.co.za
enquiries@artsmart.co.za
 A current news
crafts - dance - drama - film & tv - literature
music - supper theatre - visual arts
miscellaneous news - festivals
letters to the editor
home page
archives A
crafts - dance - drama - film & tv - literature
music - supper theatre - visual arts
miscellaneous news - festivals
 

NB: as of 23 September 2008, all new artSMart articles are being published on the site news.artsmart.co.za.

CHANSONS, LUMIÈRE ET FLEURS 5 (article first published : 2001-07-7)

The four floral artists of Beach Stamp Productions are back again at the Standard Bank National Arts Festival in Grahamstown and, as usual, pulling in the audiences to the tiny Moot Room attached to Rhodes’s Law Faculty.

Chansons, Lumière et Fleurs 5 (Songs, Light and Flowers) is now in its fifth year with another innovative and charming production which links performance floral art with song and poetry. This year, their schedule was daunting with no less than 19 shows over the 10-day period. This puts great strain on the plant material and I think it is time the organisers started looking around for a bigger venue which can accommodate larger audience numbers in a single daily show. The show also deserves a better rig than a single spotlight and simple lights it has now.

This year May Bennett, Eve Mackay, Jean Page and Anne Timm have excelled themselves. Blazing red anthirriums starkly dramatic against black backgrounds conjure up the high-powered blast of space rockets in Star Trek; arum lilies bend to resemble trumpets for Beautiful Noise, and circles of twined vines created Windmills of your mind.

An exquisite crib scene was produced with the baby in a manger covered by meshed ferns below a protective arch dripping lilies and roses for Sleeping Child. Catch a Falling Star proved how inventive the group – or rather, their handyman husbands – are getting in terms of producing structures to support the displays.

This year, the National English Literary Museum based in Grahamstown mounted an exhibition on the life and works of the late poet Douglas Livingstone. So, it was fitting that the show included one of his poems, Not This Once read by Peter Gardner to accompany an image of a seated girl made out of aloe leaves.

The theme from Dr Zhivago prompted a sparkling miniature Russian landscape with tiny “silver” trees. And … Who Let the Dogs Out?. Whoever they were, nice move!

Highlights of the programme were Fiddler on the Roof with a figure in Cossack styled hat, poinsettia torso and banana leaf-stem legs seemingly prancing across a roof of dried aloes and I’m gonna get lit up when the lights go up in London which featured Big Ben, the world’s most famous timepiece, and Tower Bridge. Another delight was Incy wincy spider, hoisted with its web to ceiling level.




 A current news
crafts - dance - drama - film & tv - literature
music - supper theatre - visual arts
miscellaneous news - festivals
letters to the editor
home page
archives A
crafts - dance - drama - film & tv - literature
music - supper theatre - visual arts
miscellaneous news - festivals
a co-production by caroline smart services and .durbanet. site credits
copyright © subsists in this page. all rights reserved. [ edit ] copyright details  artsmart