11TH Baxter Dance Festival
October 8 to 17
The 2015 Baxter Dance Festival kicks off with the internationally-acclaimed rieldansers, Die Nuwe Graskoue Trappers, on Thursday, October 8, and Mamela Nyamza and Neliswe Xaba’s The Last Attitude on October 9 at 8pm. There will only be one performance each by these two companies.
Following the resounding success of the 10th anniversary last year, this year’s line-up will showcase a record number of 78 works by choreographers with nearly 800 dancers representing dance studios, schools, companies, groups, independent dance-makers and choreographers from all over the Western Cape.
The Main Programme runs from October 8 to 16 at 8pm and will feature works by established professionals. The Off Main programme will take place on October 10 at 5pm and will showcase different works by up-and-coming choreographers (including student choreography), while the Fringe programme on October 17 at 2pm will include 33 works by youth groups, dance studios, school groups and traditional dance groups.
Visit www.baxter.co.za for the full programme.
‘The White Man’s Guide To Sacrifice’
Until October 10
The funky dark farce ‘The White Man’s Guide to Sacrifice’, written and directed by Alex McCarthy, is a quirky and hilarious story about two young men who have just been accepted into the Lamborghini Club. This has been their dream for as long as they can remember. With the club’s connections, they will be fast-tracked up the corporate ladder and welcomed into the arms of luxury. In three days important club members are coming over for the party of a lifetime, and these two wannabees have no choice but to impress. However, there is a problem…there is a cow in their spanking new lounge.
‘Reza De Wet’s Missing’
October 14 to 24
Mdu Kweyama breathes new life into acclaimed playwright Reza De Wet’s ‘Missing’, which has been adapted from the original and translated by Stephen Stead into English, under the title ‘Reza de Wet’s Missing’. The young director takes the play out of its better-known Afrikaans idiom and places it into a universal realm as Kweyama brings more physicality to her poetic writing. The magical-realist play about a young daughter’s escape from her dysfunctional rural family brings women who are trapped and scared into the spotlight. How far will their fear take them?
October 20 to 31
Anton Chekov’s classic drama ‘The Seagull’, translated into Afrikaans and adapted by Saartjie Botha as ‘Die Seemeeu’ and featuring a star-studded cast, flies into the Baxter Theatre for a short season from October 20 to 31. 2015 Standard Bank Young Artist for Theatre Christiaan Olwagen directs the stellar ensemble led by luminaries Sandra Prinsloo, Marius Weyers and Gerben Kamper with Alyzzander Fourie, Deon Lotz, Rolanda Marais, Martelize Kolver, Albert Pretorius, Geon Nel and Cintaine Schutte.
The production amassed multiple awards and played to sold-out audiences at various festivals. Cape Town audiences are in for a treat and will be able to enjoy and experience this updated and contemporary version in full-colour, 3D and surround sound, performed in Afrikaans with English surtitles.
Booking for any of these exciting shows is through Computicket on 0861 915 8000, online at www.computicket.com or at any Shoprite Checkers outlet. For more information, visit www.baxter.co.za; or call 021 685 7880.