I visited the Baxter Theater on Friday evening to take part in their second highly popular ‘Taste, Tweet and Theatre’ evenings, with wines and canapes sponsored by the Diemersfontein Wine Estate. The event celebrated well-known artist and composer Neo Muyanga and his debut as a writer with the world premiere of Memory of how it feels, all together it made for a great evening.
The wine-tasting, theatre and social media event was first launched in December last year to great success with David Kramer’s Breyani and Solms-Delta. For this second event the Baxter theater teamed up with Diemersfontein which presented three wines for tasting and sampling, which was followed by a highly energetic performance.
Inspired by the traditional Zulu practice of exchanging beads encoded with secret messages between lovers, Memory of how it feels gently weaves together three tonal short stories, using elements of myth and folklore from Uganda, Egypt and ancient Sumeria. Narration, dance and chamber music (which combines classical and traditional music) are craftily strung together to create a work which reflects both romantic and platonic new love.
Not only did Muyanga pen the new work, he also composed the music for the production as well as being the musical director. Ina Wichterich-Mogane makes her directorial debut and doubles up as choreographer with Patrick Curtis responsible for lighting design. The dynamic cast comprises 2007 Fleur du Cap Best Actress winner Chuma Sopotela and the multi-talented Apollo Ntshoko as narrators with Andile Vellem from Remix Dance Company as dancer.
Memory of how it feels at the Baxter Golden Arrow Studio runs until 19 March at 6.30pm or 8.15pm nightly (with no performances on 2 and 3 March). Ticket prices are R120 (Tuesdays to Thursdays) and R130 (Fridays and Saturdays). Bookings through Computicket or at any Shoprite Checkers outlet countrywide. For discounted block, schools or corporate bookings, charities and fundraisers, contact Sharon on 021 680 3962 or Carmen on 021 680 3993 during office hours.