NEO MUYANGA'S 'MEMORY OF HOW IT FEELS' - PIC: Mark Wessels
We’ve decided to add a little theatre to 10and5 by welcoming the Drama King to our weekly features. Every Thursday, he’ll give us his pick of shows to see or to avoid. Here is the first installment:
The top 5 Cape Town theatre attractions for the next week…
5. Jeremy Taylor in Concert
The original “Ag Pleez Daddy” singer and South African folklore musician, Jeremy Taylor, brings together music and humour at the Kalk Bay Theatre.
2 – 20 March at the Kalk Bay Theatre. Tickets: R125. Wed – Sat. shows start at 8.30pm. Sunday shows at 7.30pm. Book: 073 220 5430
4. Rob van Vuuren – Unplugged and Unhinged
Rob van Vuuren takes to the stage in a very informal and almost improvised-style, unleashing a lot of his latest never-seen-before stand-up.
Final performance: Sunday, 27 February at the Kalk Bay Theatre. Tickets: R70. Show starts at 7.30pm. Book: 073 220 5430
3. Skews Me
Dylan Skews – one of SA’s fastest fame-rising and multi-award winning comedian hits On Broadway with his first solo show.
Showing till Saturday, 26 February at On Broadway. Tickets: R55.55. Shows start at 8.30pm. Book: 021 424 1194.
The Swiss masters of make-believe and illusion wow audiences and critics wherever they perform. By using everyday objects and materials they create ingenious costumes and expressive masks that are transformed into fascinating and funny creatures.
Neo Muyanga’s ‘Memory of how it feels’ at the Baxter is a tantalizing little something, that plays with all one’s senses. The piece tells three love stories that are interwoven together, with a new musical sound that Muyanga has created (taking a classical seven-piece orchestra and turning it on its head -generating an African sound); powerful movement; and a strong text.
It was originally inspired by the Zulu traditional practice of lovers exchanging beads with encoded messages; and each story draws influence from one of three different African countries, namely Uganda, Sumeria and Egypt. The stories represent different kinds of love, from the love between a child and their relative, to that of romantically-involved lovers. Whilst “African” seems to be the in-style on the stages of South Africa, and has lately become rather overdone, director Ina Wichterich-Mogane brings a whole new level to this style, and in my opinion, redefines the genre.
‘Memory of how it feels’ features an award-winning cast, made up of top local actors and dancers, Apollo Ntshoko, Chuma Sopotela and Andile Vellem. Director Wichterich-Mogane and composer/playwright Muyanga have created a real gem, and it ought not to be missed. ‘Memory of how it feels’ is one of those pieces that leaves one thinking, and is for the most part open to one’s own interpretation, but I think Wichterich-Mogane has managed to get her vision across to audiences -it is all about the memory of what you felt.