The Pervert Laura

The Pervert Laura
6 – 30 MAY 2015
TUE – SAT 8 PM | R130 – R150
The Fugard Studio Theatre
  • Dates

    06 May 2015 - 30 May 2015
  • Time

    TUE – SAT 8 PM
  • Price

    R130 – R150
  • Cast

    • Emily ChildLaura
    • Terry NortonTherapist
    • Nicholas PaulingMan
    • Guy de LanceyFather
    • Sarah Grace PotterDonna
  • Creative

    • Louis ViljoenWriter, Director
    • Guy de LanceyDesign

Strictly no under 18s.

Winner: Best Actress (Emily Child) and Best New Director (Louis Viljoen) at the 2015 Fleur du Cap Theatre Awards.

The Pervert Laura, an unsettling and dark psycho-drama, will be presented by Eric Abraham and the Fugard Theatre at the Fugard Studio Theatre from 6 to 30 May, 2015. At the recent Fleur du Cap Theatre Awards held at Artscape in March, the play won playwright Louis Viljoen the Rosalie van der Gucht Prize for Best New Director. Viljoen also won the Best New South African Script award for another of his acclaimed plays, The Kingmakers, making him the only double winner on the night. The Pervert Laura also received a nomination in the category of Best New South African Script. Emily Child won the Best Lead Actress Award for her portrayal of the titular character in The Pervert Laura and co-star Guy de Lancey received a Best Supporting Actor nomination for his work.
 
The production, which garnered rave reviews after its premiere season at the historical Little Theatre in December last year, stars Child (King Lear, Champ, Don't Dress for Dinner, A Certain Lady) as Laura, with a powerhouse supporting cast of Terry Norton (Othello, Equus, A Doll's House, Rainbow Scars), Nicholas Pauling (Amadeus, Hamlet, Waiting for the Barbarians, Champ, The Frontiersmen), Guy de Lancey (Cosi, The Birdwatchers, Endgame) and newcomer Sarah Potter (Four Small Gods, The Lover, Ebola). Child, Norton, Pauling and de Lancey are all former Fleur du Cap Theatre Award nominees and winners.
 
The Pervert Laura follows 30-year-old Laura through a week in her life. In conversations with her therapist, an attempt at an affair in a seedy hotel room, and through arguments with her family, Laura reveals herself to be a woman on the road to absolute self-annihilation. As secrets are unearthed and accusations are made and relationships are shattered, the true source of Laura's decision to veer from the path society chose for her becomes clear. The play is an uncomfortable journey into the dark heart of a woman's past, and what awaits her in the darkness is more monstrous than she could have imagined. It is a character study of a woman disassembling her life that becomes a horrific odyssey as the story unfolds.
 
Advance booking is recommended for this limited season.

Warning: The Pervert Laura contains explicit language, nudity and scenes of a sexual nature. Strictly no under 18s. Please note that there will be no entry after the start of the performance.

★★★★★ The cast of five achieve theatre of a calibre seldom attained …. - Beverley Brommert, The Cape Argus
Explicit, erotic, depraved, critically engaging and ultimately utterly liberating. - Steyn Du Toit, The Cape Times
Viljoen carefully orchestrates the twists and turns with masterful agility. - David Fick, Broadway World
You’ll walk out feeling exquisitely tortured. - Steve Kretzman, The Critter
★★★★★ The cast of five achieve theatre of a calibre seldom attained …. - Beverley Brommert, The Cape Argus
Explicit, erotic, depraved, critically engaging and ultimately utterly liberating. - Steyn Du Toit, The Cape Times
Viljoen carefully orchestrates the twists and turns with masterful agility. - David Fick, Broadway World
You’ll walk out feeling exquisitely tortured. - Steve Kretzman, The Critter

The Pharaoh's Daughter

The Pharaoh's Daughter
9 NOV 2014
11 AM | R100
The Fugard Bioscope
  • Dates

    09 Nov 2014 - 09 Nov 2014
  • Time

    11 AM
  • Price

    R100

Screened as part of the 2014 & 2015 World Cinema Season

Young Englishman Lord Wilson is travelling through Egypt when a powerful storm breaks out. He is forced to take shelter in the nearest pyramid, where the daughter of one of Egypt’s most powerful pharaohs lies entombed. Lord Wilson falls asleep and begins to dream that the princess has come to life.

The plot of this lavish production is loosely based on Théophile Gauthier’s novel Le Roman de la Momie. French choreographer Pierre Lacotte was exclusively commissioned in 2000 by the Bolshoi Theatre to resurrect Marius Petipa’s mighty Egyptian fresco, and he succeeded brilliantly in giving new life to this forgotten masterpiece.

With its exotic setting, impressive parades, spectacular variations and crowd scenes, this grand 19th-century Orientalist fantasy is one of the most remarkable productions in the Bolshoi’s repertoire. The main roles are here danced by Bolshoi principals Svetlana Zakharova, Nina Kaptsova and Ruslan Skvortsov.

The Sleeping Beauty

The Sleeping Beauty
17 Mar 2013
2 & 6PM
The Fugard Bioscope
  • Dates

    17 Mar 2013 -
  • Time

    2 & 6PM
  • Duration

    2 hours 15 minutes
  • Cast

    • Lauren CuthbertsonPrincess Aurora
    • Sergei PoluninPrince Florimund
  • Creative

    • Pyotr Il’yich TchaikovskyMusic
    • Boris GruzinConductor
    • Marius PetipaChoreography
    • Oliver MesselOriginal Designs

First staged in St Petersburg in 1890, The Sleeping Beauty is the pinnacle of classical ballet: a perfect marriage of Petipa’s choreography and Tchaikovsky’s music and a glorious challenge for every dancer onstage. It is also The Royal Ballet’s signature work. To mark the Company’s 75th birthday in 2006, Monica Mason and Christopher Newton revitalized its landmark 1946 production, which re-established Petipa’s choreography as recorded by Imperial Ballet régisseur Nicholas Sergeyev, to a scenario and staging developed by Ninette de Valois herself, founder of The Royal Ballet. With Oliver Messel’s gorgeous original designs wonderfully re-imagined by Peter Farmer, and additional choreography by Anthony Dowell, Christopher Wheeldon and Frederick Ashton, today’s Sleeping Beauty not only captures the mood of the original but shows that this is very much a living work for The Royal Ballet, growing and changing with the Company while celebrating its past.

The Sleeping Beauty

The Sleeping Beauty
29 DEC 2013
11AM | R100
The Fugard Bioscope
  • Dates

    29 Dec 2013 -
  • Time

    11AM
  • Price

    R100
  • Duration

    2 hours 15 minutes
  • Cast

    • Andrei SitnikovKing Florestan XIV
    • Kristina KarasyovaThe Queen
    • Svetlana ZakharovaPrincess Aurora
    • David HallbergPrince Désirè
    • Alexei LoparevichCatalabutte
  • Creative

    • Pyotr Illyich TchaikovskyMusic
    • Marius PetipaChoreography
    • Simon VirsaladzeDesigner
    • Vassily SinaiskyMusical Direction

Part of The World Opera & Ballet Season 2013/2014

A treasured tale of fairies, spells, and storybook romance: The Sleeping Beauty is the ultimate in classical ballet. Yuri Grigorovich’s adaptation of Marius Petipa’s choreography, called “the best of the Bolshoi” (The New York Times), is paired with some of Tchaikovsky’s most memorable melodies. The Sleeping Beauty stars David Hallberg, the first ever American Premier dancer (principal dancer) at the Bolshoi, as Prince Désirè and Svetlana Zakharova as Princess Aurora. This production was one of the very first performed in the newly renovated Bolshoi Theatre.

The Sleeping Beauty

The Sleeping Beauty
26 MAR 2017
11 AM | R100
The Fugard Bioscope
  • Dates

    26 Mar 2017 - 26 Mar 2017
  • Time

    11 AM
  • Price

    R100
  • Duration

    2 hours 50 minutes
  • Cast

    • The Bolshoi Principals
    • The Bolshoi Soloists and Corps de Ballet
  • Creative

    • Pyotr Ilyich TchaikovskyMusic
    • Yuri GrigorovichChoreography
    • Ivan VsevolozhskyLibretto
    • Marius Petipa Libretto

Screened as part of the 2017 Fugard Bioscope World Arts Season. From The Bolshoi Ballet.

On her 16th birthday, a curse by the evil Carabosse causes the beautiful Princess Aurora to fall into a deep slumber for 100 years. Only the kiss of a prince could awaken her…

In this resplendent and magical classic, the Bolshoi dancers take us on a dream-like journey through this classic fairytale complete with jewel fairies, a magical kingdom, a youthful princess and a handsome prince in this purest style of classical ballet. The Bolshoi’s sumptuous staging with its luxurious sets and costumes gives life to Perrault’s fairy tale unlike any other. A must-see!

The Taming of the Shrew

The Taming of the Shrew
6 MAR 2016
11 AM | R100
The Fugard Bioscope
  • Dates

    06 Mar 2016 - 06 Mar 2016
  • Time

    11 AM
  • Price

    R100
  • Duration

    2 hours 10 minutes
  • Cast

    • Ekaterina KrysanovaKatharina
    • Vladislav LantratovPetruchio
    • Olga SmirnovaBianca
    • Semyon ChudinLucentio
    • Igor TsvirkoHortensio
    • Vyacheslav LopatinGremio
    • Yulia GrebenshchikovaThe Widow
    • Artemy BelyakovBaptista
    • Anna TikhomirovaThe Housekeeper
    • Georgy GusevGrumio
  • Creative

    • Jean-Christophe MaillotChoreographer
    • Dmitri ShostakovichMusic
    • Igor DronovConductor
    • Ernest Pignon-ErnestSet Designer
    • Augustin MaillotCostume Designer

Screened as part of the 2015 & 2016 Fugard Bioscope World Arts Season. From the Bolshoi Ballet.

Many suitors dream of marrying the lovely and docile Bianca, including Lucentio. However her father will not let anyone marry her before her elder sister, the ill-tempered shrew Katherina, is herself married.

French choreographer Jean-Christophe Maillot lands a coup with his adaptation of Shakespeare's comedy tailored specifically to the Bolshoi dancers, and achieves a magnetic two hours of breathtaking, nonstop dance unlike any other, portraying the Bolshoiís audacity and energy in a completely new way.

The Threepenny Opera

The Threepenny Opera
29 JAN 2017
11 AM | R100
The Fugard Bioscope
  • Dates

    29 Jan 2017 - 29 Jan 2017
  • Time

    11 AM
  • Price

    R100
  • Duration

    2 hours 40 minutes
  • Cast

    • Rory Kinnear Captain Macheath, AKA ‘Mack the Knife’
    • Rosalie CraigPolly Peachum
    • Haydn GwynneCelia Peachum
  • Creative

    • Rufus NorrisDirector
    • Vicki MortimerDesigner
    • Simon StephensAdaptation

Screened as part of the 2017 Fugard Bioscope World Arts Season. From The National Theatre.

Rory Kinnear is Mack the Knife in a new version of this landmark twentieth-century musical, broadcast live from the stage of the National Theatre.

Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill’s classic musical theatre piece is adapted by Simon Stephens (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time) and directed by Rufus Norris (EverymanLondon Road).

As London's East End scrubs up for the coronation, Mr and Mrs Peachum gear up for a bumper day in the beggary business. Keeping tight control of the city's underground – and their daughter’s whereabouts.

With Olivier Award-winner Rory Kinnear (HamletOthelloJames Bond) as Macheath, alongside Rosalie Craig (As You Like ItMy Family and other Animals) as Polly Peachum and Haydn Gwynne (The WindsorsDrop the Dead Donkey) as Mrs Peachum.

Contains filthy language and immoral behaviour.

The Who: Live in Hyde Park

The Who: Live in Hyde Park
22 NOV 2015
11 AM | R100
The Fugard Bioscope
  • Dates

    22 Nov 2015 - 22 Nov 2015
  • Time

    11 AM
  • Price

    R100
  • Duration

    2 hours

Screened as part of the 2015 & 2016 Fugard Bioscope World Arts Season.

One of the greatest rock bands of all time, The Who celebrate 50 years of classic songs live in London’s Hyde Park. The show-stopping performance features all of their greatest hits and proves The Who are still one of the best live bands playing today.

Recorded in front of a sell-out crowd of 65,000 fans, Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend deliver a definitive set list of all the greatest hits as The Who take their audience on an ʻAmazing Journeyʼ through their entire career from classic albums such as Who’s Next, Tommy, Quadrophenia, My Generation and Live At Leeds up to the present day

Featuring ‘My Generation’, ‘Pinball Wizard’, ‘Baba O’Riley’, ‘Who Are You’, ‘The Kids Are Alright’, ‘Won’t Get Fooled Again’, ‘You Better You Bet’ and many more, audiences on a rocking rollercoaster through The Who’s outstanding catalogue of hits. Co-founders Roger and Pete are joined by Zak Starkey (Ringo Starr’s son) on drums and Pino Palladino on bass to help create that signature sound that has made The Who such unmissable performers.

Complementing the live performance, the exclusive cinema featurette includes interviews with Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend talking about playing Hyde Park and what The Who means to them and their fans after 50 years. Other contributors include Robert Plant, Iggy Pop, Johnny Marr and others, explaining just how influential and admired the band were - and still are - by their rock peers.

It was a few miles west of Hyde Park that 50 years ago Townshend, Daltrey and the late Keith Moon and John Entwistle created the soundtrack for the capital's original Mod scene - playing adrenaline (and more) fuelled vignettes of aspiring working class teenage life. It is the band's ability to still thrill five decades later which makes this film an electrifying cinematic event not to be missed. 

The World Opera and Ballet Season 2012/2013

The World Opera and Ballet Season 2012/2013
10 Jun 2012 - 21 Apr 2013
R50 - R100
The Fugard Bioscope
  • Dates

    10 Jun 2012 - 21 Apr 2013
  • Price

    R50 - R100

The Fugard Theatre, in association with Opus Arte and Emerging Pictures, The Royal Opera House, The Royal Ballet and the Bolshoi Ballet Companies, Gran Teatre del Liceu and Teatro alla Scala proudly present the World Opera and Ballet Season 2012/2013 in cinema.

Through exclusive associations with Opus Arte (London), Emerging Cinema (New York), The Royal Opera, The Royal Ballet & the Bolshoi Ballet Companies and Gran Teatre del Liceu and Teatro alla Scala, the Fugard Theatre will once again present the finest of what the World Opera and Ballet Stages have to offer in splendid digital high definition and dolby surround sound.

Audiences who have come to love the monthly screenings can look forward to an extended recorded slate which is on offer alongside the superb Fugard Theatre hospitality. The screenings make for a great afternoon out and offers an extra special expereince at the Fugard Theatre. Be sure to book for your seats well in advance – Friends of the Fugard benefit from excellent discounts.

The new season is proudly supported by Fine Music Radio 101.3, a Cape Town based community radio station, focusing on classical and jazz music.

2012 Calendar

2012 OPERA BALLET

JUN

LA BOHEME
Puccini
10 JUN 2012
JUL THE MAGIC FLUTE
Mozart
8 JUL 2012
GISELLE
The Royal Ballet
15 JUL 2012
AUG DON GIOVANNI
Mozart
12 AUG 2012
THE FLAMES OF PARIS
The Bolshoi Ballet
19 AUG 2012
SEP AIDA
Verdi
16 SEP 2012
OCT ROMEO & JULIET
The Royal Ballet
13 & 14 OCT 2012
NOV CARMEN
Teatro alla Scala
17 & 18 NOV 2012
DEC THE NUTCRACKER
The Royal Ballet
9 & 16 DEC 2012

2013 Calendar

2013 OPERA BALLET

JAN

CARMEN
The Royal Opera House
13 JAN 2013
DON QUIXOTE
The Bolshoi Ballet
20 JAN 2013
FEB FAUST
Gounod
17 FEB 2013
LA BAYADERE
The Bolshoi Ballet
24 FEB 2013
MAR   THE SLEEPING BEAUTY
The Royal Ballet
17 MAR 2013
  NOTRE-DAME DE PARIS
La Scala Ballet
24 MAR 2013
APR RIGOLETTO
Verdi
20 & 21 APR 2013

 Download the full 2012/2013 schedule here

The World Opera and Ballet Season 2013/2014

The World Opera and Ballet Season 2013/2014
FROM OCT 2013
SUNDAYS 11AM | R100
  • Dates

    13 Oct 2013 - 15 Jun 2014
  • Time

    SUNDAYS 11AM
  • Price

    R100

The Fugard Theatre Bioscope is very proud to announce the highly anticipated 2013 / 2014 World Opera and Ballet Season. Yet again the Fugard Theatre Bioscope will partner with The Royal Opera, The Royal Ballet and the Bolshoi Ballet Companies to bring audiences the very finest in opera and ballet, from the World’s most famous stages, in full digital high-definition and surround-sound on an enormous cinema screen all in the comfort of the Fugard Theatre.
 
The 2013/2014 Fugard Theatre Bioscope World Opera and Ballet Season will include recorded presentations and recorded as live presentations of the most famous operas and ballets.

There will be Sunday morning screenings, which commence on Sunday 13 October 2013 at 11am with a brilliant Royal Opera House production of Turandot.

 

2013/2014 Calendar

MONTHOPERABALLET

OCT 2013

TURANDOT
The Royal Opera
13 October 2013
 
 NOV 2013   SPARTACUS
The Bolshoi Ballet
24 November 2013
DEC 2013 LES VÊPRES SICILIENNES
The Royal Opera
08 December 2013
LE CORSAIRE
The Bolshoi Ballet
15 December 2013
    THE SLEEPING BEAUTY
The Bolshoi Ballet
29 December 2013
JAN 2014   THE NUTCRACKER
The Royal Ballet
12 January 2014
MAR 2014   DON QUIXOTE
The Royal Ballet
23 March 2014
APR 2014   JEWELS
The Bolshoi Ballet
20 April 2014
MAY 2014   LOST ILLUSIONS
The Bolshoi Ballet
18 May 2014
JUN 2014   MARCO SPADA
The Bolshoi Ballet
15 June 2014

Download the full 2013/2014 schedule here

The Yes Men Are Revolting

The Yes Men Are Revolting
9 OCT 2015
6PM | R60
  • Dates

    09 Oct 2015 - 09 Oct 2015
  • Time

    6PM
  • Price

    R60
  • Duration

    1 hour 30 minutes

Screened as part of the Tri Continental Film Festival 2015.

For the last 20 years, notorious activists the Yes Men have staged outrageous and hilarious hoaxes to draw international attention to corporate crimes against humanity and the environment. Armed with nothing but thrift-store suits and a lack of shame, these iconoclastic revolutionaries lie their way into business events and government functions to expose the dangers of letting greed run our world. In their third cinematic outing (after The Yes Men and The Yes Men Fix the World), they are now well into their 40s, and their mid-life crises are threatening to drive them out of activism forever - even as they prepare to take on the biggest challenge they`ve ever faced: climate change.

More than the first two films, The Yes Men Are Revolting is as much a character study as it is an entertaining depiction of their latest interventions. Revealing the real people behind the ruses, at its heart lies a hopeful message about fighting for change.

Tosca

Tosca
26 Nov 2011 - 27 Nov 2011
The Fugard Theatre
  • Dates

    26 Nov 2011 - 27 Nov 2011
  • Duration

    2 hours 5 minutes (excluding one 30 minute interval)

Powerful music, a gripping story and a tragic end: Puccini’s ever-popular TOSCA performed at the Royal Opera House with a fabulous cast. Among the star singers in this revival are Angela Gheorghiu, Jonas Kaufmann and Bryn Terfel. The Royal Opera Chorus and The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House are under the baton of Antonio Pappano, Music Director of the Royal Opera for a score that includes such great set pieces as the Act I ‘Te Deum’ and the arias ‘Vissi d’arte’ and ‘E lucevan le stelle’.

Tri Continental Film Festival 2015

Tri Continental Film Festival 2015
8 – 10 OCT 2015
R60
The Fugard Studio Theatre
  • Dates

    08 Oct 2015 - 10 Oct 2015
  • Price

    R60

Every year since its inception in 2002, the TriContinental Human Rights Film Festival has screened powerful films from South Africa and across the globe, exploring some of the most urgent local and global issues of our time.

With a passion to support the fight for human rights and democracy through media, the TCFF offers stories from the bleeding edge of current social and political waves – stories that are not only relevant to our time, but skillfully told through beautiful cinema.
TCFF is the only festival primarily dedicated to issues of Social, Political and Human Rights on the African continent.

We continue to work with Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, Lawyers For Human Rights, the Legal Resources Centre, Greenpeace, Wits University and other organizations and institutions whose work finds itself at the heart of some urgent social and political causes.

We bring films that speak to these causes and they bring discussion that speaks to effects; through these partnerships, we provide audiences a unique platform for meaningful engagement, not just with fine cinema from around the world, but with the real events, worlds, characters and issues that make our world.

For more information on the festival and films being screened please visit http://www.tcff.org.za/


Films screened at the Fugard Studio

Citizen Four
Thursday 08 October 6:00 PM
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The Yes Men are Revolting
Friday 09 October 6:00 PM
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Red Lines
Friday 09 October 8:30 PM
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Dreamcatcher
Saturday 10 October 6:00 PM
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Incorruptible
Saturday 10 October 8:30 PM
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Inreach and Outreach

Our broader vision is to contribute to building a mass local audience for cinema that matters and to remain a credible platform for local and international stories from regions that are frequently marginalized in mainstream media and cinema spaces.

To this end, through national partnerships with universities and community organizations we bring communities to screenings as part of our in-reach strategy and screenings to communities as part of the outreach leg of the festival.

Festival History

TCFF originated in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 2002 started by the Movement de Documentalistas. In 2003 the festival was brought to South Africa for the first time by a group of partnership organizations including: Uhuru Productions, Lawyers for Human Rights and SACOD (Forming THE HUMAN RIGHTS MEDIA TRUST)

In April 2004, in Prague, TCFF took part in the launch of the Human Rights Film Network (HRFN), a federation of film festivals that screen socio-political films, including Amnesty International, Human Rights Nights (Italy) and One World (Czech Republic).

To date, TCFF remains the only Africa-based film festival affiliated to this network. A large number of films screened during the festival came to us through the network and through calls for entry made on the festival website

Turandot

Turandot
13 OCT 2013
11AM | R100
The Fugard Bioscope
  • Dates

    13 Oct 2013 - 13 Oct 2013
  • Time

    11AM
  • Price

    R100
  • Duration

    1 hour 50 minutes
  • Language

    Italian with English subtitles
  • Cast

    • Lise LindstromTurandot
    • Marco BertiCalaf
    • Alasdair ElliottAltoum
    • Raymond AcetoTimur
    • Eri NakamuraLiu
    • Dionysios SourbisPing
    • David Butt PhilipPang
    • Douglas JonesPong
  • Creative

    • Andrei SerbanDirector
    • Sally JacobsDesigns
    • F. Mitchell DanaLighting Design
    • ChoreographyKate Flatt

Part of The World Opera & Ballet Season 2013/2014

The Fugard Bioscope's World Opera and Ballet Season gets off to a dramatic start with Puccini’s musically sublime final opera Turandot – a tale of disguised identities, riddles, ritual executions and powerful, triumphant love. Andrei Serban’s production of this dark Oriental fairytale is spectacular, with Sally Jacobs’s magnificent sets and elaborate masks, and costumes inspired by traditional Chinese theatre. One of the greatest Turandot singers today, Lise Lindstrom, makes her Royal Opera debut, with Marco Berti, a wonderful Puccinian singer, in the role of Prince Calaf.

See the rest of The World Opera & Ballet Season 2013/2014 here.

Venus and Adonis

Venus and Adonis
5 – 19 OCT 2014
6 PM | R130
  • Dates

    05 Oct 2014 - 19 Oct 2014
  • Time

    6 PM
  • Price

    R130
  • Duration

    1 hour 30 minutes

The Cape Consort returns to the Fugard with Part 4 of its Monteverdi Project.

Following the success of the first three parts of the Cape Consort’s highly popular Monteverdi Project, the Consort returns to the Fugard Studio in October with Part 4 and presents the earliest surviving English opera, John Blow’s Venus and Adonis. Repeat performances take place on three consecutive Sunday evenings, 5, 12 and 19 October at 6pm in the exquisite Sigrid Rausing Studio of the Fugard Theatre. A pre-concert talk will take place before each Sunday performance at 5:15pm.

Venus and Adonis, the only dramatic work by John Blow (1648/9 – 1708), was composed for the court of Charles II around 1683. The part of Venus was sung by Mary (Moll) Davies, the king’s former mistress, while their illegitimate daughter, Lady Mary Tudor, sang the part of Cupid. This work served as the model for Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas.

Venus and Adonis, based on the classical myth, tells the story of Venus’ affair with Adonis, and his death due to a mortal wound inflicted by an enormous boar. In an idealised pastoral setting these vivid characters deal with desire, manipulation, pride and loss.

This performance of Venus and Adonis will include six voices, a 7-piece ensemble of period instruments, a narrator and text projections, and promises to be yet another of the stylish and exciting interpretations for which the Cape Consort has become known.
Do not miss the opportunity to hear this rarely performed gem!

Patrons are invited to meet the musicians on the theatre’s roof-top deck after the show, where drinks will be for sale.

Tickets may be booked through Computicket, 0861 915 8000 or via the Fugard Theatre’s box office on 021 461 4554. Friends of the Fugard receive discounts when booking through the theatre’s box office.

Secure parking is available across the road in the Harrington Square parking lot and the Fugard bar will be open before and after each performance.

The Cape Consort is a Cape Town based ensemble dedicated to stylish and historically informed performances of Early Music. Part of a wider initiative to introduce Historically Informed Performance Practice (HIPP) to South African concert stages, the Consort collaborates with international practitioners and musicologists, and also strives to connect local musicians to the debate and research in the field of HIPP. The ensemble aims to establish a regular presence on the South African concert circuit, exploring and presenting early vocal repertoire (which rarely features in local concerts) in vivid performances of works by composers such as Monteverdi, Strozzi, D'India, Caresana, Biber, Schütz, Buxtehude, Purcell, the Bach family, and many other less familiar names. In line with current trends in early music circles, the Consort translates and re-contextualises ancient musical expressions into vibrant and credibly contemporary articulations.

Conceived as a flexible group, the consort adapts its forces to the requirements of the repertoire. The regular singers are Lente Louw and Antoinette Blyth (sopranos), Nick de Jager, Lance Phillip, and Willem Bester (tenors), and Charles Ainslie (bass-baritone). Erik Dippenaar (harpsichord/organ) and Hans Huyssen (Baroque cello) form the core basso continuo group. Period instruments such as viols, violins, viols, lute, theorbo, and percussion join forces as the repertoire requires.

In 2011, the Cape Consort performed Monteverdi's six-part Vespers in a series of concerts, as well as an all Purcell programme in collaboration with the Cape Town Consort of Viols. Concerts with visiting artists, such as the renowned Dutch Baroque violinist Antoinette Lohmann and the soprano Mandie de Villiers-Schutte were also presented. The Cape Consort has appeared at the Klein Karoo Klassique in Oudtshoorn, the Odeion Musik Fest in Bloemfontein, GIPCA’s Infecting the City Festival in Cape Town, Oude Libertas in Stellenbosch, the Cape Town Concert Series at the Baxter Theatre and Cultivaria in Paarl. Its performance at the Stellenbosch Woordfees in 2012 was awarded with the Woordtrofee for ‘best classical music production’, a KykNet Fiësta nomination and a return invitation to the Endler concert series in 2013.

In February 2012, the group launched the first part of its Monteverdi Project at the Fugard Theatre in Cape Town. The gripping renditions of Monteverdi madrigals (supported by synchronised and animated projections of text translations) which ran for a series of sold-out performance and resulted in an invitation to establish a regular presence at the Fugard, is documented on the ensemble's first CD: Claudio Monteverdi Selected Madgrigals (www.mucavi.com/Madrigals.html). The Monteverdi Project is ongoing and 2014 will see Part 4 – John Blow’s Venus and Adonis.  

Upcoming appearances include a second collaboration with Camerata Tinta Barocca in a performance of the original Dublin version of Handel’s Messiah (10 December 2014, St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church)

www.mucavi.com/CapeConsort

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