Bolshoi Ballet Season Launches At Cinema Nouveau With The Fun And Frivolous Production Of “The Bright Stream”

the-bright-stream-sy-posterA new season of seven wonderful ballets from Russia’s Bolshoi Ballet company will be screened at Cinema Nouveau theatres over the next six months. The first ballet to be enjoyed on the big screen is The Bright Stream, which releases on Saturday, 22 October for limited screenings.

The other productions in this season include: The Golden Age (from 12 November), The Nutcracker (17 December), Swan Lake (18 February 2017), The Sleeping Beauty (10 March), A Contemporary Evening (21 April) and finally, A Hero of our Time (12 May). The ballets are brought to the big screen by Fathom Events, BY Experience and Pathé Live.

The brilliant and hilarious production, The Bright Stream, is captured from the Bolshoi Ballet in Moscow, for broadcast to cinemas globally, including South Africa. During the harvest festival at a collective farm, a visiting dance troupe reunites a ballerina with her childhood friend Zina. In order to teach her unfaithful husband a lesson, Zina, the ballerina and the ballerina’s husband decide to swap roles for the evening…

Choreographer Alexei Ratmansky invokes the genius of Dmitri Shostakovich’s score at the Bolshoi, creating a laugh-out-loud masterpiece that features slapstick comedy, hilarious deceptions, false identities – including Principal Dancer Ruslan Skvortsov dressed as a Sylph – and its many colourful characters! The Bolshoi bursts with vivid life and bright spirits in Ratmansky’s brilliantly choreographed smash.

During the harvest festival at a collective farm, a visiting dance troupe reunites a ballerina with her childhood friend Zina. In order to teach her unfaithful husband a lesson, Zina, the ballerina and the ballerina’s husband decide to swap roles for the evening…

The cast includes Svetlana Lunkina (Zina), Mikhail Lobukhin (Pyotr), Maria Alexandrova (the Ballerina), Ruslan Skvortsov (the Ballet Dancer), Denis Savin (the Accordionist) and Alexei Loparevich (the Old Dacha Dweller).

View a trailer of The Bolshoi Ballet’s 2016-17 season here:

The Bright Stream releases on South African screens on Saturday, 22 October for four screenings only – on 22, 26 and 27 October at 19:30 and on 23 October at 14:30 – only at Cinema Nouveau theatres in Johannesburg, Pretoria, Durban and Cape Town. Bookings are now open. The running time of this ballet production is 2hrs 30mins, including one interval.

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Sophiatown Chic: The ACT Awards To Revisit SA’s Golden Era

act_awards_2016The Arts & Culture Trust (ACT) will revisit the epicentre of 1940s and 50s South African jazz and blues culture at their 19th annual ACT Awards. The Sophiatown-themed affair will honour cultural icons and newcomers while delighting invited guests with stellar entertainment.

The ACT Awards, which will be held on 21 October at Sun International’s The Maslow Hotel in Sandton will bestow Lifetime Achievement Awards on six of the country’s arts and culture stalwarts, while also naming five rising stars 2016’s ImpACT Award winners.

“We believe ‘remembering Sophiatown’ is a fitting backdrop to our celebration given the current winds of change blowing through our streets and moving our communities,” says Anastasia Pather, the Awards project manager.

The evening will blend the past and the present with a strong female force. Live performances by the grande dame of jazz, Sibongile Khumalo will be juxtaposed with the sharp wit of the night’s hosts, all female satirical group, Thenx.

While Khumalo’s unmistakable voice will help transports guests back to Msanzi’s golden era of creative consciousness, wry humour courtesy of Thenx will offer clever commentary on the current state of the country.

“Hosting the Awards is an honour and we are very excited,” say the ladies from Thenx. “We think the line-up is very fitting of the theme, and it’s going to be interesting to experience the mix between us as young artists and the legendary mama Sibongile Khumalo.”

This year, the ImpACT Awards will honour young creatives in five categories; Visual Art, Music, Theatre, Dance and Design. All 15 finalists have achieved remarkable things in the first five years of their careers, and were brought forward by a public nomination platform. The judges, Beneficiary Relations Manager for the National Lotteries Commission, Sershan Naidoo; ACT chairperson, Melissa Goba; Dance Umbrella Director, Georgina Thomson; actress, playwright and voice coach, Motshabi Tyelele; and award-winning pianist and educator, Andre Petersen, certainly have an arduous task ahead of them.

ACT’s sojourn back to Sophiatown will also recognise six Lifetime Achievement Award winners, all cultural crusaders in their own right. There will be nods made in the following categories; Visual Art, Theatre, Dance, Music, Literature and Arts Advocacy. “We look forward to celebrating the winners’ lifelong contributions to our heritage,” says Pather. “Each of them have physically affected South Africa’s future and can certainly be heralded as icons of our time.”

To date, the Arts & Culture Trust has recognised over 150 individuals and organisations for their significant contribution to art, culture and heritage in South Africa through their Awards. And this year, ACT looks forward to adding more names to this impressive list.

The 19th annual ACT Awards is hosted by Sun International in association with the National Lotteries Commission (NLC) and is supported by the Southern African Music Rights Organisation (SAMRO), the Dramatic, Artistic and Literary Rights Organisation (DALRO), Media24 Books, the Nedbank Arts Affinity, JTI, Creative Feel Magazine, Business and Arts South Africa (BASA) and the Distell Foundation.

For more information about the Arts & Culture Trust (ACT) please visit and use the hashtag #ACTAwards on all social media channels.


South African Film “Shepherds And Butchers” The Big Winner At Woodstock Film Festival

The award-winning, SHEPHERDS AND BUTCHERS won the coveted The Maverick Award for Best Feature Narrative and the Hasklell Wexler Award for Best Cinematography at the Woodstock Film Festival this past weekend. Acknowledged as one of the leading independent film festivals in the United States, it was founded sixteen years ago in the New York State town of Woodstock which has established itself as a creative arts centre since the legendary Woodstock Festival in 1969. Some of the creative community who have lived in Woodstock include Ethan Hawke, Lee Marvin, Uma Thurman, Chevy Chase, David Bowie, Van Morrison and singer/songwriter, Bob Dylan who was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature last week.

SHEPHERDS AND BUTCHERS was the most talked about film at the festival, where in post screening discussions, festival goers expressed how much they liked the film and commended the merits of the film. It also evoked conversation and debate around the issue of capital punishment.

Helmed by award-winning director, Oliver Schmitz, SHEPHERDS AND BUTCHERS is produced by Anant Singh and Brian Cox who also wrote the screenplay. The film stars talented rising star, Garion Dowds alongside Academy Award® nominee, Steve Coogan (‘Philomena’) and Andrea Riseborough (‘Birdman’, ‘Oblivion’) with a host of well-known local actors Deon Lotz, Robert Hobbs, Eduan van Jaarsveldt, Marcel van Heerden and Sylvia Mdunyelwa.

“The Woodstock Film Festival is one of the most respected independent film festivals in North America. We are delighted that SHEPHERDS AND BUTCHERS received the festival’s top feature film prize as well as the Best Cinematography Award,” said Anant Singh. “These awards recognize the talents that have come together to craft the film under the expert direction of Oliver Schmitz. It is also a significant achievement as it’s the first time that a South African film has garnered these awards.”

SHEPHERDS AND BUTCHERS will be released at South African cinemas on Friday, October 28th by Times Media Films for Videovision Entertainment.

SHEPHERDS AND BUTCHERS is an Anant Singh presentation of a Videovision Entertainment/Distant Horizon production in association with Times Media Films, WDR/ARTE and The Department of Trade and Industry South Africa. The film stars Steve Coogan, Andrea Riseborough and Garion Dowds. Music is composed by Paul Hepker, is edited by Megan Gill with Diana Cilliers as Costume Designer and Director of Photography Leah Striker. It is executive produced by Robert Naidoo, Sudhir Pragjee, Sanjeev Singh, Andrew Bonamour and Andrew Gill; co-producers Barbara Buhl, Andreas Schreitmueller and Jan Krüger. Produced by Anant Singh and Brian Cox, the film is based on the book ‘Shepherds and Butchers’ by Chris Marnewick with the screenplay by Brian Cox and is directed by Oliver Schmitz.



TAAC’s Bursary Winners Thrive In 2016

At the edge of the light - Rehane Abrahams and Mbulelo Jonas - jkk_photograpy
At the edge of the light – Rehane Abrahams and Mbulelo Jonas – jkk_photograpy

It has been an exceptionally successful year for the four recipients of the Theatre Arts Admin Collective’s (TAAC) Emerging Theatre Directors Bursary. Four original and diverse productions will have been created and staged by the end of the year.

In June, Mahlatsi Mokgonyana and Jason Jacobs staged their bursary productions to great acclaim. Mokgonyana chose to direct Athol Fugard’s My Children My Africa which was staged intimately at the TAAC, reflecting with frightening accuracy of what’s been happening on South African university campuses in recent months, despite the play being 27 years old.

“The bursary presented me with many opportunities I have never anticipated,” says Mokgonyana. “During my time at the TAAC I managed to work, network and present my work to everyone from theatre giants to upcoming theatre makers from different backgrounds and that experience is something that I will never exchange for anything.”

Subsequent to this support, Mokgonyana has been involved in various projects including directing Dr John Kani’s Nothing But the Truth for The Playhouse in Durban and Tswalo/Source: A narrative poem performed at the Alexander Bar in Cape Town. Currently, he is directing Complexion which will be performed at Popart Theatre in October, as well as Naledi Best Newcomer winner Menzi Mkhwane’s Finding Melo at the Joburg Theatre in November. Mokgonyana also created an adaption of Sophocles’ Antigone entitled Just Antigone, which is continuing to travel to schools around the country as part of the Assitej mentorship programme. Mokgonyana is just 22 years old.

Jason Jacobs brought a unique aesthetic to his bursary project In Wag (Van), the story of a woman whose son goes missing exploring the complex tussle between devotion to faith and the fear of death. Since his bursary he scooped a Cape Town Fringe Bronze Fringe Fresh Award for his remarkable Stof Rooi, which he co-created with performer Dustin Beck. Currently his new work But, the Land presented by The Papercut Collective is performing at Artscape under the New Voices programme.

Jacobs believes these bursaries help to shape the industry. “I truly hope the bursary remains and continues to carry on its legacy of building emerging theatre directors, supported by a collective of people supporting young talent,” he says.

The final two bursary winners for 2016, Wynne Bredenkamp and Ameera Conrad, are on the floor in the creation of their two new plays – Bredenkamp’s At the Edge of the Light and Conrad’s Reparation, which will be presented in mid November and early December at the Theatre Arts Admin Collective. As part of the developmental process, readings of the two plays were held on the 24 September with engaging conversation, questions and thoughts for both writers.

At present, Bredenkamp is busy with rehearsals of At The Edge of The Light. With a stellar inter-generational cast made up of theatre and film actresses, Sarah Potter and Margot Wood, and headline dancers, Rehane Abrahams and Mbulelo Jonas, the play follows a girl hoping to find solace in the grandmother she remembers of her childhood. Instead, gran has shut herself away, scared of the noises in the dark, suspicious of the knocks at the door and terrified of the things that lie just at the edge of the light…

Through this tale, Bredenkamp, the creator of multi-award winning Salt, brings alive a delicate and familial story of loss, perception and the consequences of inherited behaviours.

Ameera Conrad’s Reparation comes close on the heels of the production she is currently in and has co-directed at the Baxter Theatre – The Fall – and this new work is in many ways its sequel and its nemesis. Reparation interrogates two key questions prevalent to the contemporary South African #feesmustfall context -“what debt is owed?” and “how is this debt repaid?” Reparation also looks at the role that young people and social media hold in social justice movements, and how popular culture can be used as a post-modern propaganda tool. Fast-paced, cutting and decisive, this play does not allow anyone to get away with anything.

Personified, Reparation is a clean-lined, iPhone edge. The new-aged theatre goer who only watches local content. It listens to Cassper Nyovest. It’s impolite. It’s loud. It’s got a potty mouth. It graduated from UCT in 2015. Stun grenades were thrown at it outside Parliament. It will give you your tip when it gets its land. It’s got one bullet. It hunts Sparrows while tweeting. It drinks Lemonade and ice tea. It speaks in memes. It’s lit AF.

At The Edge of The Light runs from the 7th – 13th November at 8pm.
Reparation runs from the 27th November – 3rd December at 8pm.
Both performances are R50.
Bookings can be made on 021 447 3683 or


Round Up Your Friends, Watch Three Movies, And WIn With Ster-Kinekor, SK Club And Oh Ship 2016

ohship-mailerThe biggest offshore party is getting ready to set sail… and this year, 5FM’s OH SHIP 2016 has partnered with Ster-Kinekor to make sure you and your friends are there to experience ‘great moments at their greatest’, both in the cinema and on the ship!

You and your besties can win one of three cabins on the amazing, fun-filled OH SHIP 2016 cruise from Durban to the Portuguese Islands and back from 2 – 5 December, just by watching three great movies at any Ster-Kinekor cinema between 14 October and 15 November, and swiping you SK CLUB loyalty card. It really is as easy as 1, 2, 3…

With a great line-up of top Hollywood blockbusters releasing over the next month, you will be spoilt for choice. All you have to do is get down to your nearest Ster-Kinekor cinema and watch three of these hot titles: Queen of Katwe; Don’t Breathe (from 14 October); Jack Reacher: Never Go Back; Tyler Perry’s Boo! A Madea Halloween (both releasing on 21 October); Keeping Up with the Joneses (releasing on 28 October); or When the Bough Breaks (releasing on 04 November).

Make sure you are in the running to win one of three cabins up for offer, by swiping your SK CLUB card each time you watch one of these movies. If you are not yet a member of the SK CLUB loyalty programme, just sign up next time you are at your favourite Ster-Kinekor cinema. Then, start swiping to win…

Once you’re on the ship, Ster-Kinekor will also unlock the magic to more great moments with a mind-blowing on-board cinema experience! In true Hollywood style, OH SHIP 2016 will leave you nothing short of feeling like a movie star, so don’t miss the chance to make this your greatest moment yet!

What else is there to say? Cruise ship: check. Hottest DJ line-up: check. Laugh-till-you-can’t-breathe comedy: check. Cabin… wait, you still haven’t booked your cabin yet? Well, that’s sorted – get down to Ster-Kinekor, watch three of the six featured movies, enter the competition and… check!

OH SHIP 2016 is a name that speaks for itself: it is the greatest fun of your life with the biggest acts in the game, giving you a showdown you’ll never forget for 72 hours!


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