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Träumen, was sonst?

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 „Träumen, was sonst...?“ 

Eine Lesung mit Improvisationen auf der Gitarre

Ein Kaleidoskop aus Träumen, Texten und Musik  -   Rilke, Bachmann, Kaleko, Goethe und andere Dichter balancieren mit uns auf dem magischen Hochseil zwischen Realität und Traum.   Dazu Gitarrenklänge im Gespräch mit Poesie: Verführung pur! 

A Kaleidoscope of stories, poems and guitar music–  Rilke, Bachmann, Kaleko, Goethe and other poets and writers travel with us through the mystical realm between reality and dreams.

Was ist Traum – was ist Realität? Was machen wir mit Träumen – was machen Träume mit uns?

What is dream - what is reality? What do we seek in dreaming – what do we bring back with us?

Dagmar Dekker (Kapstadt) und Eva Behrmann (München) gingen auf Spurensuche in der deutschsprachigen Literatur und fanden wunderbare Beispiele für die Kraft und Magie von Träumen, die dazu anregen können, eine Verbindung zwischen Traum, inneren Bildern und Realität zu suchen.                                Traum und Realität verschmelzen...

Dagmar Dekker (Cape Town) and Eva Behrmann (Munich) went on a journey through the German literary canon to find examples showcasing the power and magic of dreams as told throughout time. These stories and poems connect our innermost thoughts and images, our dreams, and our reality. 

Die Schauspielerin Eva Behrmann liest die Texte im musikalischen Dialog mit dem südafrikanischen Gitarristen Hugo Veldsman, dessen einfühlsame Improvisationen eine traumhafte Brücke zwischen Wort und Musik entstehen lassen.

This exploration of dreams and dreaming forms adialogue between spoken word and music; with South African guitarist Hugo Veldsman responding to, and interpreting, the reading by actress Eva Behrmann.

Come dream with us!                                                                                                               

Die Lesung findet in deutscher Sprache statt. Englische Zusammenfassungen einiger Texte werden  bei den Vorstellungen erhältlich sein.

The reading is in German but English summaries of some of the texts will be available at the venues.

 

Mit freundlicher Unterstützung des Deutschen Generalkonsulats Kapstadt.

Supported by the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany, Cape Town


Eva Behrmann                         

Die SchauspielerinEva Behrmannist in Konstanz am Bodensee geboren, lebt aber schon seit vielen Jahren in ihrer Wahlheimat München.

Sie war Mitbegründerin des Münchner Privattheaters „Theater in der Kreide“ , wo sie in vielen Erfolgsproduktionen zu sehen war. Dazu gehörten die „Dreigroschenoper“, in der sie die Rolle der Frau Peachum spielte, aber  auch  Klassiker wie „Maria Stuart “  mit ihr als Königin Elisabeth.

Seit 1986 war Eva Behrmann mit einem umfangreichen Repertoire auf den Bühnen verschiedener Stadt- und Staatstheater Deutschlands von Konstanz bis Kiel zu Hause. 

Eva Behrmann machte auch kleine Tourneen mit Solo /Duo –Programmen, u.a. mit einer literarischen „Kurt Schwitters – Textcarambolage“ und einer „Hit-Show der 60er Jahre“ , ebenso Chansonabende.

Bereits Ende der neunziger Jahre war Eva Behrmann zu einem längeren Aufenthalt im Kapgebiet,  wo sie erfolgreich für das Kleine Theater am Kap das Stück  „Frohe Feste“ von Alan Ayckbourn inszeniert hat. 

Durch die gemeinsame Arbeit mit Dagmar Dekker an der Lesung „Träumen, was sonst...?“ kehrt Eva Behrmann nun zum ersten Mal wieder nach Südafrika zurück. 

 

Eva Behrmann is an actress from Munich, Germany where she was co-founder of the private theatre “Theater in der Kreide”.  Since 1986 she has been performing a wide repertoire of classical as well as modern roles in German theatres from Konstanz  in the south to Kiel in the north of Germany.

She also went on tour with solo/duo shows like a Kurt Schwitters programme  and a “Hit Show of the Sixties” as well as performing chansons.

Eva Behrmann came to know and love Cape Town when she directed the Alan Ayckbourn play “Frohe Feste” ( Absurd Person Singular ) for the German Speaking Theatre Company “Kleines Theater am Kap” during the late nineties. 

 “Träumen , was sonst..?”   marks her return  to the Cape .


Hugo Veldsman

 

Hugo Veldsman ist ein vielseitiger Gitarrist und Komponist aus Kapstadt, mit einem breiten Spektrum von Stilrichtungen – von Blues, Jazz und klassischem Rock bis zu klassischer Gitarrenmusik.

 

Gegenwärtig studiert er Klassische Gitarre am Konservatorium Stellenbosch unter Prof. Nina Fourie-Gouws. 

 

Beim Stellenbosch Guitar Festival 2015 spielte er seine eigenen Kompositionen für Solo Gitarre. Zwei seiner Werke für Kammerorchester wurden 2016 in die Kompos Konzertserie in der Endler Hall aufgenommen.

 

Hugo tritt regelmäßig in der Kapstädter Musikszene auf -  sowohl als Solomusiker 

als auch gemeinsam mit anderen Künstlern.

 

Hugo developed his talents on the guitar during his late teen years. After realizing his interests in music, Hugo's parents sent him for guitar lessons, where he developed a love for contemporary music. His greatest interests were prominent within Blues,Jazz and Classic Rock. 

Paralleled with Hugo's career as a contemporary musician, he diversified himself as a classical guitarist. After recognizing his potential, Hugo was accepted at Stellenbosch Conservatory where he is trained as a Classical Guitarist under the mentorship of Prof. Nina Fourie-Gouws. 

Hugo also composes exclusively for Solo Guitar, other instruments and ensembles.
In 2015 Hugo performed his solo compositions at the Stellenbosch Guitar Festival in the Endler Hall.Two of the chamber works he composed were accepted in the 2016 Kompos Concert series at the Endler Hall. 

Hugo performs in the Cape Town Music Scene solo or alongside various local artists. He continues to contribute his compositions and write music.

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Chantal

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Chantal creates musical moments in which worlds unfold and characters evolve, telling stories about being human.  Chantal’s pianistic style could be likened to Tori Amos; her lyricism evokes Suzanne Vega; and her voice similar to that of Amy Lee from Evanescence. The flavour, however, is all Chantal…a solo act, a woman, singer, writer and pianist, walking her own path; musically colouring outside the lines and crafting her own soundscape.

In her rich storytelling, Chantal writes about your neighbourhood and everyday experiences. What is the story behind that woman’s scars? What is the point of anger? What does life feel like after a fire? The infinite and the mysterious; strength of spirit, dreams, ghosts, death.  The nature of the world: freedom, war, hope, healing this world; and the intimate: relationships, betrayal, and love. It is all personal; it is all political.

The show is directed by Godfrey Johnson- one of South Africa’s leading performing artists, with a singular reputation as a Cabaret Artist, Composer, Writer and Director with multiple Fleur du Cap nominations and awards.

Chantal is her own musician, and the piano is an adventure.   “A chord unplayed can hold an audience longer than a crashing rock power-chord.” Faced with the infinite number of choices offered by 88 keys, Chantal puts the piano to work in a different way for each song, with tailored chords, unique and compelling arrangements, daring manoeuvres and gentle pulses.  Chantal creates her own melodies and counter-melodies, blending piano, voice, and rhythm to create colourful imagery generating a sense of vulnerability with an edge.

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The Crime Scene

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Breaking the silence and creating dialogue through storytelling. This piece is about a psychological cycle of absent fathers which results in hatred and a furious society, producing violent-angry young minds. Mothers Face the consequences in isolation. One man relives the the tale, a life of a dismantled family. "This boy poses a very dangerous treat to society at large. And we as this community must make a practical example with him, its either we burn this thing or we stone him to death!"


 Zuko Wonderfull Sikhafungana Actor/ playwright/photographer/filmmaker (artists). Holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of the Western Cape. Founder and artistic director of Back Stage Theatre Production (BSTP) a community theatre company that was established on the 3rd of October 2014 by himself, Siphumzile Pharela, Sibusiso Maranxa, Khulekani Ndlovu. Which was then later registered as a non-profit organisation (NPO) on the 17th of September 2015. Currently located in the Western Cape on the outskirts of Cape Town in a small township known as Lwandle in Strand.

Zimkitha Ngaleka is a Dance Performer, Choreographer, Actress, Poet, When she completed her Standard 10 she went to City Varsity and completed 2 years in Professional Acting for Camera. In 2017 she went to JazzArt Dance Company in Artscape and Completed a 7 months dance programme and got her Certificate as a Professional Contemporary Dancer. As an actress she has worked with community theatre groups such as Kuyakhanya Productions and volunteered at Silukamva School Of Excellence as a Dance Teacher and Choreographer too. In her modelling journey she worked for 3D Management, Apollo Modelling Agency. In 2015 She represented South Africa in a beauty pageant called Miss Natural African Queen that took place in Cape Town. She also appeared on our TV screens for few local adverts such as KFC ads, Redisa Products etc. She worked with One of the very talented Dancer in Cape Town Stoan Galela whom helped her to audition for a German Music video in 2015 and she was slected as a Contemporary dancer in the music video. She also shot short films with CPUT film Students in 2016 and 2017. She has won a best Choreographer award from Lwandle Museum in 2017. received and award as the Best Supporting dancer in Artscape Theatre in 2012 In 2016 she came 1st princess from Miss Natural African Queen.

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Die Konings

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Bo en behalwe die feit dat “Die Konings” die nuutste en hotste ding in die Afrikaanse musiek-industrie is, is hulle boonop besonders talentvol daarby (of so glo hulle). Met treffers soos “onder by die whiskey bar”, “die Kersfees tossel” en “spuit?” het hulle besluit om die land plat te toer met hulle eerste full blown show “Die Konings”. Bel maar solank vir Ouma en vra of sy die kinders sal babysit, want een ding is seker; liedjies soos “jou lekker tjops maak my honger pops” móét jy eenvoudig live sien.

Op ʼn minder ernstige noot: “Die Konings” is ʼn werkswinkel kabaret wat trek uit die tradisies van drag kings en improvisasie-komedie. Anoecha Krüger, Marelize Viljoen en Elisha Zeeman gebruik hulle manlike alter-ego’s om ʼn skreeusnaakse satire te skep uit seks, geloof, politiek, en alles tussen in. Omdat die gehoor se bydra so belangrik is beloof elke optrede om ʼn unieke ervaring te wees.

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Sasolburg Common "Birds" of South Africa

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Cobalize and Jacomine have dreams that are bigger than what their home town can offer. Life is nowhere near as glamorous as English movies have led them to believe, and every guy they know has a name that is also a surname. But they're not going to let a lack of talent, skill or common sense stop them from achieving their goals. The van der Vlok sisters dare to share their ethically questionable shenanigans and opinions with everyone, whether you like it or not. With an unwavering confidence, these very common birds provide a how-not-to guide for anyone wanting to succeed at life.

"...mad, unexpected, original, edgy and totally, utterly hilarious. This could become a cult thing. It could go viral. Best you get to see it now!" - WEEKEND SPECIAL (Megan Furniss) "There’s a lot going on beneath the everyday situational comedy, one-liners, mixed metaphors and malapropisms. There’s the appropriation of a repressive system – in this case in the form of sexism – by those who are the system’s targets; our ‘birds’ Jacomine (Daneel) and Cobalize (Candice) for a start. The script touches on dysfunctional schooling systems, alcoholism, bullying, hedonism and, most encompassingly, the desperation that comes from living in an environment of constrained possibilities and limited freedoms. Sasolburg Common ‘Birds’ of South Africa debuted at the Alexander Upstairs theatre. The run is over but it’s sure to elicit belly laughs again soon." - THE CRITTER (Steve Kretzmann) Photo Credits: Canned Rice Productions Creative Team: Directed by Richard Wright-Firth Written by Candice van Litsenborgh Performed by Daneel van der Walt and Candice van Litsenborgh Presented by Canned Rice Productions Bios: Daneel van der Walt, who was born in Sasolburg, has been seen on stage in BIG GIRL, LONG STREET NIGHTS, THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW (Fleur du Cap - Best Supporting Actress in a Musical winner), MISSING and DANI AND THE LION (Fleur Du Cap nominee). This year, she made her Maynardville debut as Petruchio in THE TAMING OF THE SHREW. RSG listeners will have heard her voicing several animals in the radio drama, RSG SE STORIEDIERETUIN. She plays the role of Natasha in SUIDOOSTER on Kyknet. Candice van Litsenborgh grew up in Port Elizabeth and made her Cape Town theatre debut at Maynardville in MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, before going on to perform internationally in hit musicals such as PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT (Fleur Du Cap Nominee, Broadway World SA Award Winner), ANNIE, LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS (Broadway World SA Award winner, Fleur Du Cap and Naledi Nominee), SWEENEY TODD (Fleur du Cap nominee), JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR (SA, Greece and South Korea), and SHOWBOAT (Sweden). For Canned Rice, she adapted the June Carter Cash book FROM THE HEART for the stage. She also wrote, co-produced and starred in UNDERSTUDY BLUES, VACANCY and COURT. Director, Richard Wright-Firth split his childhood between England and Botswana before moving to London to study at the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts where he later became a lecturer and director. He is a Carleton Hobbes Award winner and former member of the BBC Radio Drama Company. In the UK he has appeared in dozens of productions including HAMLET, MACBETH, THEY SHOOT HORSES DON'T THEY and UNDER MILK WOOD. In South Africa he has directed UNDERSTUDY BLUES, SALUTE THE TROOPS, THAT'S WHAT SHE SAID, FROM THE HEART and COURT and works as a voice over artist and dialect coach. He appeared as Muldoon in 3 seasons of the Starz Network series, BLACK SAILS.

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Stand-Up Comedy at The Drama Factory

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A night of Stand-up Comedy not to be missed!  South Africa’s foremost comedians join farces to bring you the most outrageous, uproarious, side-splitting night of comedy gold!  Hold onto your seats as your MC, the award-winning Rob van Vuuren, is joined by Melt Sieberhagen’s uniquely South African point of view, comedian KG who is the son of a Sangoma and a nurse and fresh from being nominated as best newcomer comedian in South Africa- Lindy Johnson.

Melt Sieberhagen has been working n the local entertainment industry since 2002. You might have heard his voice in radio ads or even the odd radio drama on RSG – the only medium in which he can convincingly play a sportsman or a romantic lead.

You might have seen his face in ads Tops@Spar or OLX or maybe you saw him on kykNet’s imrpovised comedy hit Proesstraat (yes, there is an ‘r’). If you concentrate hard enough you might even have seen him for 12 seconds in District 9.

When he’s not performing stand-up or acting, he also writes commercials and scripts for TV shows.

He recently moved to Cape Town, because if you’re going to be poor, you might as well be poor in a pretty place

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Kagiso, or KG as he is affectionately known is the son of a Sangoma and a nurse. He is well and truly on his way to becoming a true comedy heavyweight. KG takes his audiences on a unique comedy journey with a glimpse into the “behind the scenes” practices of a Sangoma and what it’s like having one that you call “dad” , a nurse for a mom and why he was never able to take a day off sick from school. His take on what is regarded as an “unknown” is yet another first for South African comedy. In a very short period of time KG has moved from being an open-mic comedian to being a featured act in club, theatre and corporate comedy.  He made his big stage performance at the Joburg Arts Alive Festival in the Comedy Nine-Nine showcase, working alongside Rob Van Vuuren, Mark Palmer, NdumisoLindi and Kurt Schoonraad and earning rave reviews from the audience members and organizers alike. Since then he has shared the big stage with more of the crème de la crème of South African comedy at the Fugard Theatre Christmas Festival of Laughter, Vodacom Comedy Festival 2012, Comedy Central Presents, The inagural Keeping You In Stitches with RiaadMoosa, Black Only Comedy Show and the outdoor music Festivals in the Western Cape and most recently he was the opening act for David Kau’s Here to make you Laugh in Cape Town.  While many considered it too early to have a one person show, KG 2013’s nominee for the best new comer award at the South African Comics Choice awards went ahead and ran his first solo show, HEAVY at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown. A week’s worth of packed houses resulted in standing ovations and a four star review in the media.

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A newcomer from Paarl, Lindy Johnson has rocketed to success, winning the Savanna ‘Show us Your Apples’ Open Mic 2017 showdown, representing as the only female to make the finals – and then of course, beating out stiff competition and more experienced comedians to win the title.

After a comparatively short amount of time, Lindy has already started making her mark and carving out a niche in SA comedy, performing on esteemed stages such as Cape Town Comedy Club, Rocking the Daisies 2016 and most recently, the Jive Cape Town Funny Festival 2017.

Her brand of comedy has been described as a fresh take on life as a young woman in today’s world, it’s relatable storytelling with a highly enjoyable twist. You’re sure to see much more of Lindy in the years to come

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And of course - no stranger to our stage...

MC - Rob Van Vuuren 

Rob van Vuuren became a comedian by mistake while he was trying to be an actor.

It was bound to happen though, if you consider his shortness to awesomeness ratio multiplied by his genius and augmented by the fact that he is a bit of a dick.

He cut his teeth in the mid to late 90’s (after graduating from Rhodes University) as an actor specializing in Physical theatre with a natural talent for physical comedy. To this day, Rob’s stand-up is characterized by absurd, surreal, and disturbingly hilarious physical interpretations of situations and characters.

As far back in the mists of time as 1999 the press had begun to pick up on this remarkable young comedic talent.

In the year 2000 Rob teamed up with obnoxiously talented tall person Louw Venter after meeting on a crap B-Grade Dutch action film being shot in Cape Town and the proud couple promptly gave birth to Corne and Twakkie and The Most Amazing Show.

TMAS and its insane mustachioed hosts became a cult phenomenon in South Africa spawning 2 unforgettable seasons of an award winning television series, 1000’s of indescribably insane live shows and a legion of rabid fans who have made a considerable dent in the South African lexicon.

Corne and Twakkie, along with bands like the Springbok Nude Girls and Fokofpolisiekar, helped redefine a generation of South Africans. Corne and Twakkie were particularly instrumental and influential in creating the scene that produced South African zef rap sensation Jack Parow and international phenomenon Die Antwoord.

It was this introduction to and tutelage in comedy beyond the fourth wall that TMAS provided him with that led to Rob’s addiction to stand-up comedy.

Terrified with the thought of doing 5 minutes at a comedy club Rob wrote his first full length one man stand –up comedy show (Rob van Vuuren is Rob van Vuuren) in 2008. The show was nominated as the one man show of the year in the (now defunct) SA Comedy Awards of that year and Rob also picked up the Nandos Breakthrough Act Award the” Live and Kicking ” comedy club at the 2008 National Arts Festival.

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