Jennifer Ferguson’s song for healing comes to the Baxter for 4 performances only in April

The Baxter Theatre Centre, in partnership with Peace of Music and The Forgotten Angle Theatre Collaborative, have great pleasure in welcoming Jennifer Ferguson and Company back to the Baxter stage after a long absence.

Following on the heels of her opening performance at The Forgotten Angle Theatre Collaborative’s (FATC) My Body My Space: Public Arts Festival (MBMS), singer-songwriter Jennifer Ferguson is heading to Cape Town to perform a series of four emotive concerts called JENNIFER #wetoo, at the Baxter Concert Hall, from 4 to 7 April, at 8pm.

Sparked by the #metoo viral campaign, which took social media by storm in 2017 and saw numerous women across the globe speak out with claims of sexual harassment and assault, Ferguson’s concerts are a creative response to the recent disclosure of her rape. “I want to go beyond the personal #metoo to a universal #wetoo,” she says. “JENNIFER could be you or me. My story is just one of tens of thousands. We need to look at other ways of dealing with the culture of sexual violence and admit the current judicial system is failing too many of us. Restorative, even narrative justice offers something different as a path to healing the individual and the community. As an artist, I can stand in my truth and own my story on the stage without compromise. Music has traditionally been used to heal personal and collective trauma. Creativity is a powerful response to atrocities. I hope that this sharing of song and stories, will empower us to speak our truth, to restore societal balance and to heal.’’

JENNIFER #wetoo will feature special guest artists Zolani Mahola and Tina Schouw, both who have been activists in their own rights. Some of Cape Town’s best musicians will play with Jennifer including Mark Franzman, Ronan Skillen and Shaun Jacobs, plus a very special appearance by the Cape Town Youth Choir’s Vocal Ensemble. Renowned choral conductor and co-script-writer of the Swedish Academy-award nominated film As it is in Heaven, Anders Nyberg, will share the musical direction.

The concerts will feature the joyful and the introspective, but will mostly be an articulated celebration of the human spirit. “It’s a song-communion of a kind for all of us who have been hurt, somewhere, sometime. Men and women. So hopefully we can rise again with a matured vision of a more courageous and authentic life. After the storm we rise and sing again… Together,” says Ferguson.

JENNIFER #wetoo is made even more poignant by the fact that Ferguson is performing with her family, who are all just as talented. Her husband, Anders, is musical director, composer and conductor while their children – son Gabriel Nyberg and daughter Johanna Nyberg – will perform alongside her on stage. Gabriel is a talented multi-instrumentalist and composer in his own right and Johanna, who has Down Syndrome, loves being on stage and will solo in a moving ballad, My Temple, My Home, a song composed with Cape Town activist musician Su Lubner to campaign against child abuse.

The JENNIFER #wetoo concerts are hopefully the beginning of a future project in partnership with FATC. “We, like everyone in South Africa, want a country where sexual violence is no longer the norm and where survivors of sexual crimes are empowered to speak out, are met with care and respect and a form of justice that heals not only themselves, but the community as a whole,” says Ferguson. “We want to work in close consultation with and support various organisations which have for many years been doing really hard, remarkable work in the field of sexual violence. We hope to open spaces for conversations around the difficult aspects of our inter-relationships, and men need to be part of this as well.”

Ferguson has been known for her insightful and uncompromising spirit which has consistently reflected in her activism and her music throughout the decades. Her award-winning recordings defined many of the complexities of the 80’s with anthemic songs around military conscription, the white suburban malaise and the rich textures of South Africa’s narratives of the struggle for freedom.

In the 90s she worked in parliament under Nelson Mandela’s presidency. During a tour of Sweden as an MP and artist in 1993, she met Anders Nyberg, her husband of 21 years. He had worked internationally in solidarity with the Liberation Struggle and even in the Cape townships as a choral researcher during the 80s. Their mutual passion for music, spirituality and social justice helped bring them together and continues to sustain them.

Jennifer’s first collaboration with FATC was in 2003, for its When Life Happens Festival, the first HIV/AIDS-focused festival of its kind in South Africa.

Ferguson decided to shift base to Sweden to accommodate the special needs of her daughter Johanna when she turned 10 years old. She lives a fairly reclusive life focusing on her music, choral workshops and concerts, sound healing and teaching. She also co-leads an integration choir. ‘‘Life in Sweden has given me the gift of another culture, a rare gift of original wilderness, a country where access to the land is enshrined constitutionally and some truly amazing music. I can work and walk in peace. But still there is nothing, ever, quite like home,” she says.

Tickets for the JENNIFER #wetoo concerts from 4 to 7 April are R195 with an Early Bird Special of R120 and only valid until 16 March and discounts for students and pensioners on presentation of valid identification. Booking is through Webtickets on 086 111 0005, online at www.webtickets.co.za or at selected Pick n Pay outlets.

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Book for this show at the Baxter Theatre from 19 December -with Chantal Stanfield

This one person show will be superb
Chantal Stanfield tells the true story of how she married this young Jewish Man

The season earlier this year was sold out in Johannesburg

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I urge friends to see Soli Philander’s new show at the Baxter Theatre till 29 July at 7.30pm

I really do urge friends to see Soli Philander new show at the Baxter Theatre.

I saw the show last night with my wife Razia Myers and Kamla Pillay and Prashant Jugdeesh .

The show is a real hard look at Cape Town – warts and all .
It is filled with humor .erudite points and sadness with reflection and beauty all put together with a wonderful narrative.

The narrative holds the whole piece together .One man on stage holding you captive for 75 mins and making you think .

The show is no slapstick comedy routine .

75 mins of beautiful theatre . BEST WORK yet . If this show does not win awards I will be damned .

 

Alistair Izobell Productions presents: NUR ABRAHAMS It’s My Time 25th – 28 July 2017 @ Baxter Theatre

Nur Abrahams is by far one of South Africa`s most soulful singers. Nur has contributed to many a hit show in Cape Town and this year he brings us his second solo production “It`s My Time”.

He has embarked on a new journey to showcase his amazing vocal talent. His brand-new look, brand new sound and a brand-new journey, because… It’s his time.

Join Nur as he showcases his new sound and recordings, shares his thoughts and celebrates his journey with some of his favourite music industry friends.

Featuring the very talented Devanish Hendricks, Fagrie Isaacs and Tye Platinum.

TOP SOUTH AFRICAN VOCALIST JOINS THE WORLD’S TOUGHEST DANCE SHOW – BURN THE FLOOR: FIRE IN THE B ALLROOM – ON THEIR SA TOUR

South African-singing powerhouse, Lelo Ramasimong, has been cast as a lead vocalist in Burn The Floor: Fire In The Ballroom– fresh from the international dance show’s run in Pretoria at The State Theatre over the past few weeks.

Lelo joins fellow vocalist, Mikee Introna, in the diverse global cast, as Burn The Floor: Fire In The Ballroomheads to The Baxter Theatre in Cape Town this week Thursday (19 May) until 5 June, for two weeks of electrifying performances as part of their 2016 Tour in South Africa.

Lelo, who made her début at The State Theatre in Pretoria last week alongside the Burn The Floor: Fire In The Ballroom cast, will feature throughout the Cape Town and Durban seasons of the dance production.

For Lelo, joining Burn The Floor: Fire in The Ballroom “is an honour” and she’s excited to be a part of this international production.

“The news hasn’t really sunk in yet, but I am excited to be one of the only two singers in the production touring SA. I can’t wait to take to the stage in Cape Town and Durban, and share this amazing experience of singing various musical genres for our audiences,” she shares.

Beginning her singing career in high school, Lelo first performed professionally in her home town, Durban.

The songbird rose to singing prominence in South Africa since her participation as a Top 10 finalist on Idols SA some years ago, before taking to the dance floor on the hit ballroom TV show, Strictly Come Dancing.

Lelo then took to the theatre to put her voice to the ultimate test by performing in the stage production of Dreamgirls in 2011 – and one of the biggest moments of her professional career so far.

As for Burn The Floor: Fire In The Ballroom, Lelo says fans “are in for a treat” and that they “should expect the unexpected”.

“What I really love about this show is that I get to perform songs from different styles of music. There are songs for every member of the family to enjoy, and the dancing is absolutely phenomenal. The magnitude of this show is really jaw dropping to say the least.”

– ENDS –

EDITOR’S NOTES:

  • Burn The Floor: Fire In The Ballroom opens at the Baxter Theatre at theBaxter Theatre Centre in Cape Town from May 19th to June 5th; and theiZulu Theatre at theSibaya Casino in Durban from June 8th to 19th.
  • BurnTheFloor: Fire in TheBallroom is brought to South Africa in 2016 by Dance Partner Productions, in association with TheSouth African State Theatre and Bernard Jay.

FOR MORE INFORMATION AND PHOTOGRAPHS, PLEASE CONTACT:

Clayton Morar

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Bovim Ballet QUEEN AT THE BALLET, at the Baxter Theatre for a limited season from 8th – 18th August.

By incredible popular demand Bovim Ballet brings back QUEEN AT THE BALLET, being staged at the Baxter Theatre for a strictly limited season from 8th – 18th August.

QUEEN AT THE BALLET uses the athleticism of rock ballet en-pointe in a high impact production that will entertain people of all ages. As audiences have come to expect from Bovim Ballet productions, the show is packed with high artistic standards, innovative & original choreography, and powerful performances from the strong cast of dancers.

Michael Hankinson’s exquisite recorded orchestral arrangements of Queen’s music are further enhanced by the live gymnastic vocals of CITO (WONDERboom & Jesus Christ Superstar fame), Daniel Fisher (Fiddler on the Roof) and the recent addition of popular local soprano Magdalene Minnaar, (most recently seen as Christine in Phantom of the Opera, receiving rave reviews) to perform the showstopper “Barcelona” with Cito.

This hit show captures the story of the great pretender, Freddie Mercury, told through the medium of dance. Set to over 20 of his greatest hits including amongst others; Who wants to live forever, Another one bites the Dust, Bohemian Rhapsody; audience members will be taken on a journey of the fascinating life of one of the world’s greatest singers. The audience can expect to see tender pas de deux interspersed with exciting rocking group numbers.

Dancers include Henk Opperman, Tanya Futter, Faye Dubinski, Devon Marshbank, Nicola Van der Merwe, James Bradley, Iggy Van Heerden, Zandile Constable, Darren Greeff, Jennifer Middleton, Steven Van Wyk, Llewellyn Mnguni, Sven Muller, Megan Black, Javan Mattei, Elzanne Crause, Che Milani, Ipeleng Morafe, Grant Van Ster and Justin Mancer.

Henk Opperman dances the role of Freddie while his lovers are portrayed by Devon Marshbank, Tanya Futter, Nicola Van der Merwe & Faye Dubinski.

Reviews from previous stagings of QUEEN AT THE BALLET include:

“Brilliant” – Cape Times
“A remarkable production” – Argus
“brilliantly choreographed” – Ireland on Sunday

“A Rocking good show!” – Artslink

Bovim’s production offers a powerful fusion of fashion and dance, brought to life through collaborations with international designers such as Malcolm Klûk & CGDT, Craig Port, Ian West, Gavin Rajah & Danielle Margaux.

Performances are from 8th – 18th August 2012 at the Baxter Theatre in Rondebosch.

Shows run from Wednesdays to Saturdays 8pm and Sunday 12th August at 2pm.

Tickets range from R150 – R180 and can be bookedthrough Computicket on HYPERLINK “http://www.computicket.comwww.computicket.com or by calling the Baxter Box Office directly on (021) 685 7880.

A 10% discount ticket is offered to Students, Pensioners and Block Bookings of 30 or more when booked through Baxter Theatre’s Ticket Office on 021 685 7880.

Queen At The Ballet runs 100 minutes including a 20 minute interval with no age restriction.