Starting the festivities for the Muizenberg Jazz Festival 2018 is the opening of Jeffrey Abrahams photographic exhibition on Thursday 15th October at 18h00, followed by a performance of our friends from the Jazzart Dance Theatre at 19h30.
Photographic Exhibition Opening – 18h00
Jeffrey is a senior high school teacher who left the profession to explore another of his passions: photography. After a few years as self-employed photographer and video producer he joined Independent Media for an eight year stint as photographer, mostly at the Cape Times. Currently he is operating as the sole proprietor of his photographic business.
He derives great pleasure from the performing arts, and a favourite hobby is to attend as many performances as he can, but says he is afflicted with a malady that’s common to many photographers: “I have difficulty fully enjoying something unless I’m peering at it through a lens. A picture not taken is such an awful waste, and it bothers me for a long time afterwards. Besides, when I’m shooting Jazz, I’m not just a passive consumer. I’m actively and creatively engaging with the artists, their emotions, the lighting and even the audience. For me it’s just so much more involving.”
“And we are blessed with some of the most exciting musicians you’re likely to find anywhere. Their artistry is a source of great joy to many, yet they need all the support they can get. This is my way of paying tribute to them.
Jazzart Dance Theatre – 19h30
Jazzart Dance Theatre, founded in 1973, is acknowledged as one of South Africa’s leading contemporary dance companies renowned both internationally and locally, as an award-winning company that influences and preserves the sustainability of dance, choreography and dance performance.
Since its inception Jazzart Dance Theatre has understood, and held sacred, it’s deep responsibility to tell the stories of South Africans primarily through the bodies of South Africans.
It has been at the forefront of contemporary dance development since inception by serving all communities without prejudice or bias and continues its social responsibility through its training and outreach programs servicing marginalised communities. Via its unique approach to training and inter-disciplinary collaborations with diverse role-players, Jazzart develops multi-skilled performers and creates work that promotes excellence, innovation and social change.
Jazzart Dance Theatre’s innovative spirit has long captivated theatre-goers with productions that challenge and inspire. This November, Jazzart is doing what it does best in a once-off, first time performance at Cape Town’s Premier Community Theatre – the Masque in Muizenberg. The programme of four short works promises audiences an experience of visual substance with evocative dance that captivates, breaks barriers, defies gravity while embracing the curves of our African bodies and telling our African stories. Not to be missed.
Jazzart’s Artistic Director, Sifiso Kweyama, comments that “South Africans are in the midst of surviving daily chaos, political uncertainty and a generalised fear of what tomorrow will present. In all of this, we can only highlight some of the body’s stories that are seldom told or expressed except in the realm of art, a heart song of resistance and determination.”
This programme will be performed once only at The Masque Theatre in Muizenberg on 15 November 2018 at 19h30. Click oin the Poster to the right for programme details.
Tickets cost R 80 and are available at Computicket.