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CROWN OF THE RUSSIAN BALLET

CROWN OF THE RUSSIAN BALLET   CROWN OF THE RUSSIAN BALLET
VENUE: DRAMA THEATRE
DATE: 1 - 3 MAY 2015 @ 11:00


1st Act: "MANFRED" World Premiere
One-act ballet based on the poem by the romantic poet Lord Byron
Choreography A. Emelianov

2nd Act: "ROMEO & JULIET"
One-act ballet
Choreography: A. Emelianov
Suite from "THE SLEEPING BEAUTY"
Choreography: M. Petlpa

The year 2015 marks the 175th anniversary of the birth of the great Russian composer Pyotr lIyich Tchaikovsky. For one-and-a half centuries, his music has generated great interest amongst all generations and people all over the world and it continues to mesmerise to this day. His three ballets Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty and The Nutcracker are true pearls of the world`s ballet treasures. CROWN OF THE RUSSIAN BALLET was founded in 1997 as the choreography of the day demanded new repertoire. The company consists of graduates of the best Russian choreography schools, CROWN OF THE RUSSIAN BALLET has toured successfully around the globe: Italy, Spain, Portugal, Greece, France, Austria, Sweden, the USA, Great Britian, Canada, Germany, Finland, India, Switzerland, Austria. China, Israel, Japan, Mexico, South Africa and the United Arab Emirates. Artistic Director Anatoly Emelianov has prepared a special programme for South Africa devoted to the great Russian composer Tchaikovsky.


Production Schedule:
Time: 20:00
Tickets: Click here to book

TSHWANE COMEDY NIGHTS

TSHWANE COMEDY NIGHTS      TSHWANE COMEDY NIGHTS
VENUE: RENDEZVOUS THEATRE
DATE: 16 & 30 MAY 2015

16 MAY 2015: Nqoba Ngcobo, Nina Hastie, Zikho Sithole & Dave Levinsohn
Nqoba Ngcobo
Recognizable from T.V, Nqoba works the JHB and Durban comedy scene as a host and headliner and he is a regular within the corporate entertainment scene. Nqoba is making significant career steps as a stand-up comedian and television actor. He used to manage a pizza outlet in Sunnyside, Pretoria, before he started on comedy. The hit comedy series Pure Monate introduced him to the comedy world.
Nina Hastie
Nina is quite clearly one smart comedienne. She is undoubtedly one of SA’s top female comic and Pretoria’s finest comics. Nina confidently sashays onto stage with bounce and style, yet you can already feel the edginess oozing off her before she's said a word. When she opens her mouth her material backs up the image in originality, and razor sharp observation and you immediately feel like you're in the presence of someone who could easily be amongst the best.
Zikho Sithole
Zikho Sithole is the graduate of the State Theatre Comedy Academy Class of 2013. His comedy is observational and he is a bit risqué every now and then, but all that makes his a darling with his comedy audience. He won the Yfm Comedy Battle in February 2015 and he runs the Tavern Comedy Nights in Soweto.
Dave Levinsohn
South African Comedian and king of improv-comedy, honed his skills as a host at the Coffee Lounge in 1997. He has regularly performed at the Vodacom International festival and the Smirnoff comedy festival. TV viewers are already familiar with Dave’s quirky, irrepressible humour from his ‘Big Black Box’ ads. Or possibly as the zany co-presenter in the first series of the SABC 3 TV shows ‘Going Nowhere Slowly’. Winner of the pro section of the Red bull comedy jam 2004. Winner of the Nando’s most original approach to comedy, Grahamstown 2008. He also opened for Aussie comic Jimoein. His material darts into more lateral territory, with his “slightly-weird-guy-next-door” approach to every subject under the sun; he’s odd, without being offensive.

30 MAY 2015: Jay Boogie, George Kuda, Smokey Nyembe & Khanyisa Bunu
Jay Boogie
“Jay Boogie born Jordan Mazibuko is one funny guy”. That’s what his fans and people that have seen him perform have to say. He does smart, street-wise and relevant comedy. He is that comedian that talks about everything. There is no Taboo subject. He is raw, hard-core and tells the truth. Jay Boogie has a huge following in South Africa and also in Swaziland. He is called the King of Comedy in Soweto and soon to be the King of Comedy in South Africa. Jay runs his own comedy club, in Soweto, called Ozone. He inherited it from his mentor Kedibone Mulaudzi. The comedy nights are legendary and get a full house all the time. He has performed at and hosted Soweto Comedy Festival and has shared the stage with most top has featured in 2 feature films that will be released in 2015 as well as SABC1s new sitcom Thandeka’s diary.
George Kuda
Zimbabwean-born, George Kuda and who has been a comedian since 2007 at Nomad Comedy's Open Mic Nights at Tony's Bar and Grill, Randburg. Kuda has shared stages with renowned stand-up comedians such as Martin Jonas, John Vlismas, Vittoria Leonardi, Joe Parker, Alyn Adams, Chris Forrest, Ronnie Madimola, Many Knight (UK), Darren Maule, Trevor Noah and Al Prodgers.
Smokey Nyembe
Smokey is a regular at the Soweto Premium Comedy Nights and the Jo’burg Premium Comedy Nights. His street smart, kasi-style comedy has more and more people following him on Twitter and Facebook and on the streets, literally. SMOWKEY NOW RATES HIMSELF AS THE DOPEST COMEDIAN IN THE UNDERGROUND COMEDY SCENE!!! Blowing your own horn hey Smokey?
Khanyisa Bunu
Hailing from Whittlesea in the Eastern Cape, Khanyisa is making her mark in the Joburg comedy scene. Having graced the stage at venues like Bambata, the eMalahleni Comedy nights and at the Soweto Premium Comedy Nights, Tshwane Comedy nights as well as the 99% comedy series, Khanyisa will be representing the country in Brazil as one of South Africas budding female comedians.



Production Schedule:
Time: 20:00
Tickets: Click here to book

AFRICA UNITE FASHION SHOW

AFRICA UNITE FASHION SHOW   AFRICA UNITE FASHION SHOW
VENUE: DRAMA FOYER
DATE: 2 MAY 2015 @ 11:00


The South African State Theatre in association with Troublesome Kids proudly present Africa Unite Fashion Show! Come and join us in celebrating Africa Unite Fashion Show at The South African State Theatre.

The day will be packed with Live Music, African Art and Food Stalls with the Fashion Show as the Highlight of the day. Cash bar also available at the Drama Foyer, State Theatre

Showcasing Fashion Designers:
Tshepo Ngobeni, Tshepo Modise and Camash Clothing

Featuring Various DJ’s and Live performances
DJ Mos D, Forest Giving, T Hardy, Vito, DJ Trix, Mathata Boys, Genuis, Bliss & DJ Embassy

Say NO to Xenophobia!
Limited seats available. Book now and avoid missing out…

Production Schedule:

Time: 11:00

Tickets: Click here to book

JAZZ & AFRICAN MUSIC NIGHTS

JAZZ & AFRICAN MUSIC NIGHTS  JAZZ & AFRICAN MUSIC NIGHTS
VENUE: RENDEZVOUS THEATRE
DATE: 8, 15 & 29 MAY 2015

8 MAY 2015: MAX VIDIMA & FOUR FRIENDS
Max Vidima
And always a diversity of cultures shaking hands: Steven Lekas’ Cape Town goema piano meets Vidima’s Zim styled guitar; Tony Paco’s Mozambican swing on drums and percussion dances with Peter Ndlala’s Atlantic ocean bass; Buddy Well’s snake charming saxophone is seduced by the growling vocal majesty of Zukiswa Nomtshongwana (Old Mutual Jazz Encounter Afro-Jazz vocal winner in 2001) and the whispering tenderness of Vidima’s own voice. And no matter how you like to sway your hips, Sagiya is always infinitely danceable.
Four Friends
Members: Kabelo Thomane(Guitar/Vocals), Kee Kototsi(Bassist/Vocals) & Matime Peter(Pianist) 4Friendz Band, an afro soul band started in 2009 after the 4 members met at The South African State Theatre and pursued their career in the music industry. Friendz was privileged to perform at the Standard Bank Joy of Jazz 2009 and 2012, Sony 3D/HD Launch in 2010 at Sandton City Johannesburg, opened the stage for Vusi Mahlasela at the Capital Arts Festival 2009. They also shared the stage with Vusi Mahlasela at the Fifa Fan Fest in Polokwane 2010 as well as performing at Capital Arts Festival in 2010 at The South African State Theatre. Contact them on fourfriendzband@outlook.com.

15 MAY 2015: ISABELA NOVELLA & KOTO PULANE
Isabela Novella
Born in Maputo-Mozambique and growing up on music stages around the world, Isabel Novella has, since 2005, performed together with NecoNovellas (her family band) in more than 50 festivals in Europe; including, Dunya, Oreol, Roots, Mundial, and North Sea Jazz Festivals (all in Holland), plus other world music and jazz festivals in France, Berlin, Bulgaria, Belgium, Luxembourg, just to mention a few. At these festivals, she has shared a stage with artists like Chaka Khan, Liz Wright, Jill Scott, Patty Metheny, Jose James, Bobby McFerrin, Alicia Keys, and many more in festivals around Europe. In 2009, she was one of the singers chosen to feature on the album Beyond Borders released in USA 2009, which involved big musicians from 4 Continents where the only singers representing Africa were Isabel Novella – (Mozambique) and Marie Dualne of Zap Mamma - (Congo- Belgium). Before Isabel Novella could release her debut album self-titled Isabel Novella, she performed at the Road to The Standard bank Joy of Jazz Festival at the Lyric Theatre in July 2012 alongside South Africa’s greatest singer Zahara. Isabel Novella also graced the stage at the Annual Pan African Buyelekhaya Music Festival which took place in East London, South Africa in December 2012. She performed alongside Africa’s greatest musician Salif Keita. In July 2013, Isabel Novella toured Portugal to promote her debut album and on her return back home, she will perform in Mozambique on the 24th August 2013 at the More Jazz Series Festival alongside Jonathan Butler and other fellow musicians from Mozambique.
Koto Pulane
It all began in at the age of five in Daveyton at 11687 Polane Street which also his uncle 'Dilateng' and aunt Masetumo had some influence in this young's ambition to stardom. His mother and father always saw this and created an environment that will ensures his dream will be a reality. This multi-talented musician also has a theatre background. Being a perfomer and music director is second nature to him. He has performed alongside prominent musicians in the country, like the late Nana Coyote, Jazzil Brothers, Siphokazi and many more. Last year in 2014 he also got interviewed on Mhlobo Wenene fm and the response was amazing. The album is produced by D.T.Maseko a.k.a Trevor Mako who has produced the likes of Lebo Mashile, featured by Dj Mbuso, Eltonnick, Sol Phenduka, Kabomo and many more.

29 MAY 2015: AYO SOLANKE & KHUMBA
Ayo Solanke
Ayo Solanke is one of the most dynamic and energetic jazz and soul saxophonists to ever appear in the entire African music scene. His unique soulful style together with his creativity and innovation as an artist clearly sets him apart from the rest. He is a songwriter and arranger with a background in event management and project coordination with almost two decades of experience under his belt, a man of excellence with an incredible profile and a great personality; undoubtedly one of the best in the continent. He picked up the saxophone for the first time in 1997 during his first year studying Mechanical Engineering at the University of Lagos, Nigeria and has never stopped since then. He gradually developed into a virtuoso performer; a treasured sensation to music lovers everywhere. He has become one of the most sought after performers both on stage and in the studios. He has recorded with the likes of Kirk Whalum, Hugh Masakela, Zahara, Judith Sephuma, Pastor Benjamin Dube, Afrotraction, Jimmy Dludlu, Danny K, Pops Mohammed, Kunle Ayo and Agboola Shadare just to mention a few. Others include, Mimi Mtetwa, Theo Kgosinkwe, Sabelo Mthembu, Asa (Nig) and Onyeka Onwenu (Nig) - just to mention a few. He has performed before notable personalities such as Operah Winfrey, President Bill Clinton of USA, President Jacob Zuma of South Africa and President Olusegun Obasanjo of Nigeria.
Khumba
Kuumba Muzik Solutionz is an idea of a movement formed by young people who all share the same dream, which is finding ‘solutionz’ through art. “Kuumba” is Swahili for GOD’S CREATION/CREATIVITY, and the reason why we chose that name is because we are God’s creation that uses creativity to help with current problems. The kind of art we are doing is destined to help find solutions, hence the reason behind ‘solutionz’ in our name. Well Kuumba Muzik Solutionz’s idea came with Omari Jacobs, who is also an artist in the movement, refer page for more information on Omari and group members. The idea came at 3 SIA military base in Kimberley, Northern Cape, where The Department of Social Development (DSD) held youth camp for youth across South Africa. That is where Omari thought of the idea, according to him, his love of art and helping people became extreme there, and that is where he decided to take his guitar and started to play, after that, artists around started attracting themselves, I guess it was art that attracted them to each other.

Production Schedule:
Time: 20:00
Tickets: Click here to book

UHAMBO – THE JOURNEY

UHAMBO – THE JOURNEY UHAMBO – THE JOURNEY
VENUE: ARENA THEATRE
DATE: 3 – 25 JULY 2015


An epic tale about one boy's adventure during a vibrant yet conflicting time in South Africa. The State Theatre in association with the Sibikwa Arts Centre is proud to present Uhambo.

Set against a gritty backdrop that epitomises Johannesburg, then and now, the audience will become enchanted by Uhambo, seen through the eyes of Mzamo, a scared and vulnerable teenage boy, born in the 1950’s in the Eastern Cape.

Uhambo – The Journey begins on the auspicious occasion of Nelson Mandela’s inauguration as President of the new South Africa. Far away from the ceremony, in the Eastern Cape, Mzamo, now an old man, sits and listens to Mandela’s speech on his radio and begins to reminisce about his life. Mzamo takes the audience back to the time when he was a fourteen year old boy and embarked on a journey to find his parents in eGoli, a trip that ultimately becomes his journey into manhood.

The harsh system of migratory labour, the ever–growing repression of apartheid forever shadows Mzamo as he travels on trains meeting eclectic and colourful people whose laughter hides abject poverty and suffering. Finally Mzamo finds his parents only to be separated again; he continues his journey this time to the Coal Brook mine where he is confronted with the 1960 Coal Brook disaster.

Uhambo, an inspiring story of true grit, is told through a wondrous mixture of music, dance, drama, mime and dialogue; it atmospherically captures the essence of South Africa during the 1950s.

First presented in 1997, Uhambo, written and directed by Sibikwa directors Phyllis Klotz and Smal Ndaba, was nominated for a Vita Award and toured the USA and South Africa extensively.

Production Schedule:
Time: 20:00
Tickets: Click here to book

ABSOLUTE DANCE 2015

ABSOLUTE DANCE 2015 ABSOLUTE DANCE 2015
VENUE: DRAMA THEATRE
DATUM: 16 MAY 2015


“Absolute Dance 2015,” featuring Act 1 from the ballet “La Sylphide” and “From the Heart / Desde el Corazón,” a stunning new work by Maria – Lorca Montoya and Helen de Jongh. An evening of spectacular dance showcasing the outstanding talents of Pro Arte Alphen Park’s incredible Dance Department. “Act 1 of “La Sylphide,” choreographed by Auguste Bournonville, a ballet from the romantic period, challenge the learners technically and stylistically to tell a story as well as dance and act to their full potential. “From the Heart / Desde el Corazón,” choreographed by Maria – Lorca Montoya and Helen de Jongh, is a new work which incorporates the fusion of both Spanish and Jazz, and pushes the learners far out of their comfort zone.

Production Schedule:
Time: 15:00 & 19:30
Tickets: Click here to book

INTERNATIONAL JAZZ DAY

INTERNATIONAL JAZZ DAY INTERNATIONAL JAZZ DAY
VENUE: RENDEZVOUS THEATRE
DATUM: 30 APRIL 2015

Johnny Mekoa, Sindiswa Seakhoa, Keorapetse Kgositsile, Lefifi Tladi, Menyatso Mathole, Natalia Molebatsi, Percy Mabandu, Bongani Madondo and Solace

A celebration, recognition and promotion of jazz through the literary art and music feauturing poets, musicians and scholars.

Production Schedule:
Time: 20:00
Tickets: Click here to book

Missing

Missing MISSING
VENUE: DRAMA THEATRE
DATE: 1 - 28 JUNE 2015

Written By John Kani
Directed by Janice Honeyman
Starring John Kani, Susan Danford, Buhle Ngaba & Apollo Ntshoko

This is Tony-award-winning Kani's first full-length play since his Nothing But the Truth in 2002, which received numerous accolades locally and abroad. Once again he teams up with theatre bluebloods Janice Honeyman (director) and Mannie Manim (lighting designer) to bring to life this new South African love story and political thriller.
The cast features Kani as Robert Khalipa, Susan Danford as his Swedish wife, Anna Ohlson, and newcomer Buhle Ngaba as their daughter, Ayanda, a medical student. Apollo Ntshoko plays Peter Tshabalala, a young comrade and Robert's assistant in the ANC office in Stockholm.
Robert has been living in exile in Stockholm for over 30 years with his wife (who has inherited her father's large electronic and communications company) and their daughter Ayanda, who was born there. They are a happy family but this is all about to change.
Bongani Bennedict Masango : Writer, Director and Composer Moses “Strike Moshe” Tholo : Musical Director, Music Arranger and Composer Percy Mthunzi : Music Arranger and Composer Thamsanqa Langeni : Music Arranger and Producer .

Performance schedule:
Time: 20:00
Tickets: Click here to book

FISHERS OF HOPE

FISHERS OF HOPE FISHERS OF HOPE
VENUE: ARENA THEATRE
DATE: 6 - 23 May 2015

Acclaimed writer and director Lara Foot sets her Fishers of Hope (Tawaret) by a misty lake in Africa. The family’s breadwinner has been injured by a hippo, the people who depend on him have no food. Instead of showing us a social tragedy, Foot uses a mesmerising magical realism to give her characters space to talk about hope as the binding metaphysical power of their community. Traditional African storytelling is mixed with dance, music and video projections in a family drama that also shows the tragedy of an entire continent running out of hope.

“Lara Foot finds a universe in a small story.” – Marianne Thamm,

Daily Maverick .


“Fishers of Hope sets a precedent to local theatre which will be hard to match.” ‐ Jaro Kalac,

WhatsoninCapeTown .


“Foot’s latest contribution to South African theatre is brilliantly staged and well served all round.” ‐ Beverley Brommert,

Cape Argus .



Production Schedule:
Time: 20:00
Tickets: Click here to book

MOTHER OF ALL EATING

MOTHER OF ALL EATING THE MOTHER OF ALL EATING
VENUE: MOMENTUM THEATRE
DATE: 6 -30 MAY 2015

CAST
Zakes Mda (Writer)
Makhaola Siyanda Ndebele (Director)
Mpho Oesi-Tutu
Pusetso Thibedi Bernett Mulungo

ABOUT THE SHOW
The play explores the unfortunate culture of corruption known as eating, a culture that has become synonymous with corrupt state officials who enrich themselves by abusing government funds. The play was originally written as a one hander, but the director, Makhaola, used superbly two actors to portray the main actor called the Man and his conscience in this elegant production sound-scaped by live grand piano.
For a 20 year old play, The Mother of All Eating is sadly more relevant now than it was in the past. Unlike science fiction stories where the predictions often prove embarrassingly wrong, the play’s prediction of government corruption leeching all the way to the top has been fulfilled

BOOKINGS
Dates & Times: Preview- Wednesday, May 6th at 19:00
Opening Night Thursday, May 7th at 20:00
Weekdays at 20:00
Saturdays at 15:00 and 20:00
Ticket prices: R40 – R100 at Computicket
Corporate Sales & Block Bookings: Nkhensani Mafuyeka nkhensani@statetheatre.co.za 012 392 4036
Brad Watridge brad@hotmustard.co.za 011 794 3375 / 074 793 9338
Tickets: Click here to book

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