What Is It?
The NIROX Foundation has organised a spectacular day out in the NIROX Sculpture Park near the Cradle of Humakind this March. Bring the whole family along to their one-of-a-kind theatre in the park event, which will see dancers, performers and artists pay homage to the great bard, William Shakespeare.
The event will be presented in three stages across the sculpture park. To begin, a physical theatre performance entitled ‘Walking Tall’ will be presented in the Poplar Forest. This performance piece is sponsored by PAST – Palaeontoloigcal Scientific Trust, which aims to foster education, research and the public understanding of the sciences related to our origins. ‘Walking Tall’ takes the viewer on a 13.8-billion-year journey through time. It has been performed to over 1.3 million people around the world.
To follow, a series of readings of Shakespeare’s sonnets will be presented on the Main Lawns. Acclaimed South African thespians David Butler and Brenda Sakellarides will perform readings of their selection from a combination of Shakespeare’s tragedies and comedies.
Lastly, the National School of the Arts will perform a contemporary rendition of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The play is set in a South African urban plastic jungle, which reflects the attitudes and the materials of our age. In a world that has become plastic and fake, just for a moment this play gives us a chance to find our imagination and to dream.
NIROX Artist in residency Gabrielle Kruger has created the set design for the play. Using solidified acrylic paint, she crafts a world of deconstructed plastic and separates her work from the meaning that is associated with landscapes and the natural environment. Lerato Lichaba and Tubatsi Moloi from The Urban Village ensemble will provide the live score for the performance. They are also currently in residence at NIROX.
The performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream will be presented in the Ampitheatre.
When Is It?
Saturday, 16 March 2019 from 10:00 – 18:00.
Where Is It?
NIROX Sculpture Park, 24 Kromdraai Road, Kromdraai, Krugersdorp, Johannesburg.
How Much Is It?
Tickets are R200 online and R250 at the entrance on the day – subject to availability.
Pensioners & students R150 at the entrance on the day.
Children under 12 enter free of charge.
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