All 'things' French at the National Arts Festival 2014

Le Rêve d'Herbert (Herbert’s Dream)

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Venue:
Drostdy Lawns

Genre: Public Art
Age Restriction: All Ages
Director: Created by Compagnie des Quidams & Inko'Nito
Written By: Jean-Baptiste Duperray, Nikola Martin
Featured Artists: Jules Neff, Géraldine Penain, Frédéric Ronziere, Bernard Luserga, Véronique Dore

They advance in the shadow, these long white figures on stilts, draped in cloths. They seem to wait for a meeting. Appearing from behind a tree or around the corner of a street, they move with silent and slow gestures. They begin strange secret meetings as they approach, withdraw and then finally invite us to follow them… Step by step, the five characters are transformed into voluminous 4m high characters. They seem deformed and majestic at the same time. They also seem clumsy and ethereal as if they come from another planet. Their heads light up. The enormous silhouettes that they evolve into take us off around a luminous star. To strange and bewitching music, the five characters perform a magical rite that makes the star rise up in the sky… As a wink at the moon… As in a dream… Since the creation of Herbert’s Dream in 1997 by Jean-Baptiste Duperray, from Compagnie Des Quidams, and Nikola Martin, from Company Inko'Nito, this French street theatre company’s production has been performed more than 1 500 times at all the major festivals around the globe. Starting at the Drostdy Lawns, Herbert’s Dream takes off with a walk with the silhouettes and culminates in a performance.

Performances
Duration: 50 minutes / Free
04 July 2014 at 18:00 at Drosty Lawns 
05 July 2014 at 18:00 at Drosty Lawns

Didier Labbé Quartet

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Venue: DSG Hall
Genre: Jazz
Age Restriction: PG
Music Performed by: Didier Labbé (saxophones, flute - FR), Jean-Luc Amestoy (accordéon - FR), Laurent Guitton (tuba - FR), Alain Laspeyres (drums - FR), Tlale Makhene (percussion - SA), Mbulelo Ngubombini (dance - SA)

Saxophonist and flautist Didier Labbé is a uniquely inspired creative mind who draws inspiration from a variety of genres (jazz, improvised music, popular music, Mediterranean and African traditional music) and artistic expressions (cinema, theatre and dance). As artistic director of the performance company ‘Ladies and Gentlemen’, he has over 15 years of experience in crafting ground-breaking productions that explore new landscapes of sound and sight. Having toured extensively throughout Africa, Europe and South America, recorded a dozen albums and been the recipient of numerous awards, his work promises to deliver a memorable and inspiring performance. Dancing alongside the band will be talented South African dancer, Mbulelo Ngubombini from the iKapa Dance Theatre in Cape Town.

Performances
Duration: 70 minutes / R65.00
03 July 2014 at 22:00 at the DSG Hall

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