20/20: Entertainment in Containment

Written by on 6th Jul 2020


11th Sep 2020

“20/20 vision in the year 2020!”

Biblioteek Productions presents twenty Classical interdisciplinary online projects of twenty minutes each. Nearly sixty freelance artists from all spheres of the creative and arts industry are involved in this exciting project.

These mini productions will be rolled out weekly for 20 weeks from 10 July.  Join us in this online revolution, where we continue to bring boundary shifting classical music to you!

20 Online streamed events
20:00 – 20:20


4 September
Emma Farquharson, Caleb Vaughn-Jones, Lara Kirsten, Ilse Myburgh and Oswald Mbuyiseli Mtshali: “Hear Her Now”
A concert staged from a feminist musicological stance, opera-trained Emma Farquharson (The Forest Weaver) collaboratively showcases the work of select female Western Art Music composers in an attempt to generate conversation around the “historically ignored of music history”. Cellist Caleb Vaughn-Jones and Emma once again share excerpts of footage from their Grahamstown National Arts Festival sold-out show “A Feather on the Breath of God”, while Emma and Lara illustrate their own recent Scottish folk song venture, all in order to Hear Her Now. The production features a new voice-over recording of “uit die resonante holtes”, an Afrikaans poem penned by Lara for Emma, about the power of the female singing voice, which they believe holds true also as an acknowledgement and celebration of the creative expression of Women In Music. The cherry on the top is Emma’s debut of Dr. Jeanne Zaidel-Rudolph’s “Boy On A Swing”, set to the poetry of Oswald Mbuyiseli Mtshali. For this rendition she will be accompanied by pianist Ilse Myburgh.

11 September
Franco Prinsloo, Sonya Rademeyer, Willem van den Heever and André van Rensburg: “Traces” In this 20-minute online concert artists Sonya Rademeyer, Willem van den Heever and André van Rensburg collaborate with composer Franco Prinsloo in creating three striking videos to accompany three musical Prayers”. Sonya Rademeyer re-translates the music of Prayer to the Young Moon by way of automated gesture to create a powerful drawing performance addressing inter-generational trauma caused by colonisation. Willem van den Heever explores themes in Jonahs Prayer, capturing an expressive dance by Marguerite Wolfaardt where escape from a place of dark confinement opens up into a place where mind and soul can roam freely. And, in the new work Lacrimosa (world premiere), Prinsloo and André van Rensburgs inter-continental artistic responses explore the subtleties of microtonal overtones through the theme of loss. In the video component to this work, Van Rensburg uses the movement of water to echo the theme of mourning, resulting in an abstracted meditation of movements and lines. In Honouring Traces three musical compositions result in three distinctive visual works that subliminally speak towards honouring the inner Self. Viewed from a collective perspective, the triage-form a weighted counterpart to Prinsloos compositions. Moving from either an historical, confined or mourning Self, the fabric of the visual language is woven together in the subtleties of a collective search for traces. Echoes of invisible prayers edge the works forward to eventually come to a place of rest where forgotten or lost traces can again be honoured.

18 September
Busisiwe Ngejane & Makudupanyane Senaoana: “La Bohéme” Busisiwe Ngejane and Makudupanyane Senaoana bring Puccini’s La Boheme Act 1 to life. Beginning with an introduction of the two love birds, Mimi and Rudolfo, the two singers then enchant us with the much-loved arias “Che gelida manina”, “Sì, mi chiamano Mimì” and “O soave fanciulla”. Interspersed between these arias are excerpts of poetry and animation.

25 September
Monthati Masebe and Tali Lehr-Sacks: “Sun trans-fusion” In this audiovisual piece, we will be looking at the metaphorical connections between plant life and “queerness”. By watching a plant grow over time there are things we notice – things that nature has learnt, becoming inherent for survival. Human beings have done the same. We will portray the historical struggles of the queer community and the fruit it has bearded today, through a conversation between music and visuals that strives to intice mixed feelings about what comes with darkness and light, struggle, resilience, change, Adaptibility and growth. Everyone will move towards warmth, safety and loving energies.This is human instinct – an instinct we share with the plants around us. When you move a plant into a different environment, you’ll notice that no matter what, its leaves will twist and turn to find the biggest slither of sun it can in order to survive. Fortunately, some of us today are able to find this safe space somehow. We have loving families and friends that support us no matter who we are and what new things we discover about ourselves. This is hugely thanks to the LGBTQIA+ community that fought for our rights before us, and paved what is now a growing, supportive queer community. Historically, there have been cases of hidden as well as outright queerness, even in the classical music world. We draw inspiration from these musicians throughout our art piece. Through this audiovisual piece, we will draw from both of our personal experiences as young, queer South African womxn, as well as express our immense gratitude for the queer communities that came before us. We are no longer afraid of starting this conversation in the classical world, as we use music and art to express ourselves in the only way we know how – to move in the direction of the sun, and hopefully pull some out of the dark by inviting them to grow alongside us.

Bookings via QUICKET

R80 per device – donations are welcome through Quicket

Enquiries: media@biblioteek.co.za or 076 835 6561

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