Voorkamerfest 2012

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Anne van Veen

After completion of her studies at the School for Drama & Contemporary Music Theatre in Amsterdam, Anne blossomed in her very first theatre program, Anne. She stands out through her (song) texts, her fresh observations and her disarming purity. Her engaging voice has already lead to her first CD, titled Bij Mij. In 2010 she toured not only the Netherlands but Belgium as well with her 2nd theatre program, Wilde Lucht. She is currently writing her 3rd program, Tegengif.  With great enthusiasm she is seeking out her own path between sweet-voiced cabaret and whimsical pop.

At this year’s Voorkamerfest, Anne will present a specially adapted Dutch/Afrikaans musical program together with pianist Jasper Slijderink and multi- instrumentalist Marnix Dorrestein, under the direction of Joanne Swaan, and with a surprising final chord specifically arranged for this festival.


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Anne Hirsch

Born and bred in the cosmopolitan city of Bloemfontein (well, less 'Cosmopolitan' more 'Huisgenoot'), Anne is (af)fluent in Afrikaans and English and her distinct style of humour is clean and family friendly.With her tongue firmly in cheek her idiosyncratic humour takes us on a quick-punning journey from Bloemfontein to Cape Town.




Bliksemstraal, mc, bboy (breakdancer) and one of the creators of Afrikaaps, an international award winning hiphopera focusing on the identity of south asfrikaners and their colonial masters Netherlands. For nearly 30 years of hip-hop in SA, Bliksem enjoyed the last 20.apearing ​​"Opie SCENE ". African hiphop indaba and battle of the year international were of the first competitions he won more than once.tv shows like MK89 hiphop show and SABC tv. Bliksem's vibrant and energetic presence and performance experience is all thanks to years of touring with Brasse VANNIE KAAP and POCs Ramone and READY D as a bboy (dancer) and mc.

Bliksem will be hitting the Darling Voorkamerfest.this year with the sound from the capeflats.some high flying dance moves and joining him is hes crew the capestyle bungalo crew with their message of peace,love,unity and having fun!

This is one not to be missed!!!



Dan Shout/Gorm Helfjord Duo

Saxophonist, Dan Shout is one of the most in demand saxophonists in Cape Town and is well known for his performances with Johnny Clegg, Magic Carpet Ride, Haydn Gardner & The Hot Shots and his own Jazz Fusion project, SHOUT.  

Dan has performed in Europe, Scandinavia, North America, North Africa, Southern Africa, the Middle East, Seychelles, West Indies and Australasia. Some of his highlights have included performing with the South African National Youth Jazz Band at the North Sea Jazz Festival in The Hague (2004), the Johnny Clegg band at the 2006 Soccer World Cup in Germany, the 2007 Rugby World Cup in France, Nelson Mandela's 46664 Concert at Ellis Park (2007), Festival Rhythm Africaine in Bastille, Paris for Bastille Day (2007), Festival Paleo in Nyon, Switzerland (2010), Johnny Clegg 30th Anniversary, Johannesburg & Cape Town (2010/2011), the Human Tour of the U.S.A. and Canada (2011 & 2012) and the Montreal Jazz Festival (2012) to name a few.

Dan teaches saxophone at the University of Cape Town, is a session musician, presents workshops and clinics and is a featured guest with various projects around town. Dan released his second album, “Serenading Ghosts” which was recorded in Kolmanskop Ghost Town in Namibia in June 2012.

Gorm Helfjord is a Norwegian guitarist based in Cape Town. He is a graduate of the University of Cape Town and has since worked with some of the biggest names in jazz, both in Norway and South Africa, including songstress Melanie Scholtz, trumpeter Marcus Wyatt, the Symphonic Rocks concert series and is the guitarist in Dan’s jazz project, SHOUT. Gorm recently returned from a three month tour of China with High School Musical.
Gorm’s virtuosic guitar playing is unique and draws on wide influences including European and African jazz, rock, blues and ethnic music styles.

For more info, see www.danshout.co.za.


The Darling iAfrica Drama Queens

The Darling iAfrica Drama Queens have been a regular feature at the Voorkamerfest since 2006.
This year they bring ‘The Strike’ with a twist, to Darling
‘The Strike ‘
Ivy Johnson, Sary Vlotman
Directed by: Madeleine Matzer
Music: Helge Slikker
Film: Stefan Hurter
Projection: Job Jutten


Koos Kombuis

Singer-songwriter and author Koos Kombuis became famous as part of a group of maverick anti-establishment Afrikaans musicians who, under the name “Voëlvry” toured across South Africa in the 1980’s to “liberate Afrikaans from the shackles of its past”. Accompanied only by his acoustic guitar, his music is folky and raw, the lyrics often satirical and biting.  He has performed and collaborated with many renowned musicians, such as Vusi Mahlasela, Amanda Srydom, Syd Kitchen, Schalk Joubert and Stef Bos. Koos released his latest album, dertien, in 2012, departing slightly from his usual povocative ways to present songs with a spiritual theme, though still cutting and brutally honest in content. Koos will perform English and Afrikaans songs giving an overview of his repertoire at the 2012 Voorkamerfest.



Lounge Lizzie

Lizz Meiring,multi awardwinning  actress, theatre director, producer, author, presenter and dramatist, regards herself as a storyteller .

LOUNGE LIZZIE , is the celebration of stories,- some true, some really tall –short sketches of what happens in people’s lounges. It boasts an array of eccentric characters   bemoaning, bewitched, bedazzled and bemused by life’ s strange twists of fate. Humour, vivid imagination, pathos, satire, tragedy and vibrant originality make this a home visit not to be missed.



The red shoes - MATZER Theatre Productions

Credits: Written by Peter De Graef Directed by Madeleine Matzer Performed by Hanna Jansen Composed by Helge Slikker Costume design by Ilse Vermeulen Technical design by Job Jutten Translation by Hans Matzer Photography by Karin Jonkers

I get my red shoes out of my rucksack and I start dancing. I float, I fly, but I am not feeling totally happy, nor deeply contented… and yet I keep dancing until all other things disappear. I have turned into music.

Directed by Madeleine Matzer, actress Hanna Jansen tells the story of a little girl, who has nothing but the happiness she feels whilst dancing on her self-made red shoes. One day a limousine rides into her life. She exchanges her happiness for a better, richer life and she lets go of her red shoes. Only to find out afterwards that there is no way back for her.

Author Peter De Graef rewrote Hans Christian Andersen’s classic fairy tale and transformed it into a contemporary play, which now balances between a modern fairy tale and a recognizable story of how our own life is full of incessantly making plans.

In recent years MATZER also performed Sweet Revenge, 111 and Augustus during previous editions of Voorkamerfest.

This production was established with the support of: Fonds Podiumkunsten, Provincie Noord-Brabant, Gemeente ’s-Hertogenbosch, WesterToren Innovations, iKi Beer.




Mawonga Gayiya

Mawonga Gayiya is a talented young magician from the College of Magic in Cape Town. From Khayelitsha to Las Vegas, 20-year old Mawonga has developed his own fun and exciting style of magic that is both mystifying and engaging. Luzuko Bedi promises to astonish with his extraordinary feats of dexterity. His exuberant juggling act highlights his original take on this centuries-old artform. The College of Magic is a unique performance arts training institution which utilises innovative magic, juggling and drama training as part of its holistic educational programme. Young performers, many of whom are from disadvantaged backgrounds, experience the many benefits of these artistic endeavours which develops self-confidence, fine motor co-ordination, presentational and entrepreneurial skills.

College of Magic (007-517 NPO)
Website: www.collegeofmagic.com 


Michele Maxwell

The inimitable Michele Maxwell brings her dynamic mix of musical and acting skills to the Voorkamerfest this year.

As a musician she is one of South Africa’s top singer/ pianist, and has performed extensively both here and abroad. She has worked as a musical director; pianist with the Johannesburg national symphony orchestra; and done numerous cabarets and collaborative projects.

Her acting versatility ranges from comedy to serious dramatic roles and she has become a household name for her TV appearances in series such as ‘Fishy Feshuns’, ‘Isidingo’ (Bubbles), and most recently in ‘Scandal’ (Abigail).

She currently teaches music, drama and communication skills at the Rainbow Academy of the Arts, for young adults from disadvantaged backgrounds, she is also the Cape Town anchor for ‘Born to Sing’.
Her show will be glorious mix of original songs, musical theatre numbers, jazz, blues and stories of her travels.



The Magic Water


Heather Mac & Bridget Mc Carthy


Amber Parr on musical accompaniment.

The Magic Water was first adapted for stage by Heather Mac, Peter Susman and Bridget McCarthy in 1995. It is loosely based on a classic African folktale. Heather and Bridget bring you the updated version that is guaranteed to delight you and your children. The Magic Water is full of crazy characters, songs and dance.  It is a tale of greed, jealousy, love and forgiveness. This classic tale weaves a quality children’s theatre experience of sheer magic.

The Magic Water has toured schools and the original production was performed at the Grahamstown festival in 1996. The production will appeal to children from age 3-100. Bring your children and your inner child along to The Vookamerest!

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The Minnie & Johnson Show

South African darlings of the cabaret stage, Emile Minnie and Godfrey Johnson, will be joining forces and hands to bring you an evening of fun, humour and fabulous songs.

Fleur du Cap winner Godfrey Johnson and SAMA award nominee Emile Minnie will be performing raucous hits from the sixties to the naughties with just a piano, a clarinet and a wine glass for percussion. For that something extra they will be doing French love songs by Piaf and Brel, as well as an original Afrikaanse treffer or two.

Grab your handbag, your man purse or your moonbag and make your way to the Minnie and Johnson show!

Legwarmers optional.



Natasha van der Merwe
Hip Circle Middle Eastern Dance Studio

Cardamon, saffron, jasmine and rose, silk veils, sequence and jewels… 
'Hip Circle' will evoke the mystique of the Middle East, in the delightful town of Darling, through the mesmerizing art of Belly Dance.

Our desert dancers, Natasha van der Merwe and Rosemay Marx Botha, will entrance audiences with a celebration of the feminine, as they shimmy and undulate to an eclectic mix of middle eastern dance styles.



The Nomadic Orchestra

The Nomadic Orchestra is a five-piece instrumental dance band based in Cape Town. The primary goal of the Nomadic Orchestra is to get people moving. The band makes an infectious kind of high-energy dance music - even the most prudish find themselves unconsciously tapping their feet. The Nomadic Orchestra is strongly influenced by traditional music from the countries of South-Eastern Europe: Macedonia, Romania and Serbia. They are also influenced by Klezmer, gypsy and circus music as well as contemporary western party music. Their musical training brings a strong jazz aesthetic to the band, and thus an emphasis on improvisation. The music that the Nomads play is original and composed by members of the band.

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Peter Martens

dance on edges, cultivate quiet, ebb and flow, be transported...

In around 1720, Johan Sebastian Bach wrote 6 suites for unaccompanied cello. These works remain the pinnacle of unaccompanied cello music today and testimony to their greatness is the fact that over 100 printed editions of the sheet music have been published. Each suite is a set of five dance inspired movements, preceded by a prelude, and contrasting in character, creating an engaging listening experience throughout. Peter Martens, whose recent CD set of all Beethoven's cello sonatas received critical acclaim internationally, will perform the third of Bach's great Cello Suites preceded by a short explanation of the music for your listening pleasure!



Ronelda Kamfer

Ronelda Sonnet Kamfer spent her childhood years in a small Overberg town, Grabouw, her teens on the notorious cape flats and recently returned from a few month stay in Amsterdam, her poetry reflects her environment. She has published two books of poetry, Noudat slapende honde 20 (Eugene Marais award) and Grond/santekraam 2012 (Kanna and ATKV awards) both her books have been translated into Dutch. She is the mother of a one year old and married to Cape Times cartoonist Nathan Trantraal.



Shower Songs

A few years ago, eclectic musician Brendon Bussy and story teller Masha du Toit formed a domestic alliance, the purpose of which - to expose their taste in shower songs. A personal history of their unusual 'sing in the bath' favourites from 13th century Italian folk song to 21st century punk.

This year Voorkamer audiences will hear a performance spiced up, as always, with a few  surprises. All minimally arranged for mandolin and voice and perfectly suited to impassioned singing in steamy ambiances.



Shower Songs are:
Brendon Bussy (mandolin)
Masha du Toit (voice)


Sindiwe Magona

Come, “Grow” With Me!

Last year, Dr Sindiwe Magona was awarded the Presidential Order of Ikhamanga for her contribution to South African Literature. At this festival, she will take us on a journey of exploration of what it means to be a woman of her age and station in life, using her works: storytelling, biography, novels, short stories, plays and poems. “Forced to Grow” is Magona’s autobiography, following “To My Children’s Children”.


Stef Bos

Ik ga een half uur in de Omgekeerde tyd
Het leven terugspoelen
Als ware het een beeldband
En de wereld ook
In reverse
Tot alles samenkomt
In het paradijs
En daarna in een punt
Een knal
En verdwijnt
in een zalig niets


I'm half an hour in the Reverse
Life rewind
If it were a video tape
And the world also
In reverse
Until everything comes together
In paradise
And then placed in a point
A bang
And disappears
in a blissful nothing


Stoltz / Kerrod Duo

The Stoltz / Kerrod Duo, formed in 2010, is thrilled to be performing at the Voorkamerfest 2012!  They will be presenting works by J S Bach, De Falla, Saint-Säens and Darling’s celebrated composer, Hendrik Hofmeyr.

Flutist Liesl Stoltz, international prize winner and one of South Africa’s leading soloists and chamber musicians, is currently a Mellon Foundation postdoctoral fellow and teacher at UCT.

South African born harpist Jacqueline Kerrod resides in New York City with her husband, Marc Uys.  She has performed with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, American Ballet Theater and the New York Philharmonic and has performed as guest artist with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.

The Taffanel Trio

The “Taffanel Trio”, consisting of flute, clarinet and piano, brings to the 2012 Voorkamerfest the chamber music of French composer Florent Schmitt, as well as a trio by Hendrik Hofmeyr, recently composed for this group. In the latter work, Hofmeyr (South African composer, professor at the UCT College of Music, and resident of Darling), composes a soundscape of above-earthly colours, in which the flute’s lucid and shimmering tones contrast with the richness of the low register of the clarinet, woven together by subtle inter-dialogues with the piano. The third movement of this epic work serves as anchor in which dancing is heavy, yet released, and in which the waltz as a far-off memory is revisited. The trio, with instrumentalists Marietjie Pauw (flute), Annamarie Bam (clarinet) and Benjamin van Eeden (piano) have presented concerts since 2009, and continue to celebrate the local and international repertoire and tonal capacities of wind instruments in a piano trio format.


Tara Notcutt

Tara Notcutt graduated from UCT’s Drama Department in 2008, and has gone on to establish herself as a young and prolific director and theatre maker. Her directing work includes the internationally renowned "…miskien"; "Mafeking Road"; "The Three Little Pigs"; and Will Eno’s "Thom Pain". In 2011, she was invited to the Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab in New York City, and in 2009 received the Rosalie van der Gucht Prize for New Directors at the Fleur du Cap Awards, as well as a nomination at the Clover Aardklop Nasional Kunstefees, both for her direction of "…miskien". "The Florist" is her first one woman show. She likes long walks on the beach in the rain, watching foreign movies, and hopes to grow up one day. In the meantime, she will keep making plays.

tara louise notcutt | artistic director: the pink couch

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