The Alchemy of Words will be touring Southern Africa in September and October
After the premier at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown in May, The Alchemy of Words will be touring Southern Africa - Durban, Maseru, Johannesburg, Cape Town, Maputo and Sasolburg !
This multi-media performance about the life and work of French poet Arthur Rimbaud combines sand animation, live animation, music and puppetry.
I am now making myself as scummy as I can. Why? I want to be a poet, and I am working and turning myself into a seer....The idea is to reach the unknown by the derangement of all the senses. It involves enormous suffering but one must be strong and be born a poet... - Arthur Rimbaud, 1871.
Arthur Rimbaud (1854-1894), the ’enfant terrible’ of French poetry published his first immortal poem at the age of 16 only to completely abandon writing poetry at the age of 21. During this short period he managed to create a body of work that has had a profound impact on the poetry of his own time and on that of the 20th Century. André Breton, Dylan Thomas, Jack Kerouac, Bob Dylan, Patti Smith and Jim Morrison are some of the artists and musicians that have been influenced by his writing. Who is this leterary pioneer and creative genius who continues to receive letters from fans all over the world even 123 years after his death?
In The Alchemy of Words, three artists - a puppeteer, a filmmaker and a musician - search to capture the enigma of Arthur Rimbaud and what it means to be a pioneer. Ecpect an immersive experience that combines sand animation, puppetry and live music inspired by the diverse imagery from his poems - smoke filled battlefields, the lush countryside of the French Ardennes, colorful vowels, grey cityscapes, crimson seas...The performance will be followed by a projection of a collection of Naomi van Niekerk’s animated short films. Master classes on shadow theatre, sound and puppet manipulation will also be offered to diferent audiences throughout the tour.
"Naomi van Niekerk’s ethereal production The Alchemy of Words can best be described as a symphony of pure creativity. The performance traverses a spontaneous, surreal landscape through a plethora of mediums, immersing the audience in a powerful tribute to seminal French poet Arthur Rimbaud" Yasthiel Devraj, Cue Media - read the article
The Alchemy of Words will be touring in Cape Town on October 5th and 6th 2017 at Theatre Arts Admin Collective.
Durban : 21 -22 September (Seabrooke’s Theatre)
Maseru : 25 September (Alliance Française de Maseru)
Johannesburg : 28 September - 1 Octobre (Market Theatre Laboratory)
Maputo : 11 October (CCFM)
Sasolburg : 14 -15 October (Etienne Rousseau Theatre)
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