Things to do this weekend – 23 to 25 August 2019

This weekend sees the biggest art exhibition in Africa held in over a decade, the first-lady of SA blues/rock Andra makes her debut at Balboa Balcony Bar, learn how to swing dance in just a day and sweat off the winter rust at the Riebeek MTB and Trail Run. As always we bring you the best weekend happenings and activities in the Winelands.

ART

Why should I hesitate by William William Kentridge @Zeitz MOCAA and Norval Foundation – 24 August 2019

The largest exhibition to be held in Africa in over a decade by internationally acclaimed artist William Kentridge is set to open in Cape Town in August. The major exhibition of his work will be hosted simultaneously in two parts by Norval Foundation and the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz MOCAA), opening 24 August and running through to March 2020.

Why Should I Hesitate? Sculpture will be the first exhibition internationally to address Kentridge’s output as a sculptor and is a unique focus on this aspect of his practice. Covering several bodies of work, and testifying to his longstanding improvisation when handling three-dimensional form, this exhibition sees the origins of these works in props from his operas and images from his animations stepping off the stage and out of the screen, confronting us directly at ground level. Why Should I Hesitate? Sculpture will also premiere new works commissioned for this exhibition.

MUSIC

SU Chamber Choir & Cologne Cathedral Girls Choir@ Stellenbosch Konservatorium – 23 August 2019

Regarded as one of the most outstanding musical institutions of Germany’s cathedrals, the Cologne Cathedral Girls’ Choir, conducted by Oliver Sperling, visits South Africa for the first time since its inception in 1989. Their South African tour culminates with a performance in the Endler Hall.

The innovative programme selected for this concert encompasses new South African choral compositions, African traditional songs and works from the international choral repertoire.

The performance takes place in the Endler Hall at 8pm on Friday 23 August.

Tickets for R140 (regular) and R100 (students and pensioners) are available now through Computicket and at the door. For more information contact Fiona Grayer at concerts@sun.ac.za or 021 808 2358.

Andra Live @Balboa – 22 August 2019

It’s only fitting that this first-lady of SA blues/rock Andra makes her debut at Balboa Balcony Bar during Women’s Month.

Her husky, dramatic voice will be your souvenir of the evening. Her band of power females perfectly complement and harmonise with her ominous and unique sound. She’ll be unwrapping her own sound engineer and pulling out all the stops for this one, just to make sure Balboa remembers her for many years to come.

DANCE

Learn to Swing Dance in a Day! @Hot Yoga Studio – 25 August 2019

Every month, Boogie Back Dance Co. teaches a beginner-friendly workshop in swing dancing – no partner or experience required! Each month brings a new theme and set of material. For August, we are learning a classic solo jazz routine from the dancers of 1930s New York City called “Mama’s Stew” which is perfect for dancers of all levels! Check it out here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UsUMwGZyU6g

The workshop is 2 hours long – further details about what to expect and bring,  and booking info, on the Boogie Back website.

Riebeek MTB and Trail Run @ Riebeek Kasteel NG Church – 24 August 2019

The picturesque Riebeek Valley is the proud host to the annual Riebeek MTB & Trail Run event, a family outing not to be missed, only 45 minutes’ drive from Cape Town. This popular cycling event takes place in mid-August every year at Riebeek Kasteel in aid of specific charity organisations (NGO’s) in the Riebeek Valley.