Win 8 tickets to acclaimed cabaret

Godfrey Johnson in a promotional shot for Vaslav, headed for Durban in May.

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BY BILLY SUTER

A ONE-MAN cabaret nominated for three Fleur du Cap Awards in 2015, directed by the widely acclaimed Lara Bye and starring excellent singer-pianist Godfrey Johnson, is headed for the Durban Rhumbelow Theatre, in Umbilo’s Cunningham Road, from May 29.

The production is the 65-minute Vaslav, scheduled for four Durban performances – at 7.30pm on Wednesday and Thursday, May 29 and 30; 8pm on Friday, May 31; and 2pm on Sunday, June 2.

Harnessing the potential of three arts-in-one, Vaslav sees Johnson igniting the spirit of legendary dancer Vaslav Nijinsky in a celebration of the power of sheer performance.

The show has been hailed by critics and audiences alike, with demand for this one-person play extending theatrical runs on more than one occasion.

Godfrey Johnson is said to deliver an astonishing performance, seamlessly piloting his audiences across the vast plains of a Europe at war with itself, as experienced by the one man to have ever caused a riot through dancing: the elusive icon of both the Imperial Russian ballet and the Western avant garde, Vaslav Nijinsky.

Seen as both genius and curiosity, Vaslav Nijinsky remains an intriguing figure today, with numerous biopics and biographies shedding light on this revolutionary of the dance.

Powerful in this respect alone, Nijinsky’s inner world could be as disruptive and spectacular as his animalistic choreography suggests

 Vaslav has been described as an extreme portrait of our humanity, drawing much from the diaries Nijinsky kept over the six weeks of his treatment in a mental asylum, being one of the first individuals to have received the psychiatric diagnosis of schizophrenia.

A rare document revealing the fragile borders that define our sanity, Vaslav marries the dancer and the mental patient with the social and cultural upheavals of a world struggling with its own borders.

A unique integration of cabaret, one-person show and classical theatre, Vaslav is the creation of Johnson and Bye, based on a text written by the pair, and writer Karen Jeynes.

The power of this play makes the highest demands of its performer, and earned Johnson nominations at the Fleur du Cap Awards for Best Actor in a Musical, Best Performance in a One-Person Show and Best Composer.

The play is a choreography of dialogue, music and movement, with Johnson drawing on the works of Stravinksy, Rachmaninov, Tchaikovsky, Debussy, Satie and his own compositions, weaving the magic of this world directly from the piano.

Since its debut at the Grahamstown Festival in 2014, Vaslav has elicited powerful praise from audiences and critics alike, and has received invitations from producers in Sweden and Canada,

Tickets cost R150 (R130 for pensioners and students with a valid student card) and booking is at Computicket or by phoning Roland at 082 499 8636.

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Care to put yourself in line to win eight tickets to the 7.30pm, Friday, May 29, opening performance of Vaslav, at the Umbilo branch of the Rhumbelow Theatre, in Cunningham Road?

You simply have to be a follower of the SoSuterBill site to win.  At no cost.

If you are not already a follower, simply leave your email address in the space provided towards the end of the cover page of this site, sosuterbill.com

You will then be a follower, and receive email notification whenever I file a new story.

Once you have subscribed (there is no cost), send your NAME and PHONE NUMBER via email (NOT THIS SITE’’S CONTACT FORM) to sosuterbill@gmail.com and place the words ‘VASLAV SHOW’ in the subject field. 

Note that the competition closes at 5pm on Sunday, May 5, and the winner will be contacted soon after. 

NOTE: PLEASE READ ENTRY DETAILS CAREFULLY AS SOME PEOPLE ARE ENTERING COMPETITIONS INCORRECTLY.

ALSO NOTE THAT ONLY ONE ENTRY PER SUBSCRIBER WILL BE CONSIDERED.

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