26 & 27 August 2015
Venue: City Hall
Known throughout SA and abroad for her extraordinarily atmospheric wildlife and landscape paintings, Stokhuyzen, using her typical palette knife technique, captures the beauty of what she sees with an exceptional ability to highlight the colours, shapes and lines found in nature. Her paintings are astonishing interpretations, skillfully extracting the patterns that encompass the essence of the scene in front of her. The result is a truly fantastic visual feast of scintillating colours and symmetrical, recurring natural patterns, which radiate loudly with life, joy and the artist’s apparent love for the natural world.
Last weekend, the notion of ‘taking back the streets’ attracted hundreds of local residents who entered the brimming streets of Second Avenue to find their senses attacked by a miscellany of tastes, aromas, sights and colours from an eclectic array of locally sourced arts, crafts, food and beer.
The lamb on the spit braai was a foremost attraction to many a meat eater, and a virgin Pina Colada-esque concoction drunk straight from a coconut was the ideal thirst quencher. For the more conventional, meaty burgers, Thai food and sushi platters were readily available in mass quantities.
All the dancers adapt well to the way Paeper’s choreography infuses the ballet with Spanish style, with exaggerated epaulement, wrist circles and buckets of attitude. This is particularly evident in the high energy flamenco numbers during the Tavern and Bullring scenes, during which the dancers stamp, clap and even play the castanets. Germano Trovato deserves to be singled out for his great musicality and flare in the Bullring scene.