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The National Theatre brings another Greek tragedy to the stage at the Abbey, following the acclaimed production of ‘Medea’ starring Fiona Shaw. Euripides’ ‘Iphigenia at Aulis’ is a powerful examination of nationalism and the price of war, told through the eyes of one family and their eldest daughter, Iphigenia. This contemporary production will be directed by Katie Mitchell, whose work includes ‘The Phoenician Women’ for the Royal Shakespeare Company and the critically acclaimed production of ‘The Oresteia’ at the Royal National Theatre in London.
More than a beautiful ballet, ‘The Nutcracker’ is an extraordinary holiday tradition shared by every generation. Featuring every bit of splendor one would expect, the Philadelphia Ballet’s performance of George Balanchine’s masterpiece is a true holiday treasure. From the dancing Nutcracker Prince and his battling toy soldiers to the fleet of mice and their Mouse King, The Nutcracker brings holiday spirit and fantasy each and every year.
Natty-dressing Canto-pop star Aaron Kwok has been getting fit for this series of 16 consecutive concerts. He needed to – despite having a fondness for wearing suits on stage, his dance routines are high energy and bound to have his legion of female followers in a froth. Musically, expect a run through of all his hits over the past five years including soppy love songs and some more predictable dance numbers.
Moby has provided the soundtrack to much of Y2K. Singles culled from ‘Play’ have topped the charts throughout the world, and snippets are heard everywhere, from slick car ads to the ‘X-Files’. Now the chirpy New York musician, surprised but unfazed by sudden global stardom, is on the Rome leg of a triumphal European tour. ‘Play’, with its exhaustive range of samplings and gizmos, might seem the ultimate studio album but Moby and crew do a creditable job of producing a quality live act.
The reek of aging paper and incense that assails you upon entry is a tip-off that this is no Johnny-come-lately comics-and-collectibles joint. It took A&M owners Jorge Perez and Richard Cortina years to accumulate the hillocks of trading cards, graphic novels, paperbacks and model Millennium Falcons that teeter precariously on top of the rows of DC and Marvel back issues. Whether you’re into the gritty ‘Spawn’, the lyrical ‘Sandman’ or the campy ‘Betty & Veronica’, you’ll find it here.
Ardent painter and water-colour artist Mary Hume exhibits a remarkable collection of paintings and sketches. Mostly depicting buildings and homes, her work provides enlightening glimpses into a Johannesburg of old. For over 20 years, Mary scoured the city sketching and painting every type of building from slums to architectural masterpieces. This promises to be a nostalgic experience for many especially as a few of the sites depicted have changed dramatically.