Siphenathi Mayekiso PICTURE: Nick Aldridge & Brett Bailey

Constellations: The Garden of Good and Evil, provides an extraordinary theatrical encounter under starry skies, from November 3 to November 18, at Spier Wine Farm.

Presented by Third World Bunfight, and directed by Brett Bailey, this unique cultural experience takes place in the forested wilderness at Spier, where atmospheric encounters await in the dark woods under a starlit sky.

This is the fourth iteration of Constellations, a series of intimate encounters that beautifully connect performers, spectators and total strangers in an intriguing way. In Constellations: The Garden of Good and Evil, Bailey has given each of the performers a whimsical, somewhat twisted character to interpret: a singer who lives in a bush in the belief that she’s an insect; a woman who reads stories to the ashes of the husband she murdered; a sensitive poet who lost his marbles in the mall.

Artists this year include singer and musician Moodship (akA Gary Thomas); indigenous instrumentalist Sky Dlala; singer, songwriter and composer Laurie Levine; improviser and writer Megan Choritz; physical theatre performer Siphenathi Mayekiso; Belgian storyteller Gaetan Schmid; dance artist Gita Galina, and interdisciplinary performance artist Mthuthuzeli Zimba.

Small groups will follow their Guides along riverside trails at nightfall to visit six sites lit by campfires and lanterns; extraordinary 15 minute solo performances by a diverse group of artists who will deliver surreal, unforgettable experiences brought to life through beautiful music, song and haunting tales.

The performances start at 7pm, and tickets for the two-hour event cost from R250 to R375, and include a glass of Spier wine on arrival.

Visit the Webtickets portal to find out more about the cheese and charcuterie platter options, and note that walking shoes are recommended for the riverside trails. No under 16s.

For more information, visit www.spier.co.za