Korreltjie Kantel spreads its wings

Shany van den Berg

On Wednesday June 5, at 6.30pm for 7pm, 10 visual art works and a performance by three musicians and two actors will take place at GUS Art Gallery, Dorp Street, Stellenbosch, with Die Kind Het ‘n Reus Geword exhibition, auction and concert in aid of the Korreltjie Kantel tour to Netherlands and Belgium.

Korreltjie Kantel is a music theatre production that has been performed around the country since 2015. The production, ever-evolving and transforming, relays the love story between acclaimed South African poet Ingrid Jonker and André P Brink, renowned South African author.

Brink and Jonker’s two year fervent and tragic long-distance love affair is told, or rather expressed, by three musicians through their own individual interpretations of the poems of Jonker, Brink’s biography A Fork in the Road, the love letters between Jonker and Brink A Flame in the Snow, and Brink’s novel, The Ambassador.

Together Luna Paige, Nick Turner and Jamie Jupiter composed 10 songs for the production. These songs were later recorded and subsequently nominated for a South African Music Award. At the 2018 Woordfees the creators added the theatrical element.

Christine Truter and Wessel Pretorius, who utilises dialogue inspired by the lover’s letters and Brink’s biography, perform the theatrical production.

This fund-raising initiative aims to take the show on the road to Belgium and the Netherlands.

The visual artists have been asked to create artwork inspired by the songs as well as the material employed in the composition and the theatrical dialogue, and their work will be auctioned at the event.

The contributing artists are Marie Stander, Christiaan Diedericks, Hanneke Benade, Judy Woodborne, Lisette Forsyth, Ruan Huisamen, Louis Jansen van Vuuren, Antoinette Cloete Nel, Vernon Swart and Shany van den Berg.

The project will promote and introduce the work of a variety of South African artists and, importantly, will serve to expose a broader audience to Afrikaans language, culture and artistry.

The production will also contribute to strengthening the historical and cultural ties between South Africa, the Netherlands and Belgium as well as establishing relationships between cultural organisations, academic institutions, music theatre businesses and industry representatives.

Contact Luna Paige at Iluminar Productions. at lunapaigemusic@gmail.com