MICHAL-MARÉ LINDEN: Curlitzia and Vividus Men both claimed the title of Serenade National champions in the women’s and men’s division respectively on Saturday. Curlitzia and Vividus Men represented UP as winners of the university’s leg of the national competition.
This year’s finalists comprised of the ladies and men Serenade winners from UP, the University of Johannesburg (UJ), the University of the Free State (Kovsies), North-West University (Pukke) and Stellenbosch University (Maties).
Curlitzia have represented Tuks at nationals for the past three years but their car guard theme and refined harmonies managed to secure them the win this year. Soetdoring from Kovsies placed second and Francie van Zijl from Maties placed third.
LIZL LOMBAARD: Verna Vels, author of Liewe Heksie, died on the evening of 21 August. Vels was 81 years old and suffered from cancer.
Liewe Heksie started out as a radio series for children in 1961, featuring a naïve witch of the same name. The series was later adapted for print and the first book was published in 1965 by Human & Rousseau publishers. It was later developed into a TV series which was first broadcast in 1978. Vels also wrote plays about the little witch for the KKNK and the UP drama department in celebration of their 30thanniversary.
MICHAL-MARÉ LINDEN: Curlitzia and Vividus Men were crowned the Tuks Serenade winners at the annual Serenade Gala evening hosted by Stuku last Friday night. The Musaion played host to the eight finalists as they each performed one last time before the winners were announced. Boekenhout, Olympus, Sonop, Vividus Men, Curlitzia, Erika, Magrietjie and Vividus Ladies qualified for the final on Thursday through the marks they obtained in the prelims last week.
The gala evening started off with Olympus. Their song selection, which included Ed Sheeran’s “I see fire” and Bastille’s “Things we lost in the fire” reflected their firemen theme well. Olympus also made thoughtful use of firemen-related props, such as a ladder, that were later used as percussion instruments.
ELMARIE KRUGER: The 21st annual Kaskarfees took place at NG Universiteitsoord on Friday 25 July. It was an evening of sweat, smiles and sore legs as res-dwellers showed up in large numbers to either take part in the event or to offer support from the sidelines.
Residences had to complete time trials to determine the order in which they would compete during the race. Magrietjie and Boekenhout achieved the fastest times during the time trials in the ladies’ and men’s categories respectively and set off first. The ladies’ residences faced tough competition with Magrietjie managing to stay in the lead. Magrietjie finished first in the race, while Klaradyn and Madelief placed second and third respectively.
ELLEN HEYDENRYCH: On Saturday 26 July, the closing night of its Grahamstown run, the Rhodes University theatre production Solo was in high demand. Rhodes University’s Box Theatre filled to capacity, with many audience members sitting on the steps and floor to be a part of what many have been calling a theatre masterpiece.
Devised and directed by Masters student Hannah Lax, Solo has been the talk of the town since it debuted at the National Arts Festival earlier this month. Evocative, poignant and heart-wrenching, the piece deals with life, death and the in-between. By telling the story of a mother who loses her daughter to the ocean, Lax’s work explores what it is to be engulfed by waves of grief and mourning.
TIISETSO TSOSANE: While everybody was getting ready for a fresh semester TuksDance was preparing to present Life of an Artist at the 2014 Krêkvars Festival.
On 24 and 26 July TuksDance presented an outstanding performance at Masker Theatre. Life of an Artist is a performance in which an artist’s thoughts are expressed through different dances.
MICHAL-MARÉ LINDEN: Tuks Camerata were announced as the winners of the Mixed Youth Choir category at the World Choir Games in Riga, Latvia on 12 July. The choir achieved a mark of 95.25% to claim first place in their category. Tuks Camerata also placed second in the Scenic Folklore category with a difference of 1% between themselves and the winners, the Student Choir of Nankai University in China. The World Choir Games is a bi-annual event which is now in its eighth year. The competition sees approximately 2 700 participants in 460 choirs from 73 different countries taking part.
Tuks Camerata weren’t avaliable for comment on their achievement.
LIZL LOMBAARD: Krêkvars 2014 marks the start of a new direction for the student arts festival. Hosted annually by the UP drama department, Krêkvars is a platform for theatre students and other theatre practitioners to showcase their art. It isn’t limited to traditional drama but also gives artists a chance to present experimental work.
The shows this year dealt with a wide variety of themes including gender, religion, race and romantic relationships. A wide variety of genres including drama, comedy, musicals, children’s theatre, physical theatre and dance were also presented.
CHRISTINA SCHILD: The Great Field has been closed off and exams forgotten; the National Arts Festival is just around the corner. Being the 40th year anniversary, the official programme may be bursting, but there is equally as much on offer in terms of the ‘town’ programme. From classic comedic acts to face-melting music, be prepared to go big this year.
Here is a personal run-down of our recommended events and the best of Fest.
MICHAL-MARÉ LINDEN: Curlitiza and Sonop took first place at this year’s Serrie finals. The finals were held on 19 May and residences performed for judges in both the Amphitheatre and Aula.
Six men’s and six ladies’ residences took part in the final but it was Curlitzia with their lifeguard theme and Sonop, who presented a unique 1900s Bohemian Paris-themed performance, that beat out the competition.