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NYMPH KELLERMAN (1958 - )
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Nymph Kellerman has been in the Performing arts since the 70's as a formal singer and actress. Her singing career included touring with the British singing couple anne Ziegler and Webster Booth for a couple of years, performing in a variety of operettes, musicals and recitals. as a freelance singer she sang in operas such as Samson and Delilah (Saint Saens), Carmen (Bizet) and understudied Joan Carlyle as Mimi in La Boheme (Puccini). In Johannesburg she performed under the baton of conductor andre Strydom, and sang the lead in oratorios such as Pergolesi's Stabat Mater and Handel's Messiah, Mendellsohn's Elijah (mezzo part). She joined the SaBC as music director in the 80's and produced a variety of musicals and music videos for over ten years. Her acting career included romantic leads in stage productions such as "ai tog die vroumense", "Sakke vol geld", "Die drie van der Walts", "Die ligblou vaas" and for television she performed in "Klagstaat" for Dirk de Villiers and "Die ryk weduwee" for Jan Prinsloo. Her freelance radio career included various drama series under direction of Robert Young, Paul Eilers and Jan Prinsloo. at present she is artistic Director for the newly founded Something Magic Theatre Organisation.
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Cry Of Winnie Mandela
Cry Of Winnie Mandela
On the back cover of the novel we read:: Ndebele portrays four women whose lives have been spent waiting for their men to return, like Odysseus' 'Penelope. They question themselves and each other about why they waited and what this waiting did to them. This leads them to imaginary conversations with Winnie Mandela, the most famous South african woman who waited for 27 years for her husband. In this groundbreaking work, Ndebele uses fiction to present a powerfully moving exploration of the experiences of black South african women. He blurs the borders between fiction and fact, between the novel, the biography and the essay. In the process he shows us aspects of South africa and of ourselves that we have never looked at before. It is a remarkable achievement by one of South africa's most talented writers." The Music Drama takes place in a waiting room anywhere in South africa where the main characters wait for a bus to Durban. While waiting, they exchange life-stories. The music is an african instrumental ensemble with instruments that play distinctive roles to distinguish the personalities of the characters. The african contemporary instrumental ensemble consists of Djembe membrane drums, wooden slit drums, bass membrane drums, bells, shakers and musical bows. The work portrays africa in its totality, a rawness from the heart of africa and its sincere depth of ripeness. The audience will leave the theatre with an accurate and touchy african experience.
The Music Drama "The cry of Winnie Mandela" is based on A novel by Prof. Njabulo Ndebele (Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cape Town). It was Adapted for the stage by Nymph Kellerman And the music was composed by Prof. Meki Nzewi for the University of Pretoria. Stage directing is done by Nymph Kellerman, Meki Nzewi And Jan Prinsloo, choreography by Kenneth Mmekwa.
City Hall, Pretoria, South africa 12 Mar 2010
Something Magic Theatre Organisation
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