Opinion piece about tributes – My View by Robyn Sassen

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Robyn Sassen

A freelance arts writer since 1998, I fell in love with the theatre as a toddler, proved rubbish as a ballerina: my starring role was as Mrs Pussy in Noddy as a seven-year-old, and earned my stripes as an academic in Fine Arts and Art History, in subsequent years. I write for a range of online and print publications, including the Sunday Times, the Mail & Guardian and artslink.co.za and was formerly the arts editor of the SA Jewish Report, a weekly newspaper with which I was associated for 16 years.
Robyn Sassen

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THE LAST SEVERAL months of this year have seen an unprecedented number of deaths in South Africa’s arts community, from popular crossover musician and anthropologist Johnny Clegg, to opera star Sidwill Hartman, theatre giant Nomhle Nkonyeni and great artist David Koloane. The world has lost the special talents of hard rock great, Piet Botha, balladeer Tony Bird and dancer/choreographer Owen Manamela-Mogane. Wonderful South African poet Harry Kalmer is no longer with us; neither is fashion writer Adam Levin, sculptor Willem Strydom or designer Tebogo Mwase. We are all the poorer for these enormous losses.

And one cannot weigh the importance of a writer over a composer, a theatre director over a performer; a person who died in their 30s over one who died in their 90s. Each loss is a body blow to this generation. My View undertakes to write a tribute to each loss the arts community in this country has suffered over the last several months, but such a project, reaching back to the…

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