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Can you feel it? … the hottest Naledi Theatre Awards are only a week away: the ceremony takes place at the Joburg Theatre on Monday, May 20.
The Naledi offices are buzzing with a dynamic intensity, with only a week to go until the 15th Annual Naledi Award Ceremony. The Joburg Theatre is humming, the incredible team from Splitbeam are moving into the wonderful Mandela Theatre preparing to create the most spectacular Naledi Awards event to date. Behind the scenes Edith Venter and her team at Edith Unlimited are busy allocating designated seating for the guests and media, answering queries and generally sorting out the front of house.
Dawn Lindberg is now fully focused on the show itself, bringing together state of the art technology, the very best entertainment that graced our stages in 2018 and a hugely talented and star-studded line-up of presenters. “The Naledi audiences manage to see excerpts from the very best of the best entertainment that in ordinary circumstances would never be able to be staged in one evening,” says Lindberg. She continues: “The Naledis are all about showcasing excellence in theatre, and with the entertainment lined up for this year’s awards, we certainly will see that excellence.”
Having mingled with stars of stage and screen and having rubbed shoulders with the movers and shakers in South African theatre, Naledi guests will be treated to an evening of great entertainment.
“I hope I get it” from Chorus Line, performed by 40 students of Oakfields College; “Naughty” from Matilda (performed by all three talented Matildas), “Sugar Daddy” from Hedwig and the Angry Inch, performed by nominee Paul du Toit, “Call me Al” from a brand new musical, Here’s to You, The Simon and Garfunkel Songbook, and the cast of The Color Purple round out the musical acts. “Blue Bird” pas de deux from Joburg Ballet’s Sleeping Beauty, “Snap” choreographed by Gladys Agulhas and aerial ballet, performed by Taz Falconer suspended from a 3-meter-high chandelier, provide incredible entertainment showcasing a large spectrum of dance. Our guests will also be delighted to see Percy Mtwa and Mbongeni Ngema reprise the opening scene from “Woza Albert”, and the evening ends with Tribhangi Dance Company’s “Circles and Squares”, an innovative amalgam of traditional Zulu dance and classical Indian movement.
“This year our In Memorium section, which honours those beloved colleagues whom we have lost over the last year, will be accompanied by the legendary Pops Mohamed on mbira and kora harp, “ says Dawn Lindberg, “and to help welcome guests in the foyer we have a full marimba band from Sibikwa Arts academy.”
“Every year, The Naledi Theatre Awards, honours those South Africans who have made a very special contribution to the arts landscape, and this year is no exception,” according to Lihan Pretorius, Executive Director of the Naledis. “The Innovation in Theatre Award” goes to Gladys Agulhas, the “Lifetime Achievement Award” goes jointly to husband and wife team Letta Mbulu and Caiphus Semenya, and the “Lesedi Spirit of Courage Award” goes to Calvin Ratladi.
The Naledi Theatre Awards are also thrilled to present Dr John Kani with the prestigious “World Impact Award”, a fitting tribute to a long and unstoppable career in the performing arts both in South Africa and abroad.
Throughout the evening the audience will be hosted by award-winning stars of television and stage, Sne Dladla and Bianca Le Grange. Getting you in the mood (for the evening that is) will be Mark Banks. Along the way Fiona Ramsey, Josias “Dos” Moleele, Levi Maron, Yamikani Mahaka-Phiri, Vatiswa Ndara, Matthew Counihan, Jaques Da Silva, Andre Schwartz, Leila Hendricks, Dorothy-Ann Gould, Renos Spanoudes, Zwai Bala, Abigail Kubeka, David Dennis, Sello Maake Ka-Ncube, Kgomotso Christopher, Des Lindberg, Neka Da Costa, Khutjo Green, and many more celebs and theatre luminaries will grace the stage to present awards.
After the awards there will be plenty of time to mingle with the star-studded casts, old and new friends and colleagues you haven’t seen for ages.
So, can you feel it, the excitement, the anticipation, the sheer spectacle that is the most prestigious theatre awards in southern Africa, the Naledis?
The 2019 Naledi Theatre Awards event for productions staged during 2018: Monday 20 May 2019 on the Mandela Stage @ the Joburg Theatre
Please see our website www.naleditheatreawards.com