Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Contributions needed for SA Dance Book & Auditions Coming Up

Dear Readers

Quite a bit happening around Durban.

For starters Pansa is calling for contributions for a new South African Dance Book:

PANSA is pleased to announce that it will be producing a coffee table book of South African dance. With this in mind, we are making a call for contributions of both text and photos. Your voluntary contributions to this historic venture will be greatly appreciated, and acknowledged in the book.

So, if you have any of the following, please send it in because we would like an opportunity to consider it for inclusion in the book. Content we are looking for includes, but is not limited to:
  • written contributions, in the form of history of dance organisations, anecdotes of leading personalities, brief biographies of important and ground-breaking dance practitioners, reviews of major productions, or any similar written content,
  • High-resolution digital images of dancers, choreographers, or dance productions,
  • insights into the history of contemporary dance in SA, important milestones and personalities, or any other content that you think might be relevant.
All photographs, paragraphs and contributions of another nature will be acknowledged in the book. So pull out your photographs, old or new, of personal and professional dance and dancers for possible inclusion in this historic publication. While we cannot guarantee that every photograph or line of text will be included, all contributions will be treated with honour and accorded the care and attention they deserve.

Important legal stuff
By sending the images and/or text to us for inclusion in the book, you warrant that:
1. You are the owner of the complete copyright and all other rights in the material submitted.
2. The content submitted does not infringe any existing copyright or any licence or any other right of any person, organisation or company.
3. The material submitted does not contain plagiarised, obscene or objectionable material or anything of a libellous or scandalous character.
If the content submitted does not belong to you, or is subject to copyright by some other body, you provide full details of such person or organisation to enable us to contact them for permission to use the content.

Please email contributions to
Deadline: 18 January 2013.

(Source - Pansa) 

Auditions - Man International

Damon Beard is looking for more Male Dancers and Singers for 2013

For more details go to
and click on Join The Show

(Source - Damon Beard) 

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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Film Review - Skyfall

Special treat for You Dear Reader

A Film Review of the new 007 Film - Skyfall

Director - Sam Mendes
Cast - Daniel Craig, Javier Bardem, Judi Dench, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Berenice Marlohe

In this film we join James Bond (Daniel Craig) on assignment and no surprise he is chasing someone.
Only this time he has an assistant, Eve (Naomie Harris).

Look out for a wonderful opening sequence and the beautiful music of Adele.

This time James Bond faces a different type of villain, the mysterious and evil Silva. (Javier Bardem, No Country For Old Men).
Keep an eye out for his entrance and opening line.  It really is brilliant.

Along the way Bond has to deal with a new mysterious government official (Ralph Fiennes) and of course there is a new Q.  Quite a interesting version this time.  All the gadgets are there, special effects and brilliant writing, editing and directing that you would expect from a Bond film.

I must say I thoroughly enjoyed this film.  From start to finish.  You hardly notice the time go by.
There are some wonderful scenes.  Bardem is in fine form as is Craig.

Rating 10/10

Trailer of Skyfall

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Monday, December 10, 2012

Castings and Entertainment News around SA

Greetings Dear Readers, if you are a Actor there are loads of opportunities for you around
South Africa.  Here are just some of them along with some entertainment news:

1. West Side Story audition in Durban
The Playhouse Company, Durban, by arrangement with DALRO, announces auditions for the production of West Side Story in Durban during November and December 2013.

Please note the following criteria:
1. The production calls for classically trained dancers, singers and actors.
2. Previous professional experience in musical theatre is essential
3. Ladies need to bring high heel dance shoes and MUST be able to dance in these
4. Proficiency in different accents is an advantage.
5. Please bring a headshot and full length photograph, as well as a resume to your audition.
6. ALL artists to arrive by 8:30am to register and to be available ALL day. The dance audition starts at 9am. Singing and acting auditions to follow from this.

Closing date for audition bookings is midday on Tuesday, 11 December 2012.

Audition information is available on the PANSA website, click here

2. Casting Call
Bubblegum is a TV production company based in Greenpoint, Cape Town, currently recording a new children's storytelling TV series. The show is English language, and aimed at ages 3 to 6.

We are searching for a voice actor to be the narrator for this series - Black, male, ideally with a "cool uncle" voice.
If you are interested, please email Rozie at before Friday the 14th of December, to set up a voice audition.

3. Call for entrepreneurs

The Western Cape Government’s number one priority is to grow the economy. A growing economy means more jobs. And that’s where you come in. We believe innovative, enterprising entrepreneurs like you deserve special recognition for the work you do. So, enter The Entrepreneurship Recognition Awards today.
Visit for categories, terms and conditions.

Emerging Business
Established Business
Social Enterprises
Export Business
Best Student Business Idea

Special awards:
Green Initiatives

Entries close 20 December 2012.

4. Chief Executive Officer: JOBURG CITY THEATRES
The City of Johannesburg, as part of its Institutional Review, resolved that Joburg Theatre (SOC) Ltd and Roodepoort City Theatre NPC t/a Joburg Promusica be integrated into a single theatre management company to be known as Joburg City Theatres. This new Municipal Entity of the City of Johannesburg will render the functions and services that, until now, have been rendered separately by these two theatres. It will also institutionalise the operation of the newly established Soweto Theatre. Therefore, the Chief Executive Officer of Joburg City Theatres will be responsible for the operations of Joburg Theatre (formerly the Johannesburg Civic Theatre), Roodepoort City Theatre and Soweto Theatre.

The Head Office of Joburg City Theatres will be based at Joburg Theatre in Braamfontein.

Closing date and time: 16:00 on Monday 14 January 2013. Full advert is available on the PANSA website, click here

(Source - Pansa)

Thursday, December 6, 2012

We Interview Health and Fitness Guru @LisaRaleighSA

Greetings readers.

This week we interview the lady who knows everything about health, wellness and fitness, Lisa Raleigh.

1. What fitness tips do you have for business people?

Do what you can with what you got from where you are. Never stop. Take the exercise with you.

2. It's the silly season what tips do you have for us so we don't eat too much?

Use a balanced approach. Moderation is key, find different ways to exercise. Pick one meal a day and have what you like.

3. We see you doing inserts on the Dr Michael Mol show and on the Expresso show what do you do there?

We show the latest trends, lifestyle, fitness news, we start filming again soon.

4. We hear you have a new product out called @HealthboxSA what is that?

It's a solution for people wanting lifestyle changes. We deliver to your door. Wellness delivered.

5. What advice do you have for entrepreneurs, seeing as you are one yourself?

Follow your passion, it's hard work, you work long hours. It's fun, it involves sacrifice.

Love what you do.

6. How do you use social media.

I love Twitter. I'm a Twitter addict.

I have someone who does my announcements and the rest is me.

I have also just started on Pinterest.

Social media has opened doors for me
like the show.

I tweeted people and asked them to be on the show.

Lisa Raleigh is a health, wellness and fitness expert.

You can tweet her on @LisaRaleighSA
Find out more about Healthbox at @HealthboxSA

Article by @fredfelton

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Auditions and Arts News Around Town

Auditions and Arts News Around Town

West Side Story Audition (JHB)  
The Playhouse Company, Durban, by arrangement with DALRO, announces auditions for the production of West Side Story in Durban during November and December 2013.

The Playhouse Company is pleased to present West Side Story during the festive season in 2013. Auditions for this popular musical will begin in Johannesburg in December 2012.
Closing date for audition bookings is midday on Monday, 3 December 2012.

More information and audition rules are available on the PANSA website, click here

Call for a three year NAC arts funding
Call for a three year arts organisation support funding (2012/2013 -2015/2016)

The National Arts Council (NAC) is inviting registered arts organisations and companies active in the disciplines of Music, Theatre, Dance, Multi-discipline, Craft, Visual Arts and Literature to apply for the three year Arts Organisation Support Funding formerly known as Company Funding.

Closing date: 14 December 2012
Outcomes: 25 March 2013

Full article is on the PANSA website, click here

Call for Residency Application: African Writers
Sylt Foundation calls all writers of contemporary African literature to apply for the two month African Writer's Residency.

Call for Applications for Residency: African Literary Writers

The Sylt Foundation calls all writers of contemporary African literature to apply for the two month African Writer's Residency, offered as part of the Sylt Foundation Residency Programme. One residency will be awarded annually to African writers who have published literary works of poetry, prose, plays and novels.

Deadline for application submission is by 4pm Friday 15 February 2013

- Announcement and notification of 5 shortlisted finalists 1 April 2013
- Announcement of Residency Award Winner 1 June 2013
- Residency to be taken up from June 2013 - 2014

No late applications will be considered. Applications will be kept confidential.

Full article is available on the PANSA website, click here


What You Laughing At?This hot property comedy entertainment runs at Durban's Catalina Theatre on
Wilson's Wharf until 2 December 2012

Tickets cost for What You Laughing At? are R70 (discounts for pensioners and
students/kids at R50). To book call 031 305 6889, 071 896 6998 or 083 347
9610 or book online:

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The Durban Theatre Awards

Theatre awards time is here again and this year we reach double figures! - the tenth annual awards evening of The Mercury Durban Theatre Awards takes place at 19:30 on Monday 03 December 2012 at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre.

Booking is through Computicket. Full article is available on the PANSA website, click here
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Flatfoot dances at the Stable Theatre
The Stable Theatre in association with the Flatfoot Dance Company presents "utalagu/horizon" from December 6 to 9.

The show has choreography by Sifiso 'Kitsona' Khumalo and features drummers Mandla Matsha and Njabulo Shabalala.

Tickets are R50 for adults and R30 for scholars, students and pensioners and are available at the door from one hour before performance starts, and through prior booking via 082 875 6065.

Full article is available on the PANSA website, click here 

Source - Pansa