REwind is one of those stage productions you’ll hear people discussing in queues, co-workers commenting on ‘how magical and touching’ it was and a play that’s sure to make you kick yourself if missed it. Literally. REwind: A Cantata for Voice, Tape and Testimony is the brain child of Philip Miller – leading South African composer and winner of The Golden Horn for best film score for four consecutive years. Be sure to remember that name for name-dropping purposes later.
This amazing performance features soloists Sibongile Khumalo, Otto Maidi, Stéfan Louw and Nozuko Teto, along with the Cape Town Opera Voice of the Nation chorus and the Heavenly Voices chorus. Add a string octet led by Marian Lewin and the visual projections of Gerhard Marx to the mix and you’ve got a beautiful yet haunting production that will stay with you long after the curtain falls.
Blending opera with traditional South African idioms and audio samples from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission hearings, this piece captures the South African spirit in music and mind-boggling visual projections. The work includes voices of victims, resistance fighters and government oppressors of the Apartheid era, taking you on a musical journey through South Africa’s history. Conceived to mark the Tenth anniversary of South Africa’s post-apartheid Truth and Reconciliation Commission in April 2006, REwind makes one appreciate just how far we’ve come as a nation.
Described by the New York Times as ambitious and provocative, this cutting-edge combination of contemporary music and visual art is a must-see for anyone with an interest in South African new art.
“The Cantata brought together the cry of our country – our pain and fears, our hopes and especially our triumphs and joys in the way we as South Africans can best express these emotions-in music and song. It was a deeply moving, most powerful and uplifting experience. It is so much more than a concert. It is a wonderful vehicle for telling our history and a contribution to nation building.” –Desmond Tutu, Archbishop Emeritus