Listening to the Image

The 7th edition of the Johannesburg International Mozart Festival will run from 24 January to 8 February 2015. This year’s theme, Masquerade, will see a variety of concerts, workshops, master-classes and collaborations which explore the phenomenon of masks and disguises as well as artistic and human identities in a wider sense. Featuring world renowned artists and ensembles, including Sir James Galway, Melvyn Tan and the Zurich Chamber Orchestra, the JIMF also provides a platform for a number of interdisciplinary projects incorporating dance, film and visual arts; and specifically placing great emphasis on educational initiatives for young South African musicians.

As part of the 2015 Johannesburg International Mozart Festival, The Goethe-Institut supports a multidisciplinary collaboration between three emerging young South African Composers and photographer-artist, Lebohang Kganye. Composers Antoni Schonken, Matthew Dennis and Diale Peter-Daniel Mabitsela were each invited to conceptualise and create a new composition in response to Kganye’s photography series entitled Ke Lefa Laka. Curator Mika Conradie, composer-in-residence for the 2015 JIMF, Peter Klatzow, and Jeanne Zaidel-Rudolph were tasked with facilitating the collaborations between composers and photographer, and to guide this process towards the presentation of the 3 new performances, which will consist of live musical performances by a Quintet Ensemble and projected photographic material. The performances will be presented at the Goethe-Institut on 31 January 2015 as part of the 2015 Johannesburg International Mozart Festival. The performances will be followed by a panel discussion with the photographer and the composers.

Goethe Gallery and Auditorium address: 119 Jan Smuts Avenue, Parkwood

Admission: Free

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About the JIMF

Originally organised in 2006 in commemoration of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s 250th birthday anniversary, the Johannesburg International Mozart Festival has developed into a highly successful and well-loved annual classical music event, with popular conductor Richard Cock at the helm as Music Director, together with concert pianist Florian Uhlig as Artistic Director. The Festival encompasses the interdisciplinary and the innovative through several programmes. The 2015 Festival is dedicated to exciting encounters with other forms of art such as dance, film, literature and visual art; reflecting how music – in all its genres, styles and backgrounds – can enter into a meaningful dialogue and stretch perceptions beyond the classical canon. This spirit is also articulated by the Festival’s ever growing emphasis on educational initiatives for South Africa’s young talents.

About The Goethe-Institut

The Goethe-Institut is the Federal Republic of Germany’s cultural institute, active worldwide. We promote the study of German abroad and encourage international cultural exchange. The Goethe-Institut in Johannesburg regulates the work in the Sub-Saharan countries. Our Cultural Programmes Department focuses on a variety of different artistic approaches from the visual arts to drama, dance, literature, film, and others. Our goal is to support the local cultural scenes and strengthen pan-African dialogue through the arts.

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