Fun Family Shows at Hifa

OVER the years Hifa (April 28-May 3 this year) has proved to be a phenomenon of wide-ranging appeal.

The festival’s organisers this year have made a deliberate effort to ensure there are as many “family” shows as possible and an impressive bouquet of child and family-oriented shows within the overall programme is the result.

Besides the ever-popular French illusionist Guillaume Vallée with his show Possible Insolite at Reps Theatre, young Hifa audiences will revel in the exploits of acclaimed Puppet Theatre Company Bambalina with their show entitled Kraft Reps to be staged in The Standard Theatre.

The company asked themselves where the soul of a tree converted into paper could be hiding. They decided to make the folds sing, creating sounds that magically rebuild the rustling of the leaves in the trees, the murmur of waves on the seashore, the crackle of fire or the thunder of a summer storm.

Winner of the Best Children’s Show at the TGV Awards 2008, Kraft deals with our love for things and people by playing with paper and cardboard.

Another sure attraction for the family is the boisterous Circus Klomp from Holland. Their acrobatic theatrics in the everyday settings of Sweet Kitchen.

Romance Standard Theatre will delight audiences of all ages. Pascal Montrouge’s dance company with the splendidly clever tomfoolery of The Story of the Kids Next Door will take audiences on an emotional but definitely feel-good rollercoaster ride at the 7 Arts Theatre.

Cobus Van Heerden will be at The Standard Theatre with the one-man show Catch.

Even for newcomers to opera, Fun at the Opera is just what the doctor ordered.

In this show scheduled for the Recital Room, the stars of the Hifa 2009 Opera Gala with pianist Fausto Quintaba present a mixed concert of arias, ensembles and scenes selected from operas including Wagner’s Die Walküre, Mozart’s Magic Flute, Rossini’s La Cenerentola and Puccini’s Madama Butterfly.

Popular and lesser-known music features in this concert for opera lovers of all ages. — Own Correspondent.