14 June 2016
HA! horse can be difficult to contain. The creative impulse is so generic
that it finds it hard to say no to any kind of venture into different
artistic territories, meeting up with other artists on our way. As I work
in varous degrees with all the basic artistic mediums, I connect well
with visual artists, actors, dancers, other musicians and thinkers. But
when it comes to collaborating and sharing with a public, I tend to hone
in on those who are prepared to walk a more feeling-based and improvisational
path with me. (Joke has her own extensive
list of collaborators dating from her theatre years in Belgium and more
recent sojourns with visual artists and other poets).
Collaborations that are more project-based collaborations include artists like my ex-partner Laura Kristen (performance art), Tim Hopwood (photography), Henk Barnard (mass choir events), Strijdom van der Merwe (land art), Gert Anklam (Berlin saxophonist), Eric Leonardson (Chicago experimental music), Nolufefe Mtshabe (opera singer), Andy Fierens (Antwerp poet), Tossie van Tonder (dance), Audri Phillips (Los Angeles digital artist) and Nyebho Swartbooi (acting).
Another field of interest is the creation of soundtracks. My first was back in 1991 for Franz Marxs Afrikaans film Die Prins van Pretoria. Later came a number the First Physical Company stage productions in Grahamstown, music for the late choreographer Christopher Kindo, the Remix Theatre Company and a soundtrack for a full-length documentary on the Knysna elephants, released by Animal Planet.
On a few occasions, i have been asked to do music direction - notably for the 2001 and 2002 South African Woman of the Year Gala events in Cape Town, the Ukkasie Festival Concert of 2004 in the Royal Albert Hall, London and the opening act for the International. Congress of Aquariums in Cape Town, 2012. In 2009 i put together a 60th anniversary concert for the Voortrekker Monument, Pretoria, drawing in a range of performers to transcend the ugly past this landmark is associated with.
enterprising and dear individuals also drew me into residencies
for rather special events, the one being Louise van Rhyn, running Community
Building Workshops on the model brought to SA by Peter Block, and the
other, Peter Willis, for the Cambridge Business and Environment Seminar,
so i could musically reflect on the proceedings.