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First Edition / March 2012


foreword

Distell Foundation recognises the important role Arts and Culture plays in building a sustainable society. Our involvement over more than fourty seven years has not only helped to feed the soul of our nation, but we have provided ongoing support to a broad range of Arts development projects that build economic growth, artistic talent, enhance quality of life and create jobs in the sector. Apart from being involved in Arts and Culture, the Distell Foundation invests in a number of educational, skills development and various other job creation projects to assist in the development of communities, especially in the areas where Distell has business interests.

A new skills development initiative we are supporting is the creation of an on-line magazine for Oude Libertas. Students and young professionals are given the opportunity to further develop their creative skills in writing, editing, design, photography and business management. The magazine is compiled by students and young creative individuals who work under the guidance of the Distell Foundation and various professional writers, designers and photographers. Contributions from professional gurus will from time to time enhance the publication. The magazine is still in its baby shoes, but we are very proud of the current team who put it together and with ongoing support it will grow from strength to strength..

This initiative as an incubator and exciting playground for creative individuals who want to enhance their skills. Mentoring programmes, creative writing, entrepreneurship and small business development workshops will be incorporated in the project to get the creative soul and business mind to meet. Our aim is to eventually have an Afrikaans and English publication to hit your inbox. We also hope to partner with a few media and publishing houses or businesses in the creative arts field. Such partnerships will bring young up-and coming individuals closer to the professional industry. Opportunities for internships will hopefully come up for those who want to pursue this as a career.

Our motto at Oude Libertas is “Where Culture Inspires Creativity� - so be inspired and feel free to write to us if you want to suggest a specific topic, if you have a creative idea to share with us or if you would like to get involved in this exciting project. No one is too young or old to be part of this initiative!

This will be a seasonal publication and I hope you will enjoy our first Summer Edition.

Regards Irma Albers Arts & Culture Controller

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contents REGULARS

2 FOREWORD 3 CONTENTS 4 CONTRIBUTORS - Meet some of the creative people who have contributed to this first issue of the Oude Libertas online magazine 5 EDITORS LETTER 7 HAVE YOU MET - Friends of Oude Libertas

HYPE 8 KREASIE - Designs and creates everything from bags to theatre costumes to puppets. 9 GROW PROJECT 10 BOOKS, FASHION & LIFESTYLE

FEATURES AND ARTICLES 11 BOOK NOW - For the summer season shows at the Oude Libertas Amphitheater 12 THE BIRTH OF A WINE ROUTE - Our must-visit wine farms 14 STRIJDOM VAN DER MERWE - Geselsoor hoe verskillende genres op eenlandskapbymekaarkom 18 FINDING THE RIGHT WORDS - when talking about Zanne Stapelberg isn't easy… but we're given it a shot. 26 NOT JUST ANOTHER MARKET - Support a good cause the healthy way 28 GROEN SANCTUS - Oude Libertas Kunsgalery 29 FILM FESTIVAL - Cape Winelands film festival screenings at Oude Libertas

ON THE COVER Zanne Stapelberg photographed by Shaun Strydom. Styling by Daniёl Geldenhuys. Hair and make-up by Leigh-Anne Maré. Read the full story on page 17.

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contributors Daniël Geldenhuys Editor

Daniël Geldenhuys is the founding editor of Parel Vallei High School's first digital magazine, ULTIMATE. Last year he wrote plays that have been performed at The Playhouse and Somerset College Primary. He is currently a fiercely patriotic humanities student at UCT.

Shaun Strijdom Photography - Zanne Stapelberg Cover story: pg 18-25 Shaun, based in Stellenbosch, studied photography and branding in Johannesburg, relocated in June 2010 and currently freelances in a variety of disciplines including fashion, fine art and portrait photography, luxury brand design and 'Creative concept' projects. Shaun is currently working on a 'Portrait Book' collection and collaborating with local fashion designers producing fine art images for campaigns and collections.

Danielle McDonald Co-writing & editing - Strijdom van der Merwe article: pg 14-17 Danielle is a keen traveler and adventurer, born and bred in the Western Cape and from the quaint town of Riversdale. She studied BA Humanities at the University of Stellenbosch and completed a Post-Grad in Marketing Management at UCT. Danielle currently works as Arts and Culture coordinator for Distell.

Annareth Bolton Writing of article - Birth of a Wine Route: pg 12 Annareth has really made an impression in the winelands small town girl turned Chief Executive Officer of Stellenbosch American Express® Wine Routes. Annareth studied Industrial Psychology in Stellenbosch. She has always been interested in the wine industry and is responsible for the Stellenbosch wine festival and various other wine related projects such as Wine education, writing for Wine Tourism News. She also serves on the marketing committee for Stellenbosch Tourism.

Inge van Rensburg Photography - Strijdom van der Merwe article: pg 14-17 She studied BA Journalism at the University of Pretoria and also did a year course in photography at Vega. Inge is enjoying herself in the Winelands and is currently helping out at the Distell Foundation office which is situated on the beautiful Oude Libertas premises.

We thank the following professionals: Graphic Design & Photography - Chantelle Thessner | Proof Reading Kobus Geldenhuys, Mareza Nel & Wendy Bonthuys

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Photograph by Kim Swarts

LETTER FROM THE

EDITOR w elcome to the first issue of one of the many new exciting things happening at Oude Libertas. As a lover of all things glossy, I would say that most magazines out there are pretty good. What makes a great magazine is one that can plough back into the community. Thanks to the smart thinking of Publishing Director Irma Albers, Oude Libertas magazine does just that. The idea is to have a group of university students and young professionals put together a cultural magazine about Oude Libertas, while being mentored by industry insiders. Leigh-Anne MarĂŠ (our beauty expert at our cover shoot) and I are two first year students at UCT, hoping to make our mark in the Humanities Department. Back in high school, I started the school's first digital magazine which Leigh regularly contributed to when she wasn't busy shadowing at UCT Radio and turning out the one art piece

after the other. The magazine is still in its growing stage and we're actively looking for fresh new talent to contribute in future issues. It is a great opportunity for students and young professionals to become part of this initiative so that they can develop their skills and grow their talent. The highlight of this issue was meeting cover star Zanne Stapelberg, chatting to Strijdom van der Merwe, and working with young professionals, Shaun Strydom (photographer) and

Danielle McDonald (featureseditorial mentor). Through these pages we hope to surprise and inspire. Oude Libertas is looking to become a much more integral part of the community, and naturally so is this magazine. If you have any comments, ideas, requests, or would like to join our team, don't hesitate to write to us at info@oudelibertas.co.za But, for now, we invite you to enjoy our first issue.

xoxoDaniel

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H HENRY JORDAAN?

e used to be the amphitheatre caretaker. Now he's much more involved, having moved on to maintaining the Oude Libertas gardens. We spend 5 minutes with the man himself.

What is it you do? I'm in charge of garden maintenance at Oude Libertas. How long have you been working at Oude Libertas? Thirty four years. Best thing about the job‌ Working with nature. Worst thing about the job‌ Nothing! Oude Libertas has a lot to offer. What do you enjoy taking part in the most? I enjoy going to the art gallery. Who is the most interesting person you've come across while working here? Stef Bos. He's one of my favourite artists.

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Creativity in the making.

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lana-Marie Snyman turned her vision into reality when she started Kreasie, a creative company that produces theatrical props, costumes, cards and puppets. Her vision is “to create props, costumes as well as handmade art and craft under one roof in a creative atmosphere. I would like to create job opportunities and income for young creatives and artists who struggle to find work.” Not only has she enriched the Oude Libertas community by displaying her products at the Slowfood Market, she has also joined the popular Kamers Vol Geskenke. In April 2011 Elana launched her first handbag range made from African wax print cloth. “The patterns tell stories of relevance and are inspired by proverbs, poems and traditional African fables,” says Elana. The four bags in this range are good companions for occasions that range from shopping to an overnight stay. Kreasie ticks all the right boxes: it’s proudly South African, pro-job creation, and creates just about anything that would tickle your fancy. With Elana having recently returned from overseas, she can’t wait to create new products from inspiration abroad. That being said, she’ll no doubt keep her essential African flavour. A winning combination for success! „

From top: Elana-Marie Snyman. Hobo bag, overnight bag, greeting card, all Kreasie.

We love these Kreasie felt finger puppets!

Visit www.kreasie.co.za for more info.

Image sources: Leaves background: http://photo-dict.faqs.org/photofiles/list/3348/4443autumn_leaves.jpg; Finger puppet stills by Daniёl Geldenhuys; all other images from www.kreasie.co.za.


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Design

e couldn’t be prouder W about Cape Town being

voted the World Design Capital for 2014. Find out all about what makes our mother city so special and what we’ll be doing to continue improving for the next three years and beyond: visit www.capetown2014.co.za „

Grow Project

creates everything from chandeliers and satchels to wine carriers out of recycled materials. This NPO is big on job creation and liberating people from poverty-stricken communities. Clockwise from top left: beaded chandelier; wine carriers; beaded purse; netting satchel; all Project Grow. To purchase or make a donation, call 084 6000 507. „

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Books Fashion

Backstage at Ralph Lauren Spring Summer 2012

Forever 20 Moulin Rouge! director Baz Luhrman is resurrecting the classic tale about 1920’s opulence with the help of a star-studded cast including Leonardo diCaprio, Carey Mulligan and Toby McGuire. The Great Gatsby is only due for release in December 2012, but we have already seen the flapper style make a comeback on the spring 2012 runways this September. Ralph Lauren, the costume designer for the 1974 Gatsby film, nailed the look with soft pastels and romantic hats, giving the ensemble a modern kick with some sky-high wedges. The trend was also spotted at Giorgio Armani, Gucci and Robert Cavalli, to name a few. And the best thing about this trend? No matter at what stage of your life you wear it, you’ll always be able to say you’re in your twenties… „

SBIOGRAPHY TEVE JOBS THE EXCLUSIVE Officially the must-read of the season. He’s been called “the greatest innovator of his generation.” After extensive interviews with family, friends, employees and the man himself, bestselling author Walter Isaacson takes you inside the life of the co-founder of Apple. R300.00 at Wordsworth books. „

Lifestyle

Sip on an Amarula Swinging Safari A SWEET SOPHISTICATED DRINK THAT WILL SET THE MOOD FOR RELAXING AFTERNOON UNDER THE AFRICAN SUN. INGREDIENTS † 2 ½ tots Amarula Cream † 1 ¼ tots Cointreau liqueur † ½ tot vodka † Ice cubes

METHOD Add all ingredients into a cocktail shaker. Shake and strain into a tall glass.

CONVERSIONS 1 tot = 30ml = 1 oz = 3cl = 1 shot Image sources: Steve Jobs cover: http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/images/1408703742/ref=dp_image_0?ie=UTF8&n=266239&s=books Ralph Lauren backstage: www.vogue.it. Christmas tree http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/3/3a/Christmas_tree_sxc_hu.jpg Legs: http://us.123rf.com/400wm/400/400/ravishan/ravishan0808/ravishan080800009/3397739-sitting-poolside-sipping-cocktail-at-a-resort.jpg

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Amphitheatre Summer Season

25 November 2011 - 11 March 2012 “ Your season amongst the stars”

BINNEKAMER Amanda Strydom 7 Maart - 20:15

PROESstraat 8-10 Maart 20:15

PICNIC CONCERT Marcus Wyatt & Language 12 11 March - 18:30

Buy tickets at amphitheatre directly Corner of Adam Tas & Oude Libertas rd

Phone box office Tel: +27 21 809 7473 or Tel: +27 21 809 7380 Book and collect your collect tickets at the theatre box office

Email bookings theatre@oudelibertas.co.za Book and collect your collect tickets at the theatre box office the evening of the show

Computicket Visit www.computicket.co.za or various outlets nationwide Tel: 0861 915 8000

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THE

BIRTH OF

A ravelling along the Stellenbosch Wine Routes, means breathtaking scenery – Tmountains, historic buildings, oak-lined streets, and of course, wine. Stellenbosch is the oldest town in South Africa and it is therefore fitting that it is regarded as our country’s wine capital. But would this honour have been bestowed upon Stellenbosch without the vision and determination of three wine men who had a dream, exactly 40 years ago? The American philosopher and poet, Ralph Waldo Emerson, said, “It is a lesson which all history teaches wise men, to put trust in ideas, and not in circumstances.” These words could not have been more true in the case of the three pioneers who brought on the birth of South Africa’s first wine route. To realise their dream, they had to overcome a number of challenges, including bureaucratic red tape and legislation which had to be rewritten. At the time, very few farms bottled wine under their own labels and it was illegal to sell bottled wine from your winery; it was also illegal to serve meals from your farm. Let’s start at the beginning… Like the well-known Brian Adams song, it all started in the summer of 1969. Good friends Frans Malan and Niel Joubert from Simonsig and Spier, respectively, went on a European tour. Both men were wine lovers, and they visited the famous Routes des Vins at Morey St Denis in Burgundy. Back home they convinced Spatz Sperling from Delheim to complete the now famous fearless threesome, and so they started their very own organisation representing wine farms in the Stellenbosch region. This organisation would change the face of wine tourism in South Africa, and was the very first wine tourism initiative in our wine industry, even though the term did not exist yet. The pioneer Stellenbosch wine route was officially launched by the then minister of agriculture, Mr Hendrik Schoeman, in April 1971. Today there are 18 wine routes in South Africa, but Stellenbosch remains the most visited and most recognised brand. Advertising mogul Bruce Barton hit the nail on the head when he said that the most successful men have not achieved their distinction by having some new talent or opportunity presented to them. They have simply developed the opportunity that was at hand. We therefore salute, honour and thank the three visionaries who helped establish Stellenbosch as not only the number one wine tourism destination in South Africa, but also one of the most successful and recognised wine regions in the world. Cheers! „

WINE ROUTE Stellenbosch American Express Wine Routes CEO, ANNARETH BOLTON tells us how it all started…

Our must must - visit list…

BERGKELDER offers a unique wine tasting experience with their beautiful cellar tucked away inside the mountain. The wine museum would be an interesting visit too… www.bergkelder.co.za THE HOUSE OF J.C. LE ROUX will take you behind the scenes of their leading dedicated sparkling wine cellar, showing you exactly how their bottles of joy are made. Stay for a pairing with fine hand-made nougat or a refreshing sorbet. www.jcleroux.co.za VAN RYN’S BRANDY DISTILLERY is looking to release your endorphins with a pairing of their award-winning brandies and hand-made Belgian chocolate, rounded off with a serving of single-plantation Hunduran coffee. www.vanryn.co.za NEETHLINGSHOF is innovating things with their “Flash Food, Slow Wine Pairing.” Think chicken and cashew noodles, served with Gewürtztraminer or Madagascar pepper burger with a glass of Cabernet Sauvignon! 12 www.neethlingshof.co.za


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Landskap: 'n

vervlegting van kunste

'n 18 stuk mannekoor, jazz dansers, en die legendariese woorde van Antjie Krog uitgevoer deur Anna-Mart van der Merwe deel die verhoog met Strijdom van der Merwe se Landskap uitstalling.

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aar was nie veel tyd vir Strijdom om ‘n idee vir Landskap aanmekaar te slaan nie. Hy sê dit was die kortste wat regisseur André Odendaal nog ooit aan ‘n produksie gewerk het! “Ek dink nie ek sou iets anders gedoen het nie. Mens doen maar wat mens op daai oomblik doen. Soos enige ding maar in die lewe werk; jy het soveel tyd en dit is wat jy daarmee doen. En soos baie dinge ook maar werk, al het jy die tyd wag jy nog steeds tot op die laaste oomblik voor jy wegspring”. Strijdom is nie die soort kunstenaar wat sy eie beuel blaas nie. Hy beskryf ook vir Anna-Mart van der Merwe as ‘n baie stil mens. Tydens Landskap se repetisies het sy nie veel aandag op haarself gevestig nie, tot sy natuurlik op die verhoog klim en haar mond oopmaak. So is Strijdom ook: net nog ‘n mens wat idees het en die lewe op ‘n sekere manier ervaar. Die verskil tussen Strijdom en ander mense is net die manier waarop hy sy ervarings uitdruk. In Landskap sing ‘n groep van 18 mans oor die lewe, terwyl Anna-Mart uittreksels uit Antjie Krog se werk voorlees en dansers van Jazz Art oor die verhoog vlieg. Om Strijdom se gedagtegang te volg: die lewe, nes die landskap, is vol paaie wat na verskillende plekke lei. Juis daarom het hy die Oude Libertas Amfiteater se verhoog vol paaie en name van dorpe uit Antjie se gedigte geverf – ‘n visuele landskap. Baie mense was al op moedverloor se vlakte, meer in hulle gedagtes as fisies, maar tog. Al die name wat Strijdom gebruik het, is die name van regte dorpies in Suid-Afrika. Dit is egter nie die dorpe wat Strijdom ‘n liefhebber van die Karoo maak nie. “Omdat meeste van my werk in die landskap gedoen word, is die Karoo vir my soos ‘n skoon ‘canvas.’ Ek weet Knysna, George en Plet is mooi, maar dis vir my te besig. In die Karoo kan jy net een strepie trek en dit sal uitstaan. (Die uitdaging is hoé jy dit trek en wáár jy dit trek). Daar in die woude kan jy maar ‘n strepie trek, maar jy gaan twee keer moet kyk om dit raak te sien”.

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Strijdom, ‘n ware minimalis, hou van die subtiliteit van die Karoo. “Ek het onlangs ‘n vriendin saamgeneem..... ons ry verby Ceres na ‘n plek wat mens noem Die Poort. As jy deur Die Poort ry dan lê die vlaktes net so oop voor jou..... Vir my is dit die wonderlikste oomblik as jy deur Die Poort gaan en jy kry die vlaktes; dit is wanneer ek begin blom. Toe ons deur Die Poort ry en sy sien dit..... toe haal sy ‘n boek uit en begin lees. Dit was toe dat ek besef; twee verskillende mense kan dieselfde ding so anders sien”. Strijdom neem sy minimalistiese kuns op ‘n eenvoudige manier af. “Ry, stop, uitklim, neem af, ry, stop.....” Op die ou einde is daar agt foto’s in die galery. Maar Strydom noem homself nie ‘n fotograaf nie. “Ek weet ek het ‘n Canon, maar ek weet nie wat sy nommer is nie. En ek weet hy’s op outomaties. Ek weet hy’t al die ander verstellings, maar dis nie vir my belangrik nie.

“Ry, stop, uitklim, neem af, ry, stop... Ek dokumenteer ‘n gedagte of ‘n idee wat ek wil oorbring.”

Ek dokumenteer ‘n gedagte of ‘n idee wat ek wil oorbring”. Strijdom sê hy sal nie ‘n kursus in fotografie neem nie, want dit is nie sy kuns nie. Sy gunsteling manier van werk is om sy eie ding te doen, maar dit kan eensaam raak. Om op Landskap, ‘n vervlegting van kuns- genres, te kon werk, was vir hom baie lekker. “Wat ek verskriklik geniet het van die produksie, was om te sien hoe ‘n prentjie musiek word; hoe ‘n prentjie beweging word”. Vir Strijdom is daar baie om na uit te sien: ‘n groot uitstalling in Johannesburg wat protesteer teen die ongesonde manier waarop die regering beoog om ondergrondse gas uit die Karoo te haal, en ‘n nog groter uitstalling word beplan vir 2013. “Die Smithsonian Instituut het my gevra om ‘n uitstalling in Independent Avenue in Washington te doen”, kondig hy opgewonde aan. Hulle vlieg hom in Maart oor vir vier dae om die spasie te sien en die belangrike mense se hande te skud. “Kan jy glo, hulle het vir my ‘n opsie gegee van drie hotelle. Ek hoef nie saam met vreemde mense in die huis te bly soos ‘n uitruilstudent nie”. Soos Strijdom sê, dit is die ‘glamorous’ werk, maar hy is ook besig met ’n honderd ander projekte; 95 van hulle vir brood en botter. Strijdom is gelukkig in sy werk. Terwyl hy vir André Odendaal, Landskap se regisseur, dopgehou het in repetisies, het dit vir hom gelyk na ‘n baie interessante beroep. Sou hy ooit so iets wou doen? Musiek by die prentjie sit? “Daar’s baie om te leer. Ek sien hoe hy vir Anna-Mart sê ‘stap net tot hier, stap net tot daar’. Dan dink ek, hoekom? En dan begin ek agterkom: daar’s ‘n oop spasie nodig, of sy moet terugkyk as sy dit sê. So nee, ek dink nie ek kan ‘n regisseur wees nie... maar ‘n ou wonder….” Mens weet nooit...?

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FINDING THE

RIGHT

WORDS

ZANNE STAPELBERG is hitting all the right notes – having sung for Madiba himself and starting her own production company. We get drawn into the charisma…

Wordsand andStyling StylingDaniёl DaniёlGeldenhuys Geldenhuys Words Hair and Make-Up Leigh-Anne Maré Photographs Shaun Strydom

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ubtlety is not something you expect when meeting someone who makes a career out of singing to thousands of people for hours on end without a microphone. And yet, the thing that stands out the most about Zanne Stapelberg is her subtlety. Perhaps I should rephrase: I don’t mean subtlety in a dull wallflower kind of way. In fact, Zanne seems to give a new meaning to the word. The moment our conversation begins - pearl after pearl of wisdom, along with bursts of fun and an occasional eruption of ecstatic, infectious laughter pop up. Subtle? Perhaps we should stick to refined. Zanne and her husband celebrated their tenth anniversary in December 2011, although the anniversary they usually celebrate (the one of their first date in high school) is on the first of April... believe it or not, at the time of our conversation, Zanne wasn’t sure where they’d be celebrating yet… only that they’ll be going alone. I assume they left the kids with Zanne’s mother-in-law, the lady who baked a delicious chocolate cake for our cover story team. “My mother-in-law is staying here for a while,” says Zanne, “but I wish I could keep her forever. She cooks the most delicious food.” Our team can vouch for that. I ask her about the shows she’s currently involved in (she spoke a lot about her rehearsal schedule over the phone). The reply sounds like somebody’s résumé. Where does she get the time to prepare for all that? She’s not quite sure herself. As much as she loves her ex-manager, Zanne says working by proxy seems to lose the personal connection, one which is very important to her. She likes to organise her life, which consists of managing a family (husband of ten years, boy of three years, girl of less than a year) and a booming career completely by herself. Now add “super” to the subtle/refined list. “The biggest challenge is learning the music. The shows I’m doing now are all new. And the worst is that I’m finding I can’t memorise things as well as I used to… and I’m not even that old!” We all laugh because, young as she is, she looks even younger. Then on a more serious note, as if to say she won’t give up, she adds, “I don’t believe in singing with a music sheet in front of me. It creates a barrier between myself and the audience.” She is at the height of a career that has taken her to Switzerland and Rome, won her accolades that include the highly prestigious Standard Bank Youth Artist for Music award as well as the Cosmopolitan Awesome Women Award (which officially brands her as awesome). She has her own production company, records an albums, takes to the stage with world-famous artists such as South African tenor Johan Botha, has been directed by the likes of Mathinus Basson and William Kentridge, and performed for Nelson Mandela. However, Zanne says motherhood is the best role she’s ever played. A subtly refined super mom, then.

We had the pleasure of meeting little Maja: a very peaceful and utterly cute little being who was gladly passed from arm to arm during the shoot. Where her talents lie, it may be too early to determine, but Zanne is sure that three-yearold Alexander Johannes Stephanus de Lange will be travelling a similar road to his mother. “He is such a performer!” she declares. But this is not just a mother’s speculation. There is firm evidence of his musicality. Take for example the time when he was two and Zanne was listening to an extract from Tosca: “He was playing around on the carpet… The music came to a crescendo and he jumped up, threw his hands back and said, ‘Feel the music!’” But Johannes is not always a kind critic. “Once we were visiting my mother and we were listening to Katherine Jenkins,” Zanne is not a fan, “and my son said, ‘Mamma, this tannie isn’t singing nicely. She sings ugly. I want to cry.’”

Spanish culture makes Zanne’s heart beat faster (and perhaps do a little dance routine, ending with a click of the fingers and “Olé!”). When she arrived there, the country surprised her in a very unexpected way. “I was going to Spain! Of course I took all my floral accessories, colourful skirts and fabulous outfits. Then when I got there everyone was wearing beige and brown.” She didn’t find the Spanish flare she was looking for, but she vows to go back. “I’ll look for it until I find it. I just can’t imagine that their music sounds the way it sounds… but the flair isn’t actually there.” She gave everyone a preview of what she hopes to find in Spain in Soul of Fire which ran for two nights at the Oude Libertas Amphitheatre. “There’s tango music, flamenco music, opera music… It’s really interesting to incorporate music elements into a show that isn’t part of my usual classic style. I’m so excited!” It seems like the show is a little out of the ordinary for Zanne, but still something she is passionate about. If there was one thing the show was crammed full of, it was passion.

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“it's about the communication of joy: the idea of being able to create an alternate universe and take people on a journey outside their reality�

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“I love doing my own thing. Then I don’t just feel like a singer, I feel like an artist.”

Zanne’s face lights up as she begins to list her favourite musicians. The range is just as wide as her vocal ability: there’s Tom Waits, who she’s a huge fan of, Maria Callas, the artist she credits for being the first spark to light her love for opera, and Ramstein, a heavy metal rock band whose lead singer has been known to hit his head with a hammer to psyche himself up for shows. What do these three (and numerous other artists she loves) have in common? Theatricality. Zanne is a born entertainer. “For me, it’s about the communication of joy. The idea of being able to create an alternate universe and take people on a journey outside their reality and give them this magic new world. Just like that, out of nothing. That’s what makes music so incredible to me, I find it to be the most direct form of communication.” Here come her three career highlights: First, her professional début at Arts Cape, a place she’d always dreamed of performing at. Second, the creation of her very own production company Long Tall Women Productions in 2004¸ which allowed her to create her own productions, the first of which was an Opera/Cabaret mix. “I love doing my own thing. Then I don’t just feel like a singer, I feel like an artist.” Fancy being a subtly refined super mom artist. Her third highlight so far has been her work with William Kentridge. “It was amazing, unbelievable… When you work with him, you realise he’s so good that he pulls up your own standard. You realise you’re in the company of greatness and you have to match it… I’m not sure if that is even possible, but it’s definitely a huge privilege.”

She used to work day and night, but she has managed to find a steady balance with family life. When she comes home in the evenings after rehearsals, she says her time belongs to her family: reading stories to her children and tickling her husband. This piece of information prompts one of her bold, dramatic, all-consuming and utterly unique spurts of laughter that makes you wish you could say something funny to make her do it again. What does the future hold for Zanne? Hopefully a try at bungee jumping, more children, and a few opera roles she’d still love to sing. She also loves to cook, it’s very important to her but “all I can make is baklava and pancakes.” Zanne believes that working with art is like being in a state of “in love” constantly. What is it about art that manages to obtain this fragile state? “It’s a total addiction. It’s not something you can explain. It’s a hunger and thirst that you have in your being to experience as much of this thing and share it with as many people as you can. One of the best things for me is learning new music: the feeling I get when I go into my piano room and I sit down and begin to learn new music… that feeling of excitement has never changed. And if you’re a performing artist and you’ve taken this material in, you have to share it with the world. It has to go out again. I actually want to giggle because I can’t believe this is my life. I can’t believe I get to do this for a living.” Subtlety is not something you expect from Zanne Stapelberg. Her passion for her art and her love for her family is everything but subtle. Finding the right words to describe her could very well be impossible. So I’m going to follow her example and say that her true spirit can only be communicated through music. „ FOR DETAILS ON ZANNE’S UPCOMING PERFORMANCES, GO TO WWW .ZANNESTAPELBERG .COM

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NOTJUST ANOTHER MARKET The Oude Libertas Slowfood Market gives you the opportunity to relax, support local artisans.

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Oude Libertas on Saturdays from 09:00-14:00, there’s a good chance you’re missing something special. Slowfood by definition is the opposite to those unhealthy fast-food outlets. (See nearest mall foodcourt.) But the nutritional value of the Slowfood market is not an empty claim. The market is owned by Dr Gail Blake, a woman who, through her interest in healing through dietary changes, realized that the poor health of the community is affected by the scarceness of wholesome fresh produce. At The Slowfood Market, you’ll find items which have been grown, raised, harvested, caught, preserved, and made by local producers themselves. The slowfood movement is a 26 year old concept started in Italy to combat the extinction of small producers. Food educational activities, book launches, and community projects are all part of the market, teaching the public that health comes through knowledge and the choices we make. The market, a member of Slowfood international, is on a mission to support those who specialize in high quality products, organically certified products, boutique wineries, farming communities and crafters who wish to grow in an economic climate monopolized by large distribution chains. What we’re trying to say is that by supporting Slowfood, you’re helping the artisian producers. Supporting your community has never been this effortless, so why not be proactive? Buy local and enjoy the vibe under the oak trees at Oude Libertas on a Saturday. „

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die kunstenaar se reaksie op Paasfees 2012Â 2012 Willie Bester Lyn Smuts Sam Nhlengethwa Titia Ballot Strydom van der Merwe Jaco Sieberhagen Keith Dietrich Tertia du Toit Amanda de Wet Shany van den Berg Alida Bothma Danie Louw David Jones Andrieta Wentzel Marius Lourens Philip Badenhorst Wehrner Lemmer Jacques de Jager Marieke Prinsloo Canticum Novum Sangers Die uistalling duur tot middel April en word in samewerking met Woorfees 2012 aangebied. Galery ure: Maan - Vry: 9:00 - 16:00 / Sat: 9:00 - 13:00 Kurator: Roena Griesel Tel: (021) 809-7463 of e-pos: ialbers@distell.co.za Die Oude Libertas Kunsgalery word ondersteun deur die Distell Stigting.

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Cape Winelands Film Festival screenings

at Oude Libertas. 15 to 24 March 2012 The 2012 Cape Winelands Film Festival (CWFF) is proud to again present an unparalleled window on quality films from around the globe. The rich selection of world cinema includes more than 150 features, documentaries and shorts, all which have won more than 320 international awards.

The CWFF short film competition has developed into one of the most important film festival platforms in South Africa for quality productions from around the world. Movie lovers and film students should not miss out on the outstanding short films in the competition this year. The Awards Ceremony will be hosted at the Oude Libertas Amphitheatre on Sat, 24 March at 20:00. Oude Libertas will be hosting festival screenings at the open air amphitheatre and auditorium between 15-24 March. Further screenings in and around Cape Town will take place at Nu Metro V& A Waterfront, iSibaya Room at Artscape, The Fugard Theatre, and Protea Hotel Fire & Ice in Bree Street. View the full programme on www.films-for-africa.co.za Bookings: www.computicket.com

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Situated on the slopes of the Papegaaiberg, surrounded by vineyards, the Oude Libertas offers a historic wine land atmosphere blended with a contemporary cultural and community experience. This unique destination, through the collaborative visions of its partners, offers visitors a collection of artistic, theatre and lifestyle expressions as well as a vital insight into community development initiatives, under the patronage of Distell Foundation and Cause Transformation. With an open-air theatre, art gallery, fresh goods market on Saturdays, development workshops and conference & event facilities, there is something interesting for everyone to enjoy at Oude Libertas. CONTACT DETAILS: Oude Libertas Amphitheatre Tel: +27 (0)21 809-7473/7380 E-mail: theatre@oudelibertas.co.za Web: www.oudelibertas.co.za Distell Foundation & Art Gallery Tel: +27 (0)21 809-8106 or 21 883-9742 E-mail: ialbers@distell.co.za Web: www.distell.co.za

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Oude Libertas Online Magazine. First Edition | March 2012