Cape Town Opera Chorus – African Angles

African Angels

While I lived for many years in Zürich, I had never been to the Theater 11. I somehow felt it was a small hall, which it is, if you compare it with the Hallenstadion, which is nearby.

The show we went to see was African Angels – Cape Town Opera Chorus, as the title suggest, this is a choir from South Africa, singing… pretty much everything, from parts of Italian Opera to songs I associated with the voice of Johnny Clegg. There is some strange in realising you the lyrics in some south african language are more familiar to you than Italian.

We had booked the tickets a long time ago, but I had really no clear idea what to expect, but I loved it. The voices were powerful and moving. I was not the only one who loved the show, as there was a standing ovation at the end, not something that common in Switzerland.

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Stone rubbing of a Stele of Mount Yi cut in the year 993

The Magic of Characters

Stone rubbing of a Stele of Mount Yi cut in the year 993

The Rietberg museum has an exhibit called dedicated to Chinese calligraphy. I took advantage of a rainy Sunday to visit it. The exhibit shows a range of artworks, from classical paintings and calligraphies to modern pieces, somehow related to calligraphy.

What struck me is the tension between the classical style which literally lasted for millennia, and various artists trying to escape that classical style in some way, while still being very influenced by it. Besides numerous art-pieces, there is also a calligraphy lab and some basic explanations on the Chinese character set. While the exhibit is not that large, I found it very well done. I certainly recommend the visit, in particular if you have not yet seen the museum’s permanent of Asiatic art.

The other temporary exhibit in the museum is Akbar’s golden legacy, a presentation of paining for the Mogul emperors of India. I found the pieces very beautiful, but the exhibit lacks the tension and structure of The Magic of Characters.

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