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Gearhouse involved in South Africa-Russia cultural Exchange

The BRICS Summit held in South Africa in 2013, kicked off a co-operative cultural exchange programme between Russia and South Africa aimed at creating awareness and growth across the areas of heritage, film, music, theatre, exhibitions, festivals, song and dance, cuisine, cultural economy, institutional collaboration and other multidisciplinary activities between the two countries – a partnership which continues to grow from strength to strength.

It offers South African artists and performers an opportunity to showcase their talent, interact and exchange best practice with their Russian counterparts, and of course, by default, the technical side of events also has a chance to shine.

Gearhouse’s Robert Grobler travelled to Russia with a dance/music collaboration between Grammy Award-winning Flautist and composer, Wouter Kellerman and Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Knight of the Arts & Literature) Creative Director/Choreographer Gregory Maqoma.

The show, called Joys of Sharing, directed by Maqoma, is a ground-breaking fusion of live music and contemporary dance featuring Wouter Kellerman, Simphiwe Dana and Vuyani Dance Company. It ran at the Leningradsky Palace Theatre St Petersburg in December.

Gearhouse South Africa is the country’s leading technical services provider and throughout his long career with Gearhouse, Grobler has been recognised for his innovative and creative use of technology. His involvement with Joys of Sharing was as Lighting Designer where he worked closely with David Bloch international on the technical production and general look of the piece.

It is envisaged that the partnership with Russia will lead to greater trade in local cultural and artistic products, access to new markets by our artists and thus contribute to the growth of our cultural and creative economy

Russia played a key role in the liberation of struggle of South Africa and the two countries continue to enjoy political, economic and cultural relations. 

Story Robyn D’Alessandro, photo courtesy Robert Grobler

Feb 19, 2018

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