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Jun 18

JTalk: Robyn Sassen talks about new Kentridge opera

Following the service on Shabbat mornings, Beit Emanuel hosts an interesting and informed speaker on a thought-provoking topic. Sessions run for approx. an hour starting at approx. 11.15 am.

20th June – Robyn Sassen, former arts editor of the Jewish Report.

“Lulu: A Tale of False Beginnings and Dancing Policemen”

In June William Kentridge debuts a new opera, Lulu by Alban Berg (first performed in the 1930s), which examines the situation of fin de siècle women in Paris. It’s based on a play by Wedekind and brings together all the social commentary, art and sense of catastrophe that makes for splinteringly good opera. Playing excerpts from the work, Johannesburg-based art critic Robyn Sassen will examine its importance to the genre.

27th June – Chris Dykes provided shelving to the Diepsloot community. The bookshelves were made to fit the number of books our community had collected over several months. Is this a business venture, social entrepreneurship or Tikkun Olam? Chris will talk about how he sees the work he is doing.