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The Alchemy Of Words



Following totally sold out performances at the Grahamstown National Arts Festival, The Alchemy of Words, conceived and directed by Naomi van Niekerk, comes to the Theatre Arts Admin Collecitve for the Cape Town Fringe Festival.

Arthur Rimbaud, the 'enfant terrible' of French poetry published his first immortal poem at the age of 16 only to completely abandon writing poetry at the age of 21. During this short period he managed to create a body of work that has had a profound impact on the poetry of his own time and on that of the 20th Century.

In The Alchemy of Words, three artists from different disciplines - puppetry, film and music - search to capture the enigma of Arthur Rimbaud and what it means to be a pioneer. Expect an immersive experience that combines artistic projections, puppetry and live music inspired by the diverse imagery from Rimbaud's poems - smoke filled battlefields, the lush countryside of the French Ardennes, colourful vowels, crimson seas...

The Alchemy of Words is brought to you by the French Institute of South Africa and the Alliances Françaises d'Afrique Australe.


VIDEO & SCENOGRAPHY Naomi van Niekerk
MUSIC & SOUND DESIGN Arnaud van Vliet
PUPPET DESIGN Yoann Pencolé, Arnaud van Vliet, Naomi van Niekerk


5 October at 18:00 & 6 October at 20:00 | Theatre Arts Admin Collective (Observatory) | Booking


DURBAN / 21 - 22 September (Seabrooke's Theatre)
MASERU / 25 September
JOHANNESBURG / 28 September - 1 October (Market Theatre Laboratory)
CAPE TOWN / 5 - 6 October
MAPUTO / 11 October (CCFM)
SASOLBURG / 14 - 15 October (Etienne Rousseau Theatre