Grensloos at Theatre On The Bay this July

Pieter Toerien presents  André Schwartz & Coenie de Villiers in

 GRENSLOOS

Friday 19 July at 20h00

Saturday 20 July at 20h00

Sunday 21 July at 15h00

At Theatre On The Bay

ENGLISH RELEASE:

Two of South Africa’s best-loved entertainers join forces for the very first time to create a truly memorable musical show. The ever-popular André Schwartz and Coenie de Villiers have collaborated to bring us the heartfelt GRENSLOOS. Says Coenie: “For years we’ve been threatening to create a show together. This is it!”

He is excited about the staging of the performance. “There are actually four of us on stage, the “other two” being twin grand pianos because we both play piano during the performance. Everybody knows that André is a singer of international renown but not everyone realizes that he is also a whizz behind the keyboard,” declares Coenie. “It’s also a quieter and more introspective musical show.”

GRENSLOOS means “without borders”, as well as not weeping about something. But why this title? “We wanted to create an experience that would cross boundaries and borders,” says André. “There are wonderful but less well-known songs from France and Holland in the show, and of course also from South Africa. We sing some of our own compositions as well, a few of which have never been heard before by our fans. We aim to present a show without compromises – without borders, as it were – one never knows when the chance will come around again.”

During the concert André and Coenie also reminisce over their first recordings – some of which go back all the way to the seventies. “It’s a bit like reviewing the faded photos of one’s matric farewell,” they joke. “Hopefully both of us have matured over the years. Now we have the confidence to do the things we have always wanted to do. And, of course, it’s great working together. We should have done it years ago!”

Coenie and André grow serious for a moment: “We think ours is a positive gig. We don’t bemoan our lot in life, or cry about anything. It’s incredible to discover the spectrum of songs that conveys precisely this affirmative message of live and let live. Not only across the borders of countries, but also spanning the divides between people, cultures and genders. When all is said and done, people remain just that: people.”

Come and celebrate life in word and song with two of our South Africa’s foremost entertainers.

The debut presentation of GRENSLOOS took place at a sold-out performance at the Atterbury Theatre in Pretoria on the 28th of April, during which the audience was carried away. “It was great receiving a standing ovation in the middle of the show,” both musicians laugh.

Both André and Coenie are looking forward to present GRENSLOOS at the magnificent Theatre on The Bay in Cape Town. Both believe it to be one of the most beautiful venues in the country. “And, of course, it’s next to one of the most stunning beaches in the world!

AFRIKAANS RELEASE:

Twee van die bekendste musikante in Suid-Afrika werk vir die heel eerste keer saam in hierdie vertoning: André Schwartz en Coenie de Villiers span kragte saam in die musiekproduksie Grensloos.  “Ons dreig al jare lank om iets saam te skep, en ek en André het gewoon besluit dat nóú die tyd is, terwyl ons nog kan,” vertel Coenie.

“Daar is eintlik vier van ons op die verhoog: die vierde teenwoordigheid is 2 reuse vleuelklaviere, want ons speel álbei tydens die vertoning.  Almal weet dat André ‘n sanger van internasionale formaat is, maar nie almal besef hy is ook ‘n koning agter die klawers nie,” meen Coenie.  “Dis ook ‘n stiller vertoning wat so effe inwaarts kyk.”

Maar waarom die titel Grensloos?  “Ons wou graag iets skep wat oor grense heen strek,” sê André.  “Daar is ongelooflike en minder bekende komposisies uit onder meer Frankryk en Nederland, en dan natuurlik ook uit Suid-Afrika.  Ons voer van Coenie en my eie komposies uit, en ‘n hele paar daarvan sal heeltemal nuut wees vir gehore.  Ons wou albei ‘n vertoning sonder ‘n enkele kompromis saamstel – ‘n mens weet nie wanneer jy weer die kans kry nie!”

Tydens die vertoning praat Schwartz en De Villiers ook oor hulle eerste opnames – sommiges strek terug tot en met die sewentigerjare.  “Dis ‘n bietjie soos om na jou ou matriekafskeid-foto’s te kyk,” lag albei musikante.  “Hopelik het ons darem albei deur die jare gegroei; nou kan ‘n mens ‘n vertoning saamstel waar jy die goed kan doen wat jy nog altyd wou.  En dis vrek lekker om saam te werk – ons moes dit lankal prober het!”

Schwartz en De Villiers word vir ‘n oomblik ernstig.  “En dis ook ‘n positiewe vertoning – niemand grens oor sy of haar lot in die lewe nie.  Dis ongelooflik om die spektrum van liedere te sien wat juis hierdie boodskap van leef en laat leef oor alle grense weerspieël – nie net die grense tussen lande nie, maar ook die grense tussen mense, geslagte en kulture.  Aan die einde van die dag is almal maar net méns …”

Kom vier die lewe in woord en lied, uitgevoer deur twee van ons land se voorste musikante. 

Die debuutvertoning van Grensloos het plaasgevind in ‘n stampvol Atterbury Teater in Pretoria op 28 April.  Die gehoor was meegesleur.  “Dis lekker om ‘n staande ovasie tydens die vertoning te kry,” lag die twee kunstenaars.

André en Coenie sien geweldig uit daarna om op te tree by die beeldskone Theatre on The Bay.  Hulle meen dis een van mooiste teaters in die land.  “En sommer teenaan een van die mooiste strande ter wereld!”

Booking link: https://online.computicket.com/web/event/andre_schwartz_coenie_de_villiers_grensloos/1309385602/0/95190412

or dial the Theatre On the Bay box-office on (021) 438-3301 

Tickets priced at R150 / R200 / R250

Dinner packages available via Computicket or box-office

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