Hear Her Now

The Forest Weaver

  • Ticket Price: R80.00
  • Duration: 23mins 29sec
  • Age Recommendation: All Ages
  • Genre: Film
  • Language: English, Afrikaans (with subtitles), Byzantine Greek, Medieval Italian

A concert staged from a female empowerment musicological stance, opera-trained singer Emma Farquharson (The Forest Weaver) collaboratively showcases the work of select female Western Art Music composers in an attempt to generate conversation around the underperformed of music history.
Cellist Caleb Vaughn-Jones and Emma once again share excerpts of footage from their Grahamstown National Arts Arena Festival sold-out show “A Feather on the Breath of God”, whilst Emma and Lara illustrate their own recent Scottish folk song ventures, all in order to Hear Her Now.
The project features a new voice over recording of “uit die resonante holtes”, an Afrikaans poem penned by Lara for Emma, about the power of her female singing voice, which they believe holds true also as an acknowledgement and celebration of the creative expression of Women In Music.
The cherry on the top is Emma and Ilse’s debut performance of Prof. Jeanne Zaidel-Rudolph’s Art Song, “Boy On A swing” (2018), set to the poetry of Oswald Mbuyiseli Mtshali. She will be accompanied by pianist Ilse Myburgh, with performance art featuring Maria Thabethe and Mduduzi Ngcobo.

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PRODUCTION CREDITS

Originally curated for the Biblioteek Productions 2020: Entertainment in Containment concert series.
Standing in proud support of the Jes Foord Foundation, a South African Rape Crisis, Awareness and Counselling NGO.

Soprano and Videographer: Emma Farquharson
American-born Cellist: Caleb Vaughn-Jones
Pianist and Performance Poet: Lara Kirsten
Pianist and Creative Contributor: Ilse Myburgh
Composer: Prof. Jeanne Zaidel-Rudolph
Poet: Oswald Mbuyiseli Mtshali
Amagwinya-maker: Maria Thabethe
Swing Model: Mduduzi Ngcobo