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With François Sarhan &
Drumming Grupo de Percussão

19 – 30 April 2011

Exhibition, videos, installations, conferences and musical works.

French composer François Sarhan introduced Professor Henry Jacques Glaçon to the South African public in April 2009 at Arts on Main’s first public event in Johannesburg. With his hilarious lecture, the Professor had his audience in stitches and promised himself that he would come back.

This April – expect the unexpected and enter the creative world of the eccentric Professor Henry Jacques Glaçon… François Sarhan will lead the way into his wacky and absurd universe filled with stories, videos, collages, musical works combined with the rhythms of percussions by the Portuguese group Drumming Grupo de Percussão led by Spanish artist Miquel Bernat.

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Opening on Tuesday 19 April @ 6.30pm till Sunday 8 May
NIROXprojects, Arts on Main (Johannesburg) Free

Collages, videos, plates illustrates, and the book of the Encyclopedia itself; presented for the first time. The exhibition is dedicated to the fictitious facts contained in the Encyclopedia and apparently invented by Sarhan: unknown saints, marvellous locations, music traditions. The opening night will be enhanced with the presence of percussionists, who will perform pieces composed by the same author.

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Tuesday 19 April @ 8.00pm: Arts on Main (Johannesburg)
Thursday 21 April @ 7.45pm: Alliance française (Pretoria)
Thursday 28 April @ 8.00pm: Main Street Life (Johannesburg)

Arts on Main & Main Street Life | R100 | or 011 727 5101
Pretoria | Free | or 012 343 6563

As an extension to the Encyclopedia pages, the Lectures of Professor Glaçon are intended to bring knowledge to a wide audience, far from the closed clubs of educated societies and academic circles. In order to win this challenge, Professor Glaçon offers to give a series of lectures seconded by musical and visuals illustrations which shall shed light on his words.

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Wednesday 27 April @ 11.00am: NIROX Foundation (Cradle of humankind)
R350 including a gourmet basket lunch

Bookings: or 011 727 5101

Professor Glaçon stayed on several occasions at NIROX foundation where he first conducted precise and complete researches on the "Cradle of Human Sounds" which resulted in extraordinary findings. During his second stay in March 2011, he witnessed unknown rituals and filmed some of these strange scenes with a hidden camera: indeed, every night and early mornings a number of animals performed The King Lear, known to be written by William Shakespeare.

Discover the results of the Professor’s research through an itinerant performance in the exclusive natural private foundation of NIROX and sip some wine while eating a tasty French gourmet lunch in the bush!!!

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Wednesday 20 April @ 2.30pm: Mamelodi High School Music Pavilion (Pretoria) | Free

Thursday 21 April @ 11.00am: Church Square (Pretoria) | Free

Friday 22 April @ 3.00pm: Alexandra Community Centre (Johannesburg) | Free

Saturday 23 April @ 2.00pm: KYP (Kliptown Youth Project) Community Center (Kliptown, Soweto) | Free

Sunday 24 April @ 3.00pm: Thabisong Youth Club (Soweto) | Free

Saturday 30 April @ 3.00pm: Portuguese Youth Day @ Associação da Comunidade Portuguesa de Pretória (Pretoria West) | R20

A series of concerts and happenings featuring Drumming Grupo De Percussão will bring a musical vibe to selected public spaces in Gauteng… Geared towards contemporary music and with open doors to all the worlds of sound, this percussion band synthesizes the evolution of percussion in Europe and, by divulging the central works of contemporary music, contributes to the never-ending creation of new programmes and to the constant challenge to musical innovation.
Image © Susana Neves


Arts on Main, 264 Fox Street, City & Suburban, Johannesburg

Main Street Life, 282 Fox Street, City & Suburban, Johannesburg

Alliance française of Pretoria, 99 Rivier Street, Sunnyside, Pretoria

NIROX foundation

INFORMATION & UPDATES | 011 403 0458 |

A EUNIC SA project presented by the Embassy of Portugal in South Africa, the Embassy of Spain in South Africa and the French Institute of South Africa in association with NIROX, Arts on Main, Main Street Life, the Alliance française of Pretoria, the Institut Français and the EU Delegation.

publie le 30/06/2014

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