11 September 2017

Namibia: Rudd Stages Jacques Brel Cabaret

Lize Ehlers and Esther Fellner will be performing composer, singer and songwriter Jaques Brel's music at a cabaret event, directed by Sandy Rudd from Wednesday, 13 to Saturday, 16 September at the Warehouse Theatre at 19h00.

Ehlers and Fellner are both talented singers, who last worked together on the successful musical 'Mama Mia!'. They have remained very good friends, with Fellner sometimes performing at Ehlers' popular Song Night events.

Fellner has been singing Brel songs for many years in Europe with artists such as Heiko Reissig, Deborah Sasson and Rennee Giessen. She has also performed with the Koln Philharmonic Orchestra and the Berlin Symphony Orchestra.

Ehlers could not contain her excitement about the show and revealed that she will be singing 'Port of Amsterdam' in Afrikaans and 'Mareieke' in Flemish among other famous Brel songs.

"Esther Fellner and I will be singing some of the world-class songs written by Jacques Brel," said Ehlers. She added that Fellner will be singing songs like 'Le Quete and Ne Me Quitte Pas' among others.

"It will all be about happy, emotional and sad songs, it will all be about a celebration of emotions and stories. Above all, we will be celebrating people and love," said Ehlers.

According to Rudd, Brel's songs are as timeless as they are universal. "They demand the correction of injustices in society, they speak about the power of love, and they add a layer of gaiety to human weaknesses with self-deprecating humour."

She added that thanks to his powerful lyrics and charismatic songs, Brel will make you think, cry, and laugh. He will make you angry and he will make you fall in love.

International stars such as David Bowie, Nina Simone, Shirley Bassey and Sting have sung many of his hits. 'Ne me quitte pas' was translated into 'If You Go Away' and made famous by Frank Sinatra. 'Le Moribund' was translated into 'Seasons in the Sun' and made famous by both Terry Jacks and Westlife.

The cherry on the top of this world-class cabaret will be a special appearance by dancers Tulimelila Shityuwete and Odile Müller.

"We are looking forward to showcasing our dancing talents at the show," said Müller.

Tickets are available from events today.com and at the door of the Warehouse Theatre.

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