What: | at the courtyard | presents Jannie Du Toit
Bonjour Monsieur Brel
Jannie du Toit sings the songs of Jacques Brel in French, English, Afrikaans and Dutch
Jacques Brel: Music and original French texts
Vocals and guitar: Jannie du Toit
Susan Mouton: Cello
Chanie Jonker: Piano and accordion
Juanita Swanepoel: Compilation of songs and texts
Arrangements: Matthys Maree and Clinton Zerf
In this production, Jacques Brel's famously imaginative texts are sung in four languages ??and accompanied by a musical ensemble of the highest order. Jannie du Toit has for decades been in high regard as an interpreter of Brel and a foremost exponent of excellence in vocal art. He sang his first interpretations of Brel in 1988 in the production VAN BERLYN TOT BAPSFONTEIN in CLUB’58, Hillbrow, co-starring Laurika Rauch. Thereafter Brel songs were part of his trade mark - many of his productions featuring exceptional favourites. In the early nineties he became known particularly for his rendition of Madeleine.
Brel’s passionately haunting songs, which showcase his unique take on the human condition, are the focus of the programme. Just as the works of classical composers, and indeed all great art, the excerpts from his visionary writings are timeless. His brilliance emerges equally in all four languages ??- a testament to his unrivaled gift of expression as the greatest chansonnier of the 20th century.
Jannie has established himself as exponent of Brel chansons since the late eighties. His first performances of Brel was in Club ’58, Hillbrow, in the cabaret Van Berlyn tot Bapsfontein (1988) with Laurika Rauch. Brel numbers were included in many of his shows ever since and most recently in Brel in Brooklyn (2010), again with Laurika. Christa Steyn – Jannie’s pianist for 25 years who sadly passed away since - and Sergio Zampolli on accordion were the accompanists. Two Brel songs – Madeleine and Liefde van later – became trademarks of Jannie’s shows during the nineties and lately his renditions of some original French versions – La Valse and Il Neige sur Liège – also met with high acclaim from critics.
Your seats will be reserved for you, we set tables to make sure all guests have the best view and sound possible. We have a limited amount of non dining tickets available and these are only available in orders of 2.
No under 18's. No pets
Please be reminded that this is a theatre-style show.
Please be considerate of those around you by holding personal converstations for the break or after the show