Spieël Speel – created by Zanne Stapelberg & Kathleen Tagg
Created & Produced by Zanne Stapelberg & Kathleen Tagg. Costume Design & Creation by Adriana Van Rooyen. Photos & Design by Jomar De Lange. The original musicians were Zanne Stapelberg, voice; Kathleen Tagg, music director/piano; Piet de Beer, violin; Nick Turner, guitar; Shaun Johannes, bass; Frank Paco, percussion
“Each is a small work of art of imaginative sounds and poetic lyrics. I would not be surprised if several of the songs are later included in the Afrikaans artsong treasury” – Volksblad
Kathleen’s recent work includes the full-length Afrikaans alt-cabaret Spieël Speel (Mirror Play) created with South Africa singer Zanne Stapelberg, which premiered in 2013 with a multi-city South African tour. The show features all-new original songs by Tagg and Tagg with Stapelberg- with lyrics by Afrikaans luminaries such as Hennie Aucamp, Elizabeth Eybers, Deon Meyer, Antjie Krog and Willem de Vries.
Internationally bestselling crime fiction author Deon Meyer wrote his first song lyric for soprano Zanne Stapelberg and composer-pianist Kathleen Tagg. And the foremost exponent of cabaret in South Africa, Hennie Aucamp, gave them a lyric as a gift. Both became new original songs that are part of the brand new music production Spieël Speel
Hennie Aucamp, a South African literary great who is also well-known known for his cabaret works, praises Spieël Speel as being somewhat magical in its spontaneity- and in discussing the production exclaimed:“Something akin to a miracle has taken place.” “New work, and note that it’s all in Afrikaans… presented elegantly and with humour. This cabaret does not need a preliminary run – it is as is ready for the most select audiences.”
South Africa hums, vibrates and thumps with the energy of its diverse peoples who have music central to their lives. As South African artists, Zanne and Kathleen gaze into the mirror and extract the sounds from the background of their lives.
Spieël Speel plays at the crossroads of genres. This is new music performed entirely in Afrikaans, occupying a unique musical and cultural niche, a rarefied slice of emergent South African culture. Afrikaans was forged in a cultural melting pot and has evolved into a powerful medium of expression for a diverse group of South Africans. First written in Arabic script by the Malay slave descendants perched above Cape Town’s city centre, it is a language linked with the Dutch journeymen who ended up here and, as intangible as sound is, it is an inextricable part of the South African landscape.