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Franse mimiekmeester, John Jacobs, te sien in paasfeesproduksie by KKNK, “MY PASSIE VIR JESUS”

Franse mimiekmeester, John Jacobs, te sien in paasfeesproduksie by KKNK, “MY PASSIE VIR JESUS”
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Suid-Afrikaanse gebore Franse mimiekmeester, John Jacobs, is terug in sy geboorteland om by die jaarlikse KKNK op te tree in ‘n splinternuwe Paasfees produksie, MY PASSIE VIR JESUS.  John tree op by die Laerskool Wesbank saal op die volgende dae: 11 Apr (11:30); 12 Apr (09:00); 13 Apr (17:30); 14 Apr (11:30) en 15 Apr (14:00).  Besprekings by Computicket 0861 915 8000.  MY PASSIE VIR JESUS word aangebied met die vriendelike samewerking van Stuttaford van Lines, RSG en Sounds Good.  Gaan loer gerus na www.johnjacobs.co.za

John Jacobs was vir jare die voorloper in sy pa se Klopse Troep in Distrik Ses en die klein mannetjie kon van klein tyd al baie goed dans.  Met sy besondere danstalent het prof Mavis Taylor van UCT vir John raakgesien en het vir hom ‘n dansbeurs by ‘n Franse Dansskool in Parys, Frankryk, gereël.  As jong 14 jarige student, beland John in Parys en klop aan by die adres wat hy gedink het die spesifieke dansskool is.  Later sou dit bekend raak dat hy by die verkeerde skool ingestap het, want die skool waar hy hom aangemeld het, was die Mimiekskool van die wêreldbekende Marcel Marceau.  Marceau is egter so beïndruk met Jacobs se bewegingsvermoë, maar ook met sy natuurlike aanvoeling en talent vir die mimiek.  Hy het onmiddellik met die dansskool in verbinding getree en ‘n oorplasing vir Jacobs na sy skool aangevra.  So neem Marcel Marceau vir John Jacobs onder sy vlerk en reël hom die fynere kuns van klassieke mimiek in die Marcel Marceau styl en –tegniek.  Na vele jare saam met Marceau betoon hy vir Jacobs die besondere eer om hom amptelik die titel van Mimiekmeester toe te ken.

“MY PASSIE VIR JESUS is my persoonlike verhaal,” sê John Jacobs.  “Hierdie produksie is seker die mees eerlikste en mees persoonlike produksie wat ek nog ooit aangepak het.  Dit vertel my eie verhaal (natuurlik alles in mimiek) van voortvarendheid, die lewe van ‘n bekende kunstenaar in Europa tot my eie worsteling en uiteindelike bekeringstog. In hierdie produksie gaan dit baie meer oor Jesus as oor John Jacobs en juis daarom is dit ook vir my so ‘n eer om juis PASSIE te kom opvoer gedurende Paasfees.”    Hy vertel verder dat hy ‘n lang pad met Frans Swart, regisseur en mede-skrywer van MY PASSIE VIR JESUS gestap het.  “Dit was werklik ‘n ontdekkingstog en uiteindelike oorwinning om hierdie produksie op die planke te kon kry.”

“In Suid-Afrika ken ons ongelukkig net die mimiekkunstenaar wat tjoepstil in ‘n winkelsentrum staan en dan ‘n stupid beweging maak,” sê regisseur Frans Swart.  “Ek het my jare gelede verstom oor die ongelooflike mimiek wat mens in Europa sien.  Mimiek is juis so ontsettend kragtig omdat almal dit verstaan en jy nie taal nodig het om dit te verstaan nie.  Toe ek jare gelede vir John Jacobs raakgeloop het, het ek besef die man moet baie meer in Suid-Afrika optree as wat tans die geval is.  Dit is dus werklik lekker om hom weer in die land te hê om by KKNK op te tree,” sê Swart.

John Jacobs het vele internasionale toekennings verower, maar hy is veral trots op die Herrie Kanna-toekenning wat hy by die KKNK in 2002 verower het en ook die Kanna-toekenning vir die beste Dans- en bewegingsteaterproduksie in 2003.  John het Suid-Afrika ook verlede jaar by die Internasionale Mimiekfees in Armenia verteenwoordig waar die mimiekbedryf van die wêreld gaande was oor sy talent.  (Sien volledige mediavrystelling oor hierdie Fees hieronder)

“Dis so lekker om terug te wees in my geboorteland en ek hoop almal by die KKNK kom kyk na MY PASSIE VIR JESUS,” sê John Jacobs.

MIME MASTER, JOHN JACOBS, REPRESENTS SOUTH AFRICA AT THE INTERNATIONAL MIME FESTIVAL IN ARMENIA

South African’s own Mime Master, John Jacobs, will be representing South Africa at the Leonid Yengibaryan International Mime Festival in Tsakhkadzor in Armenia from 10-15 August 2016.  John Jacobs was born in South Africa, but lived and worked in Paris, France for the last 20 years.  He studied under the well-known Mime Master, Marcel Marceau where he qualified and also worked under Marceau for a number of years.  Marceau also bestowed the title of Mime Master upon Jacobs.

This International Mime Festival is presented by the Ministry of Culture, National Theatre Art Association, Municipality of Tsakhkadzor and Yerevan State Pantomime Theatre.  “Mime is the most difficult and unique genre of dramatic art, comprehensible for all people despite nationalities and religions. The goal of the International Mime Festival is to make widely available the best practices of international Mime. It’s object is to create co-operation between world’s theatrical and cultural organizations,” says Zhirair Dadasyan, Director of the Yerevan State Pantomime Theater and Organiser of the Festival.  He also said that they are very excited to have John Jacobs at the Festival.  “This is the first time ever that we had a representative from South-Africa and from Africa.”

John Jacobs said he is very honored to represent South Africa at this International Mime Festival.  “Although I have been living and working in France and Europe for the last 20 years, South Africa is still my home country and I am so proud to be here in Armenia as a South African.  The standard is very high as the art form of Mime is well known and practiced here in Armenia and through the rest of Europe.”

The International Mime Festival in Tsakhkadzor, Armenia, was openend by the unveiling of a monument to Leonid Yengibaryan, the famous mime and circus actor. The International Mime Festival is also named after Leonid Yengibaryan for his dedication of many years to promote the art form of Mime.  The sculptor David Minasyan designed and sculpted the monument. Armenia’s Prime Minister Tigran Sargsyan attended the ceremony. Speaking at the ceremony, the sculptor noted that it was a pleasure to create Leonid’s sculpture.

Zhirair Dadasyan, Director of the Yerevan State Pantomime Theater, told journalists that both young and old love Leonid Yengibaryan. “He is a unique phenomenon in our people’s history. Throughout his life he was a preacher of love, kindness and light,” Dadasyan said.

Tsakhkadzor Mayor Garun Mirzoyan said that the local residents consider it great honor to host the festival and so many guests. “We cannot imagine an international mime festival without our Leonid and his art. The new monument is a tribute of respect to the great actor,” Mirzoyan said.
Tsakhkadzor , where the festival is held, is a modern mountainous resort, located at the height of 1845 m. above the sea level. The name “Tsakhkadzor” translates as “flowers’ valley” as the great numbers of different flowers grow here, green meadows are magnificent, and this is really a “paradise”, where the summer is cool and winter is soft and autumn is unanimously recognized as the Golden Season.

Jacobs said it is a wonderful experience to participate in this International Mime Festival.  “The Armenian people are really so hospitable and friendly.  It feels to me that I am back in SA!”

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