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die waarheid oor duiwe

by Karien Sinclair

PERFORMANCE:

8:00pm 10th of March, 2022 at Gasworks Studio Theatre

1-35 Graham St, Albert Park VIC 3206

CREATED BY:

Marli van der Bijl, soprano | Karien Sinclair, composer | Lieze Swart, flute

The Truth About Doves

A beautiful collection of poetry and music performed by Marli van der Bijl, Karien Sinclair, and Lieze Swart at Gasworks Theatre on the 10th March 2022, at 8:00pm. 

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Gisela Ullyatt was a fascinating, precious person; a very spiritual human being.

Synopsis

Die Waarheid oor Duiwe (The Truth about Doves) is a musical performance for voice, piano and flute featuring thirteen poems – nine of which were set to music by Karien Sinclair – from Gisela Ullyatt’s first and only published poetry collection.

 

Gisela was an Afrikaans poet and linguist from South Africa who lost her battle with breast cancer in 2020. She was only 43. Just months before her death, she published this debut collection of poems, for which she was one of three national finalists shortlisted for the Ingrid Jonker prize for debut publications. Gisela’s poetry is hauntingly beautiful in its simplicity, often dealing with themes of loss, alienation and the frailty of human existence in a tongue-in-cheek way. The music complements these themes with a variety of styles - from soaring, emotional melodies to a more humorous and upbeat approach.

 

Die Waarheid oor Duiwe is presented as an intimate theatrical show with English surtitles, featuring the singing voice of Marli van der Bijl (soprano), accompanied on the piano by Karien Sinclair (composer) with Lieze Swart on the flute. The moving melodies transcend language barriers and are equally enjoyable for Afrikaans and non-Afrikaans speakers alike, and English audiences may find the odd recognisable tune here and there – so listen out for it. Musical numbers are interspersed with the recital of four more of Gisela’s poems, as well as a spoken piece written as a tribute to the late poet.

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Our Performers

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Marli van der Bijl

MARLI has been working as an actress-singer for the past decade and holds a Master’s degree in Drama and Theatre Arts. She has been involved in more than 30 productions across four countries.

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Karien Sinclair

Die Waarheid oor Duiwe is Karien's latest work, and is exceptionally special to her as Gisela Ullyatt was a dear friend whom she admired endlessly. Karien is happiest when she is making music with others.

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Lieze Swart

Originally from Bloemfontein, South Africa, Lieze started playing the flute at age 12. Throughout her career, she has been intensely involved in a wide range of productions, performing amongst others as flutist, backing vocalist, choreographer and coordinator.

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Special thanks to Protea Boekhuis. Copies of the original volume of Gisela Ullyat's poetry, Die Waarheid oor Duiwe, are available with Protea. 

Thanks also to Tony Ullyatt for his support and assistance with the performance and development of this project.