Preview: Women artists feature in Constellations 2022, at Spier- November, 4-19 2022

Constellations at Spier 2022

Dates: November, 4 to 19, 2022
Time: 6.30pm. Arrival time 6pm
Tickets: From R200 – include a glass of Spier wine on arrival
Info about picnics and accommodation:
Age advisory: PG: No under 12s


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The third iteration of Constellations is taking place, fireside, in the farmlands at Spier Wine Estate from November, 4 to 19, 2022. Director Brett Bailey has curated the performances with a lineup of women artists. There are two routes this year, each with four stops. Ten people go on a route. For 2022, there are 40 tickets per route. All up, that makes for 80 tickets, in total, per night, for the 2022 Constellations, so bookings essential. Tickets include a glass of Spier wine, on arrival and picnics may be pre-ordered. Note – wear comfy shoes and take warm clothes as it can get chilly in the woods. Read on for more. Info as supplied:

Intimate twilight performances in the wilderness at Spier: November 4-19, 2022

Spier, in association with Third World Bunfight, presents the third iteration of Constellations which will run from November, 4 to 19 2022. Visitors can expect a series of intimate, unusual performances set in the wilderness during the mysterious ‘liminal’ period from dusk to darkness. 

Small groups of spectators are guided into the twilight on one of two routes along the banks of the Eerste Rivier. Each route links four beautiful sites in glades amongst the trees, each hosted by a ‘Guardian’: a performance artist, a dancer, a musician, a storyteller… Spectators spend 20 minutes at each of the four sites on their route: four intense bursts of colour, sound and movement in gorgeous settings.

Theatre maker Brett Bailey, who is responsible for the direction of the performing arts program at Spier, has opted to feature only women artists this year: ‘It feels right to me to orientate the 2022 production around women in their power: it brings to mind the female revellers of Dionysian celebrations in ancient Greece, and the Yoruba priestess cults of the sacred groves of Nigeria. Collectively, this company of talented, diverse and interesting women, will give spectators something very special.’

As usual, Constellations is something of a mystery tour: spectators have no idea which of the artists they will encounter on their nocturnal journey. The Guardians this year include performance artists Nico Athene, Chuma Sapotela, Lorin Sookool and Mandri Sutherland; Flamenco dancer Ché Adams; singer-musicians Zimbini Makwethu, Ncebakazi Mnukwana and California Janson.

‘Constellations is a multi-sensory, cultural encounter in the company of strangers in the depths of the woods,’ adds Bailey. ‘Like an enchanting trip into dreamland, lit by lanterns, and immersed in the sounds of frogs, insects and owls. Spectators will return to the city bathed in the power of nature, with vivid images imprinted on their minds.’

Constellations runs at Spier on Fridays and Saturdays from November 4 to 19, 2022 at 18h30 with arrival at 18h00. Tickets start at R200 per person and include a glass of Spier wine on arrival. Advance booking is required and limited seats are available via Webtickets. PG: No under 12s.

A 15% accommodation discount at the Spier Hotel is also available to ticket holders who can claim the offer by booking online with the code CONSTELLATIONS. Located only 40 minutes outside of Cape Town, Spier, one of Stellenbosch’s oldest wine farms, is the ideal winelands getaway destination with a host of leisure activities, pursuits and wholesome family experiences set against the backdrop of a unique historic werf and vineyards tended with a contemporary farming sensibility that places the earth and people |

Constellations: Performance artist, Nico Athene will be part of the lineup at Constellations, at Spier Wine Estate, November 4-19, 2022. Pic supplied.

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