AFTER 17 years at the Hilton College Theatre, Funk is moving to the Hexagon Theatre at the Pietermaritzburg campus of the University of KwaZulu-Natal.
Hosted by The Theatre – St Anne’s College, the annual schools dance extravaganza takes place at 7.30 pm pon May 6, 7, 9, 10 and 11. Tickets are R70 at Computicket.
This year’s participating schools are Carter, Epworth, Girls High School, Hilton College, Howick High School, Maritzburg Christian School, Maritzburg College, Russell Girls’ High, St Anne’s, St John’s, St Nicholas and The Wykeham Collegiate.
Funk evolved as an idea to create a dance programme for schools with very specific aims:
- to unite schools in working towards a common goal;
- to give drama students and their teachers the opportunity to create and rehearse pieces of dance theatre for public performance;
- to enable young people to see that movement, dance and dance theatre is accessible to them and not only in the hands of professional adult dance companies;
- and to generate meaning and artistic integrity through dance choreography whilst challenging young people to work outside of their comfort zones.
The programme accommodates a range of choreographic and performance possibilities and provides the perfect opportunity for schools to experiment with new forms.
It is also important to emphasise that this platform is not a competition, and should not be seen in the same light as a sports festival or inter-house competition.
The task for each school remains constant: to create a six-minute piece of dance choreography integrating any type of musical or textual accompaniment.
The highlight of the production is always the mass group Finale which incorporates all the schools together on the stage.
Funk 2016 is directed by Lynn Chemaly, and the finale by Arum Bydawell. The show is technically managed and administrated by the Hexagon Theatre.