Fabulous new works on offer at Dance Umbrella 2017 in Johannesburg


‘Lady Lady’. Photo: Val Adamson

Durban resident, Desiré Davids, will join Gaby Saranouffi and Edna Jaime to present Lady, Lady at Dance Umbrella 2017 at the Wits Theatre in Johannesburg on  Thursday, March 2 and Friday, March 3 at 8pm.

The work presents an experience into a female universe, built up by the personal journeys of three female artists from different countries within the Southern Africa region (South Africa, Mozambique and Madagascar).

They share, search, explore and exchange their realities in order to give voice to various commonalities, challenges and images.

The show is backed by the Centre Cultural Franco-Mozambican (CCFM ) from Maputo; VAHINALA Dance Company (Madagascar);  I’TRÔTRA International Dance Festival (Madagascar) and The Floating Outfit Project South Africa.

It is supported by the National Arts Council; Support and partnerships: Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia; Swiss Agency for Development and Co-operation, Institut Francais and Institute Francis Afrique du Sud.

Dance Umbrella 2017 is a celebration of 29 years of South African contemporary danceand is presented by Dance Forum.

Other productions include:

  • On Tuesday, February 28 and Wednesday, March 1 at the Wits Theatre at 7pm: a triple bill, will feature Moving into Dance Mophatong’s Oscar Buthelezi and Sunny Boy Motau’s new works, Stuck Souls (Buthelezi), which reflects on the world today as it becomes lost in waste  and I am NoT… (Motau), which speaks to self-discovery and venturing into new and unknown spaces within ourselves. The final part of the triple bill is Vuyani Dance Theatre’s Lulu Mlangeni with the solo Page 27.
  • Tuesday, February 28 and Wednesday, March 1, at the Wits Downstairs Theatre at 8pm: Songezo Mcilizeli will premiere Perspective, which generates imagery framed within socio-political themes and commits to exploring diverse culture and evolution and it investigates everyday life scenarios, constantly re-creating the imagery via the body. At the Wits Amphitheatre at 9pm is Dawn by the Katlehong-based choreographer Lucky Kele, which explores the relationship between cultures and how we observe the traditional practices in moving time and space. It was originally created at a cultural exchange in Abidjan, Ivory Coast where cultural conversation between Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso, Nigeria and South Africa took place.
  • Thursday, March 2 and Friday, March 3 at 7pm at the Wits Amphitheatre: Fana Tshabalala collaborates with Constanza Macras/Dorky Park from Berlin, Germany with In The Heart of the Country, a physical exploration inspired by the “impossible dialogue” between blacks and whites, in JM Coetzee’s literature and Njabulo Ndebele’s book, Rediscovery of the Ordinary. This work, created in residency in Germany and South Africa, is a co-production between Constanza Macras/Dorky Park and Forgotten Angle Theatre Collaborative at Ebhudwleni Arts Centre, Mpumalanga, with funding by the TURN Fund of the German Federal Cultural Foundation, the Goethe Institut South Africa and Dance Umbrella.
  • Thursday, March 2 and Friday, March 3, at The Nunnery at 9pm: Down to Earth by Kieron Jina and Marc Philipp Gabriel is a dance duet which deals with constructed identities that are shaped by more and more complex constellations, than by merely geographical origins and social upbringing. Down to Earth is a co-production with Tanzfabrik Berlin (Germany) and University of Johannesburg Arts and Culture (Johannesburg), supported by the International Co-Production Fund of Goethe Institute (Germany) and Dance Umbrella Festival (Johannesburg).
  • Friday, March 3 and Saturday, March 4 at 6pm at the Wits Downstairs Theatre: Detritus for One by Alan Parker, a physical theatre solo work with design by Gavin Krastin. The work explores the notion of “performing the archive” and the potential ways in which performance can be used to archive past dance works for an audience in the present. Detritus for One draws together dance, spoken word, puppetry and visual image. It is funded by the National Arts Council and Dance Umbrella 2017.
  • Saturday, March 4 at 7pm and Sunday, March 5 at 2.30pm at The Wits Theatre: Cape Town choreographer Kirvan Fortuin, who has also worked in the Netherlands, will present When they Leave, a triple bill of works which will take the audience on an entertaining and interactive journey through the world of the performers.

Closing the festival on Sunday, March 5 is the Young Artists Programme where six young choreographers will present new works: Thami Tshabalala (K-Mad Dance Company); Douglas Sekete (Koketso Dance Project) and Khaya Ndlovu from 10:00 at the Wits Downstairs Theatre and Phumlani Nyanga (Vuyani Dance Theatre); Seodigeng Keaoleboga; Ashleigh Joubert, Bonwa Mbontsi and Tegan Peacock (ReRouted Dance Theatre) from 11.15am at the Wits Amphitheatre.

Tickets range from R20 to R120. Book at Computicket. For block booking discounts and programme updates, please call 011 492 2033 or email info@danceforum.co.za

Find out more at http://www.danceforumsouthafrica.co.za


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