Alliance Française de Durban to host a salute to African goddesses

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Nosipho Mkhize will be performing at Salute African Goddess at Alliance Française de Durban.

VISIONARY dancers, Nqubeko “Cue” Ngema and Nosipho Mkhize, are assembling a stellar line up of Durban-based multi-media creatives for an afternoon of poetry, music, dance, drama, visual art, painting and design.

Salute African Goddess will take place on Saturday, August 12 from 3 pm to 6 pm at the Alliance Française de Durban at 22 Sutton Crescent, Morningside as part of the country’s Women’s Month celebrations. Continue reading

Contemporary dancers from Africa and Europe set to wow at Jomba!

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Nqubeko Ngema (left) and Njabulo Zungu will perform Mdu Mthsali’s new work, ‘Alive kids’ at Jomba!.

DANCERS from South Africa, the African continent and Europe will be showcasing their work at the 19th annual Jomba! Contemporary Dance Experience, which runs at the University of KwaZulu-Natal Howard College campus in Durban from August 23 to September 3. Continue reading

Award-winning theatre on offer in the SA Women’s Arts Fest at the Playhouse

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Mpho Osei Tutu and Ilse Klink in Scorched. Photo: Jane Berg/CuePix

AS part of its celebrations for Women’s Month in August, the Playhouse Company in Durban will present its famed South African Women’s Arts Festival (SAWAF).

Now in its 21st year, the festival, which runs from August 10 to 19, features a host of award-winning dramas, including the Naledi Award-winning productions, Suddenly The Storm and Scorched. Continue reading

Rampage Dance Company’s ‘NAACH’ celebrates different genres of dance at Durban’s Playhouse

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Performing in ‘NAACH – The Nature of Dance’ at the Playhouse are (from left) Mahika Cherry, Shivani Singh and Priyal Bhagwandass. Photo: Joanna Tang, Colourise

THE Rampage Dance Company returns to the Playhouse Theatre in Durban at 7.30 pm on Friday, August 4 with a new season of dance. NAACH – The Nature of Dance focuses on the different generations of dance in celebration of Women’s Day.  Continue reading

KZN Midlands Youth Ballet’s ‘The Ugly Duckling’ is a dance delight

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Cydney Malcolm  (back) will dance the role of Mother Duck, with (from left) Jamie Knott as the Ugly Duckling and Robyn Curry, Caitlin Pillay, Casey Nugent and Itai Mubako as Ducklings in the KZN Midlands Youth Ballet’s production of ‘The Ugly Duckling’. Photo: Keith Cameron

ESTELLE SINKINS reviews The Ugly Duckling, presented by KZN Midlands Youth Ballet, in association with Cape Town City Ballet, at the Hilton College Theatre. Continue reading

French honour for Durban dancer and choreographer, Lliane Loots

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Durban dancer, choreographer, and arts activist, Lliane Loots, has received the coveted Ordre des Arts et des Lettres from the French Government.

In acknowledgement and celebration of Loots life’s work in growing, making and supporting dance in South Africa, and in conjunction with the support she has offered to French artists visiting and working in South Africa, this Knighthood was gently and beautifully bestowed by Ambassador Christophe Farnaud on his very first visit to Durban. Continue reading

‘The Ugly Duckling’ – a perfect holiday treat for the whole family

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Cydney Malcolm  (back) will dance the role of Mother Duck, with (from left) Jamie Knott as the Ugly Duckling and Robyn Curry, Caitlin Pillay, Casey Nugent and Itai Mubako as Ducklings in the KZN Midlands Youth Ballet’s production of ‘The Ugly Duckling’. Photo: Keith Cameron

THE KwaZulu-Natal Midlands Youth Ballet’s production of The Ugly Duckling will enchant dance and theatre-lovers of all ages, making it an unmissable treat for the school holidays, writes ESTELLE SINKINS.

Running at the Hilton College Theatre from July 14 to 15, the show features 75 dancers of all ages from Pietermaritzburg and the Midlands and four dancers from the Cape Town City Ballet – former Maritzburg dancers, Stephen Underwood and Sascha Nott, Hannah Ward from Durban and Ivan Boonzaier. Continue reading