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NAF DANCE (article first published : 2006-03-20)

The National Arts Festival takes place in Grahamstown from June 29 to July 8. (See story in Festivals) The Main dance programme is as follows:

Veronica Paeperís dramatic interpretation of Carmen for the Cape Town City Ballet heads up the Dance programme for Festival 2006. Georges Bizetís lush opera music is arranged for the ballet by Michael Tuffin and performed by the Johannesburg Festival Orchestra.

On the contemporary dance front, young choreographers and dancers are moving dance language into exciting new territory, celebrating the expressive power of the body in startlingly innovative ways. Winner of the Standard Bank Young Artist Award for Dance, Hlengiwe Lushaba promises to release the dancer in everybody in her compulsion to tell the stories of lived reality.

Samantha Pienaar uses details from heart surgeon Dr Chris Barnardís biography in I of Heart, an original dance drama commissioned by the Dance Factory for the Women in Arts Festival. In Beautiful Us, Gregory Maqoma uses motifs from African dance and Afro/Brazilian martial arts with text and a mix of music to lament the destruction of the environment. He performs along with six strong individualists from the Vuyani Dance Theatre Company.

In Fresh, three young post-apartheid choreographers from different regions of the country speak in movement and sound of a changing inner world that was never shackled to the past. New choreography has also reshaped the annual East Cape dance showcase.

Booking opens in May. For more information on the National Arts Festival, contact 046 603 1103/1164, fax 046 622 3082 or e-mail: naf@foundation.org.za or visit www.nafest.co.za

The Festival is supported by the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund, the Eastern Cape Government, Standard Bank, SABC and the National Arts Council.




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