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DANCEFORCE (article first published : 2000-03-10)

In their latest production DanceForce Fantastic Flying Fish Dance Company will demonstrate how dance can transcend from one era to another and still remain topical. The legendary classical dance solo The Dying Swan will be danced in its purist form by Mary-Ann de Wet. This will be followed by two new versions performed to new compositions by Trevor Harper and David Smith.

DanceForce, which runs at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre from April 8 to 20, will also feature work by FFFDC artistic director Mark Hawkins (Jizai) and award-winning resident choreographer David Gouldie (When the shadows of your past have finally faded)

Working with the company for the first time, movement lecturer Lliane Loots will create a new work on four FFFDC members. Titled Facing South, this will be a collaborative work with Durban-based artist Virginia MacKenny who will design the set. The work will explore the conditions of living in the south of Africa and the spiritual journeying into landscape and identity. Two new classical/neo-classical dance works will be choreographed by David Gouldie and Dudley van Loggenburg.

There are three schools matinees. These will be preceded by a pre-performance chat giving pupils a brief history of dance and describing what they will see and followed by a question and answer session between the pupils, choreographers and dancers. The season will also feature specialised dance lighting by Lars Sorrenson from Denmark whose visit has been sponsored by the Danish Centre for Culture and Development. Lars Sorrenson will also present a workshop in association with the Centre for Creative Arts whilst he is in Durban.

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