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ISIGQI SASEMZANSI (article first published : 2007-02-18)

Isigqi Sasemzansi (which translates to mean Rhythms of the South) is the award-winning Flatfoot Dance Company’s latest performance offering and is a stunning visual and dance spectacular that celebrates all forms of rhythm. Featuring collaborative choreography between Lliane Loots and the five resident Flatfoot dancers themselves, this 70 minute work presented in the Pieter Scholtz Open Air Theatre is sure to delight and dazzle.

Isigqi Sasemzansi opens to the powerful rhythms of traditional African ngoma and ndlamu and then quickly travels through the South African landscape of dance forms that use rhythm as a base,” says Lliane Loots. “Look out for gumboot, Kwaito and pantsula like you have never seen it before! Childhood games playing with the sounds made by banging two cans together quickly turn into an orchestra of sounds and rhythms. Dancers whirl and leap and we offer some contemporary dance to make you shout and cheer for more!”

Flatfoot is also delighted to be collaborating with the Woodpecker Percussionists whose master drummer, Mandla Matsha, has just finished working with the smash-hit show African Footprints.

“The Woodpeckers provide rhythm and music that make all our collective African hearts sing with joy,” adds Lliane. “These drummers are some of the finest musicians in South African and layer Isigqi Sasemzansi to create an unforgettable theatre experience under our Durban sky.”

Isigqi Sasemzansi runs from March 6 to 10 at 19h00 in the Pieter Scholtz Open Air Theatre on the Howard College Campus of the University of KwaZulu-Natal. Tickets R35 (R25 students and scholars). Block Bookings are available for more than 10 tickets at R25 pp.

While bar and coffee bar facilities will be available, audiences are encouraged to bring their own picnic baskets Bookings on 031 260 3133 (office hours) or tickets available on the night.

Flatfoot Dance Company acknowledges the kind support of the National Arts Council.




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