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THE FAMILY AND I (article first published : 2007-10-7)

The Playhouse Company is to present The Family and I, an exciting production that has special appeal for those who enjoy the wow factor in their entertainment programmes. Staged in the Playhouse Loft, The Family and I offers energetic, funky, on the edge theatre in a spectacular celebration of diverse dance styles that superbly showcases KwaZulu-Natal’s acclaimed Siwela Sonke Dance Theatre group. The production is fused with elements of fashion, comedy and innovative multi-media technology, offering special appeal for audiences.

The Family and I is presented as part of the Playhouse Company’s series of New Stages, which gives a platform for innovative professional theatre that reflects the creativity of arts practitioners of the New South Africa. Siwela Sonke Dance Theatre fits comfortably into this ground-breaking performance arena with its longstanding reputation for creating a dance theatre language that draws from the rich variety of indigenous and contemporary dance styles of South Africa.

The Family and I is a celebration of our various dance styles, as much as a celebration of who we are, where we come from, where we live,” says Siwela Sonke manager and choreographer Eric Shabalala. “We have created this new production especially for the New Stages season at the Playhouse. It features the finely developed talent our eight Siwela Sonke company trainees, who are really excited at this opportunity to put their performance skills into practice this production.”

Siwela Sonke returns from a highly successful dancing stint in Muscat, Dubai, to celebrate their New Stages season at the Playhouse. Early booking is advised if you want to catch a performance in this short season.

The Family and I runs from October 17 to 20 with special schools performances from Wednesday to Friday at 11h00 (tickets R30) booked through Mala Govender in the Playhouse Company’s Marketing Department on 031 369 9456.

Special public evening performances will be presented October 19 and 20 at 19h00. Tickets R45 booked through Computicket on 083 915 8000 or through the Playhouse Box Office on 031 369 9540 or 031-369 9555.




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