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ISIGQI SASEMZANSI (article first published : 2007-10-9)

Isigqi Sasemzansi was originally seen in the Pieter Scholtz Open Air Theatre at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in March, 2007 (see review in Dance Archives).

Isigqi Sasemzansi (which translates to mean "Rhythms Of The South"), is the award-winning Flatfoot Dance Company's returned performance offering and is quite simply a stunning visual and danced spectacular that celebrates all forms of rhythm. Featuring collaborative choreography between Lliane Loots and the five resident Flatfoot dancers themselves, this 65 minute work is sure to delight and dazzle.

Opens to the powerful rhythms of traditional African ngoma and ndlamu, Isigqi Sasemzansi then quickly travels through the South African landscape of dance forms that use rhythm as a base. 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, offering some contemporary dance to make audiences shout and cheer for more!

Flatfoot is also delighted to be collaborating with the Woodpecker Percussionists whose master drummer, Mandla Matsha, worked in African Footprints. The Woodpeckers provide rhythm and music that makes all collective African hearts sing with joy. These drummers are some of the finest musicians in South African and layer Isigqi Sasemzansi to create an unforgettable theatre experience at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre.

Performances from October 9 to 11 nightly at 18h00 with an extra performance on October 10 at 11h00. Tickets R30 (R20 students and scholars) booked on 031 260 3133 (office hours 09h00 to 16h00)




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