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DANCEFORCE (article first published : 2000-04-3)

Since the Fantastic Flying Fish Company’s successful Fintastic season at the Pieter Scholtz Open Air Theatre at the University of Natal, they have appeared at the FNB Vita Dance Umbrella in Johannesburg before returning home to add a touch of theatrical excitement to SeaWorld’s Liquid Blue fashion extravaganza.

FFDC will present a lively new season of dance with DanceForce at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre from April 8 to 20. The season features the work of two choreographers working with the company for the first time. Dudley von Loggenberg, well-known dance teacher and former Festival Ballet (London) principal dancer, will stage the Pas de Trois from Act 3 of Le Corsaire. Another first comes from University of Natal movement lecturer Lliane Loots who has teamed up with top Durban artist Virginia MacKenny to produce a new work titled Facing South which sees six pilgrims journeying into what it means to live in the South of Africa.

Durban lovers of dance adore Mary-Ann de Wet – and for good reason – so her performance in its purist form of the 19th century classic The Dying Swan should be a major attraction. This work, made famous by Anna Pavlova and taken from Saint-Saëns’ Carnival of the Animals, will be followed by two completely different interpretations of the same piece. Following his highly acclaimed Kenshin in 1992, FFFDC artistic director Mark Hawkins created Jizai - both inspired during a period he spent in Japan observing Botoh, Kabuki and Noh theatre. Jizai, which means "freedom" in Japanese, is an interpretation of those styles of theatre which focus strongly on imagery.

DanceForce will include two works by FFFDC’s provocative resident choreographer David Gouldie. These are a collaborative work with Tamlyn Martin looking at artists' positions in a transforming society titled when the shadows of your past have finally faded which was recently seen at the FNB Vita Dance Umbrella and a new classic piece choreographed to music by Satie.

After last year’s visit as part of the Shuttle '99 project, Danish lighting expert Lars Egegaard Sørensen returns to South Africa to design the lighting for DanceForce - particularly the pieces in which light plays an integral part: Jizai and when the shadows of your past have finally faded. The University of Natal's Centre for Creative Arts will host workshops on lighting with Lars for technicians, students and interested members of the public. More details from Peter on (031) 209-0142.

Book at Computicket, phone (031) 304-2753 (credit cards) or book directly on http://www.computicket.com. ”Monday Madness!!” performances on April 10 and 17 offer tickets at R25 throughout the house.




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