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A FISH OUT OF WATER (article first published : 2008-05-4)

“A Fish out of Water”, is the award-winning Durban based Flatfoot Dance Company’s New performance offering. With the astute and politically charged choreographic talents of Lliane Loots, and the six resident dancers combining talents with internationally acclaimed hip-hop poets Iain ewok Robinson and Nathan King B. Redpath, “A Fish out of Water” aims to take audiences on a dance theatre journey that will echo in their head and hearts long after the applause is over.

A Fish Out Of Water tells the story of contemporary South Africans delving into the very personal lives of the performers and the choreographer whose life stories echo our own concerns and issues,” explains Lliane Loots. “As we watch these performance stories unfold, we begin to understand why we all feel like ‘fish out of water’, wanting to slip back into the element that allows us to breath, and to be fully human again.

“This dance work began out of a question that I have recently been asking myself often, and then went on to ask the dancers. I wanted to know what it is in us that makes us feel ‘buried’, and what would allow us to surface again – especially at this moment in our South African history. This is a difficult and painful question but one that allowed me and the dancers to begin the journey of this work.

“I have always asked a lot of the dancers I work with – we do not simply come to the studio and learn steps as we start a new choreography. We navigate our most personal selves in rehearsals and only then do we begin to dance together. If we ask an audience to travel with us when they come to watch the dance we create, then we must put in the emotional work as well.”

Lliane Loots is also sharing the choreographic platform with the dancers for this work saying, “while I provide the parameters and the conceptual underpinning of the work, in a way the work is ‘my vision’, but the process of choreographing and creating is shared by all of us in on the performance side, this includes the two amazing poets and sound masters ewok and King B”.

As this multi-layered dance theatre work begins, using original word rhyme from ewok and King B, tender and thought-provoking video installations from Karen Logan, and some extra-ordinary contemporary dance, the audience is set to navigate an experience that also asks them what they might need to ‘surface’ again.

Performances take place from April 30 to May 4 at 19h30 at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre in Durban to be followed by two performances in Pietermaritzburg at the Hexagon Theatre on May 15 and 16. Tickets R70 (R35 students, scholars and pensioners). The work is 70 minutes with no interval.

Booking at Computicket for the Durban performances and on 033 260 5537 for the Pietermaritzburg performances.

Flatfoot Dance Company would like to acknowledge the National Arts Council of South Africa and HIVOS for financial support towards keeping the dance company alive, and making this performance (and all its youth dance development work) possible.




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