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FUNK 2008 (article first published : 2008-05-10)

Now in its ninth year, Funk continues to generate tremendous excitement and has become a firm favourite on the annual school production calendar.

Funk evolved as an idea to create a dance programme for schools with very specific aims - firstly to unite schools in working towards a common goal and, secondly, to give Drama students and their teachers the opportunity to create and rehearse pieces of dance theatre for public performance. Thirdly, and perhaps most importantly of all, the aim is to enable young people to see that movement, dance and dance theatre is accessible to them and not only in the hands of professional adult dance companies.

The task for each school remains constant: to create a five to seven minute piece of dance choreography integrating any type of musical or textual accompaniment. The programme accommodates a range of choreographic and performance possibilities and provides the perfect opportunity for schools to experiment with new forms. It is also important to emphasise that this platform is not a competition and should not be seen in the same light as a sports festival or inter-house competition. Every piece on the programme is valued for its individual form and style and the overall contribution that it makes to the programme's diversity.

Funk is produced by The Theatre – St Anne’s College and The Hilton College Theatre, directed by Lynn Chemaly with technical design by David Muller, finale creation by Anton Immelman and production administration by Doreen Stanley.

Presented by The Theatre–St Anne’s College and Hilton College Theatre, Funk 2008 runs at Hilton College Theatre at 19h30 on May 10, 12, 13 and 14. Bookings on 033 383 0126.

For more information on St Anne’s activities, visit www.stannes.co.za




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