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KEEPING WATCH IN MOVEMENT (article first published : 2008-06-21)

Pursuing its mission of promoting cultural diversity and artistic exchanges between South Africa, France and the African continent, the French Institute of South Africa in collaboration with the National Arts Festival present Keeping Watch in Movement at the 34th National Arts Festival.

Keeping Watch In Movement was premiered in Tours (France) in 2007 for three days and three night to great success.

The action takes place in an intimate space where two people share a moment together for a limited time: one, the witness, is watching the other, the watchman, who is moving. For a maximum of ten minutes, the watchman is in a state of movement under the attentive eyes of the witness. Then the watchman leaves, giving way to the witness who becomes the watchman and gives way to another witness. Through this chain of movement, watchmen are taking part in a silent and vigilant community.

The challenge is to create a human chain of movement for eight hours. Participants are needed to make this project a success – they do not need to be “dancers” and are free to express themselves, however they want. The essence of this project is to be in a state of existence. Whole and full, this human chain is a poetic and political commitment.

Keeping Watch In Movement, conceptualised by Bernardo Montet, dancer, choreographer and director of the Centre Chorégraphique national de Tours (France), is an invitation for participants to experience their own presence in the world with movement.

The performance will take place on July 4 from 12h00 to 20h00 at the Glennie Festival Centre. To book your slot contact the festival booking office on 046 603 168 or pop into the Monument Booking Office at the festival to sign up!

Bernardo Montet will also present his solo “Batracien, l’après-midi (Amphibian, the Afternoon)”, a meditation on memory, transformation and our limits as human beings on June 30 at 17h00 and July 1 at 12h00 and 18h00 at the Rhodes Box Theatre in Grahamstown.




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