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MOVING INTO DANCE MOIPATONG FOR JOMBA! (article first published : 2008-06-23)

The Centre for Creative Arts in Durban, in a focused one-week long festival, is presenting a series of local, national and international dance theatre performances, dance workshops and conferences that explore the development of young dancers and dance audiences. The Ukukula Komdanso festival offers a professional dance platform that celebrates youth dance and youth culture.

The acclaimed Johannesburg-based Moving into Dance Moipatong company has been invited to present works at the festival on June 27 and 28. These works have been carefully selected with a youth dance audience in mind and will feature new choreographic works by the multi-award winning choreographer and MIDM graduate, Gregory Maqoma and MIDM founder Sylvia Glasser.

Flesh, choreographed by Gregory Vuyani Maqoma, is a work inspired by Japanese spirituality, philosophy, rituals and discipline in line with the spiritual healers and prophets of Southern Africa. Stripped of all excess, the work is based on the minimal aspects of unencumbered flesh. Flesh will be performed by MIDM dancers Fana Tshabalala, Faith Maseko, Sonia Radebe, Muzi Shili, Itumeleng Hlapane and Thabo Rapoo.

A second work by Maqoma, Ek sê … hola! will also be on the programme. This work challenges the notion of urban dance forms by blending them with contemporary classical Western music and creating a new vocabulary that is uniquely South African. Performed by company dancers Fana Tshabalala, Faith Maseko, Sonia Radebe, Muzi Shili, Itumeleng Hlapane and Thabo Rapoo and trainees Tsogo Tshephe and Thembekile Setiabi.

An extract from Sylvia Glasser's award-winning, full-length work Blankets of Shame, which premiered in 2006 to critical acclaim, will be presented. Sonia Radebe and Thabo Rapoo dance the lover's duet in the sanctity of their bedroom before their lives are shattered by indescribable violence.

The festival will also host a Master Class with Gregory Maqoma on June 28 from 09h00 to 11h00.

On June 29, a one day mini-conference “Thinking about youth dance and dance education: lessons in ways forward” will feature the Dutch dance company INTRODANS's educational expert, Adriaan Luteijn, Lliane Loots from Flatfoot Dance Company and Patricia Opondo who runs the African Music and Dance Programme on UKZN campus.

Gregory Maqoma from Vuyani Dance Theatre and David April, Executive Director, Moving Into Dance Moipatong are both to deliver papers. The conference runs from 09h00 to 14h30 at the CCA's new home on UKZN Howard College Campus and registration is R30. Places are limited so booking is essential. The conference is aimed at promoting good teaching practice across various styles of dance.

Ukukula Komdanso festival 2008, a festival that grows dance, runs from June 24 to 29 at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre. The Centre for Creative Arts and Jomba! is supported by funding partners HIVOS, Stichting Doen and Royal Netherlands Embassy and the Ukukula Komdanso festival is a celebratory event that offers a varied and exciting programme for all dance enthusiasts. See www.cca.ukzn.ac.za for more info. Booking through Computicket.

For conference bookings, call Maggie Reddy on 031 260 3118.




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