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BRITAIN AND DURBAN DANCE (article first published : 2000-07-23)

Running until September 2, Britain Dancing with Durban is part of Britain and South Africa Dancing, a British Council initiative to support dance exchange between South Africa and the United Kingdom in 1999 and 2002.

Paul Douglas, a choreographer with over 20 years' experience and the director of the London-based Small Bones Dance Company, was formerly a dancer with London Contemporary Dance Theatre, Rambert Dance Company and a founder member of the Siobhan Davies Dance Company. His choreography is described as “wonderfully intricate, taking the body in surprising new directions with a weighted, elastic movement language”. Paul Douglas will spend the month of August with Fantastic Flying Fish Dance Company developing a work which will be premiered on the opening night of the Jomba! dance festival (see separate article).

Sasha Roubicek, dancer with the Siobhan Davies and Small Bones Dance Companies, has extensive teaching experience with a number of leading UK and European companies. She will offer a valuable training opportunity for professional dancers in the KZN through a series of workshops and classes with the Siwela Sonke Dance Theatre, Flatfoot Dance Company and the Floating Outfit Project.

Britain and South Africa Dancing is a three-year British Council initiative to support dance exchange between the two countries. Each year the scheme will embrace up to ten projects spanning the fields of professional dance practice, education and community arts. The British Council will officially launch the second year of the project at the opening performance of the Shobana Jeyasingh Dance Company at Jomba! on August 24.

Considered one of the UK's most exciting and groundbreaking choreographers, Shobana Jeyasingh has spent the past ten years creating a unique dance language that expresses her personal British/Indian identity, using the Indian classical dance from Bharata Natyam as her starting point. The Shobana Jeyasingh Dance Company will combine a series of performances at Jomba! with a programme of education work and master classes. The culmination of the workshops will be performed in the matinee performance on August 26. More details of the workshop from Lliane Loots on (031) 260-3133.

For copies of the Britain Dancing with Durban full programme or more details of the project, contact Amanda Jones on (031) 305-7356 or e-mail: amanda.jones@britishcouncil.org.za




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