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FESTIVAL DANCE (article first published : 2000-08-9)

The South African Women’s Arts Festival presented by the Playhouse Company and Transnet from August 9 to 12 offers a collage of different dance genres, featuring fresh talent as well as more established names. Performances run on August 11 at 19h00 and on August 12 at 14h00 and 19h00 in the Playhouse Drama.

Varsha Sharma, a Nateshwar Dance Academy graduate, will perform a Kathak piece entitled Kathak - an Indian dance ballet choreographed by Smeetha Maharaj. Smeetha is a well known figure in Indian dance in South Africa, and her critically-acclaimed works have been performed before presidents and on television.

In Indlamu, Tiki Nxumalo brings two dance groups together - the Vezikhona Sikolethu dance group from KwaMashu and King Shaka from Clermont - to highlight the contribution of women to traditional indlamu dance.

Singing over the Bones choreographed by Tina le Roux is based on the work of Clarissa Oinkola Estés, author of Women who run with the Wolves. The piece is a celebration of the journey that leads to the uncovering of the wild woman archetype, blending song and praise poetry with contemporary dance and physical theatre.

In a work entitled simply Pantsula, Pearl Ndaba and her team of young women bring their unique talents to the dance form. Utilising the fast footwork of the KwaMashu-based Golden Dancers, she offers pantsula and township jazz dance styles at their best.

Claire Bezuidenhout, recipient of an FNB Vita Grant for the year 2000, presents her dysfunctional work Pure and Simple, incorporating BMX riders, voodoo dolls, backpacks, ramps, and other confusing paraphernalia. Using an original score by Nikhil Singh, the piece is loosely centred on the African female identity.

Choreographer Marise Kyd of Wentworth warns audiences to be prepared for some street-wise and funky kwaito from her all-girl group in Kwaito Jive!

Featuring the Fantastic Flying Fish Dance Company, Lliane Loots’ Facing South first premiered earlier this year to critical appreciation at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre. The piece is a carefully-textured spiritual journey created in collaboration with Natal Technikon painting lecturer Virginia MacKenny who provides the stunning video visuals. Also featured are original lighting design by Lars Sørenson and music by Busi Mhlongo and Phillip Glass.

Tickets are R25 (R20 students, scholars, and pensioners). For block bookings call Mala Govender on (031) 369-9497.




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