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SHIFTING RITES (article first published : 2001-02-19)

Dance lovers will have the opportunity to enjoy an explosion of South Africa's very best contemporary dance incorporating a unique international element over two weekends in March.

Shifting Rites is presented by the Playhouse Company with assistance from The British Council and runs in the Playhouse Drama Theatre in two parts: Part I from March 22 to 24 and Part II from March 29 to 31.

Part I features Moving into Dance Mophatong and the Akram Khan Company, direct from London. Founded in 1978, the Gauteng-based Moving Into Dance Mophatong's repertory is chiefly concerned with the fusion of African movement, ritual and music with Western contemporary dance forms. The company has performed to enthusiastic audiences across the globe as well as in Africa.

In 1997, Moving into Dance Mophatong won the FNB VITA Special Achievement award "For developing a uniquely South African voice in contemporary choreography and dance, acknowledged both here and abroad." Dance critic Adrienne Sichel described their work as "a breakthrough for SA Dance as art. It is all too rare that a South African work boldly breaks new ground choreographically, aesthetically and culturally" - The Star.

Akram Khan hails from the UK and his company is brought to South Africa with the assistance of The British Council. His beautiful and compelling new dance language has attracted much attention in UK dance circles and critics describe his work as: "the next injection of impetus into British modern dance. Khan's gracefully muscular, communicative approach in Kathak fuses with his contemporary training," The Daily Telegraph.

Part II will feature Boyzie Cekwana's Floating Outfit Project, a company which has attracted a string of international engagements during the past year with performances in Paris, Reunion Island, Benin, The Netherlands, Germany, Montpellier, culminating with a tour of Africa.

Multi-award winning choreographer and dancer Boyzie Cekwana has been hailed as the wunderkind of South African dance. He has produced works in Vienna, Washington, Toronto and France, and has presented papers in New York and Cape Town, among others. In 1999 a documentary of his work was presented on the BBC's Southbank Show in England.

In 1999 he won the FNB Vita Award for the Most Outstanding Male Dancer, the FNB Vita Dance Indaba Choreographer of the Year, and first prize at the African and Indian Ocean Choreography competition in Madagascar. And now local audiences will once again get the chance to see Boyzie on stage, fresh from a month in France!

Shifting Rites is this year's hottest contemporary dance season no dance lover can afford to miss! Tickets R30 booked at TicketWeb outlets nationwide or phone 0861 400 500, credit card bookings on (031) 369-9444. Book for both parts of Shifting Rites at a reduced price of R50.




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