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INSPIRED BY BACH (article first published : 2001-04-29)

Flatfoot Dance Company, housed and supported by the University of Natalís drama and performance studies programme, is fast developing a name for itself as a training ground for up and coming contemporary dancers of excellence.

This season, inspired by Bach sees the 2001 Flatfoot company working alongside five award-winning South African choreographers. Using the music of J.S. Bach as the inspiration and starting point, the five invited choreographers have created an evening of delight where the layered rhythms and complex music of Bach is explored in relationship to contemporary dance.

Working with Flatfoot for the first time are three ex JazzArt members Sifiso Kweyama, Sbonakaliso Ndaba and Ondine Bello who are part of the newly formed Durban-based Phenduka Dance Theatre. Both Sifiso and Sbonakaliso have created new works for this season. Working alongside Lliane Loots, Flatfootís artistic director, Ondine and Sbonakaliso will create and dance in a work entitled Sarabande for a Journey which uses Bachís cello suites to explore the relationship of three South African women as they journey through their lives.

Artistic director of Siwela Sonke Dance Theatre, Jay Pather, has also produced a piece for Flatfoot that plays with the delight and complexities of the dancerís own movement patterns in an inter-cultural South African dance space.

Resident choreographer for Fantastic Flying Fish Dance Company, David Gouldie, has created measuring up which plays humorously with the cross rhythms of Bachís music.

All the works in inspired by Bach have been crafted especially for the confines of the University of Natalís Square Space Theatre. The season runs from May 2 to 6 at 19h00. Tickets R15 (R10 students and scholars) available at the door.

More details from Lliane Loots on (031) 260-1142 or e-mail: lootsl@nu.ac.za




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