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NEW DANCE WORK (article first published : 1999-07-21)

Juanita Finestone of Grahamstown's First Physical Theatre Company has been invited by the Playhouse Company to present a new work at the South African Women's Arts Festival in August. The work entitled knowing it was a mirage made no difference is inspired in part by Samuel Beckett's short play, Come And Go and deals with three women who meet and traverse a curious landscape of nostalgia for dreams past and the “presentness” of their relationships. The economic, cryptic and cyclic Beckett text inspired the idea of carefully scripting the entire dance through breath as well as imaging the work as a state rather than a narrative.

The work contains video footage by Grahamstown artist, Tanya Poole titled Ghost and Medusa, filmed in 1998 which involved a collaboration with Finestone. She performed the watery figure submerged in a hydrostatic tank and was fascinated by the ability of the footage to generate a host of visual images that constantly shifted between content (images of a female body immersed in water) and form (where the images became unrecognisable as human form).

knowing it was a mirage made no difference will be performed by Port Elizabeth dancer, Helen Seaman, Grahamstown's Sheena Stannard, and Brink Scholtz - a post-graduate student at the Rhodes University Drama Department. Performances take place on August 7 at 14h00 and 19h30 at The Playhouse.


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