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MAINLAND (article first published : 2002-07-20)

After a successful run at The Market Theatre and at 2002 Grahamstown National Arts Festival, Durban's innovative Fantastic Flying Fish Dance Company will present their latest production, Mainland: a season of dance stories at the Baxter Theatre from July 31 to August 3.

Fantastic Flying Fish Dance Company has been responsible for some of South Africa’s most contemporary and cutting-edge dance works, under the artistic directorship and leadership of Mark Hawkins and resident choreographer David Gouldie. Mainland is a collaborative double bill with David Gouldie's tri and Boyzie Cekwana’s The Suit, directed by Robert Whitehead. (Review to be found in artSMart’s Dance Archives section)

tri was choreographed on Cheryl Burger, Louise Fraquet and Vusi Thabethe to a predominantly Afrikaans score, including pieces by Ryne de Beer, Caroline du Preez, Marie van Zyl and Laurika Rauch. Gouldie’s intention with tri is to “construct abstract visual personae and attempts to reconstruct and highlight the parodies within the everyday South African stereotype”.

Boyzie Cekwana’s The Suit is just another example of his ongoing development as a choreographer since working on Shift and Ja-Nee. The piece inspired by Can Themba’s short story, directed by Robert Whitehead is a tragic tale of Philemon who catches his wife Matilda in the act of adultery. He imposes a punishment on them both, by insisting that the suit of the fleeing lover be treated as a guest in their home. The Suit is set in the 1950’s, Sophiatown’s heyday with Xoli Norman’s jazzy score reflecting the vibrancy of the period.

More information on the Baxter Theatre run from Niven Maree on 021 680-3962 or 082 446-7276.




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