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FFFDC OFF TO A FLYING START FOR 2003 (article first published : 2003-01-23)

In 2002, Durban based Fantastic Flying Fish Dance Company (FFFDC) were awarded a substantial grant from the National Arts Council of South Africa (NAC) towards their running costs. This grant has enabled the company to plan their year better and also attract dancers from outside of KZN to join its ranks.

The company completed their highly successful season Baubles, Bangles & Beads, at the end of last year. After a short break they have been hard at work putting together their new full length piece Grass Gardens which will be performed together with Durban-based band, Landscape Prayers. This will be performed in February at the Sneddon Theatre and then at Oude Libertas Amphitheatre in Stellenbosch.

The new company comprises of eight highly-trained versatile dancers who were chosen from auditions held last year in Durban and in Johannesburg. Still with the company are familiar faces; Louise Fraquet, Angela Lardant, Ebrahim Medell, Quinton Ribbonaar and Vusi Thabethe. New dancers are: Diani Joubert, formerly with South African Ballet Theatre; Portia Mashigo, a dancer and choreographer who also has her own company, Lebohang Dance Project, in Johannesburg; and Musa Hlatswayo, who has just completed his BA Honours in Drama at the University of Natal (Durban) and who is a member of Flatfoot Dance Company.

The company celebrates its 5th Anniversary this year and has an exciting line-up prepared for Durban audiences.




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