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MILLENNIUM FUNK (article first published : 2003-04-21)

Now in its fourth year, Millennium Funk is directed by Lynn Chemaly of St Anne's. A joint project of the St Anne's and Hilton College theatres, it has evolved as an idea to create a dance programme for schools with very specific aims.

Firstly, it unites Pietermaritzburg schools in working towards a common goal. Secondly, it gives drama teachers and their pupils the opportunity to create and rehearse pieces of dance theatre for public performance. Thirdly, and perhaps most importantly, it enables young people to see that movement, dance and dance theatre is accessible to them and not only in the hands of professionals.

The task for each school is to create a five-seven minute piece of dance choreography in any movement form or style and integrating any type of musical or textual accompaniment. The programme accommodates a range of choreographic and performance possibilities and provides the perfect opportunity for schools to experiment with new forms.

Millennium Funk is in no way whatsoever a competition. Every piece is values for the diversity it gives to the programme. a finale provides the opportunity for all the schools to create one mass piece of dance.

Millennium Funk runs at Hilton College Theatre from May 12 to 15. All bookings on 033 343 0126




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