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GOULDIE NEW WORK (article first published : 2003-10-16)

Hot on the heels of the success of Grass Gardens and New Age Circus, Fantastic Flying Fish Dance Company’s Resident Choreographer, David Gouldie in collaboration with the Durban Institute of Technology’s Drama Department, will present an exciting new work entitled I closed my eyes to stop the sky from falling at the Courtyard Theatre from October 7 to 11.

This fresh, contemporary work offers the audience an exciting journey into the world of dance, exploring the roads travelled by everyday South Africans and the celebrations and hardships endured along the way. The work also attempts to explore some of the complicated history of oppression which South Africans carry and they continue to survive and dance to the beat, be it old or new.

I closed my eyes to stop the sky from falling was conceived in collaboration with students of the DIT’s Department of Drama Studies and showcases the exciting new talent nurtured by the department. Using varied dance languages and traditions, the piece is a work of evolution and fusion, creating a cutting-edge, visual feast of new dance.

Dance guru Adrienne Sichel has characterised Gouldie as:” … a master at mixing moving metaphors…. into imaginatively contemporary dynamics” (Sunday Independent, September 7 2003).

In addition to offering a platform for young dance talent, Gouldie has also included original text written by several of the students. This is interwoven with dance and gesture to create a tapestry of personal stories, exploring the issue of the politics of the body, and offering a fascinating medium for observing identities, cultural influences, and contemporary dance as an art form.

The production also boasts the talent of Durban’s award-winning lighting designer, Michael Broderick, and sets and costumes by Lovell Southey and David Gouldie. Those who enjoy Red Eye @rt and JOMBA! should not miss this one!

I closed my eyes to stop the sky from falling is presented for a strictly limited season at the Courtyard Theatre on the Steve Biko Campus of the Durban Institute of Technology, from October 7 to 11. Tickets R25 (R15 students and scholars) booked through Computicket. More information on 031 204 2532.




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