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FNB DANCE UMBRELLA 2004 (article first published : 2003-11-20)

The 2004 FNB Dance Umbrella takes place in the Wits Theatre and The Dance Factory in Johannesburg, and offers new works from all the top contemporary choreographers in Southern Africa.

FNB Vita Dance Umbrella is a choreographer’s festival offering an opportunity to explore and develop all emergent dance idioms. The performance schedule includes a Main, New Moves and Stepping Stones programmes, plus the premieres of pieces by the Phillip Stein Young Choreographers Grants recipients: Lliane Loots from Flatfoot Dance Company, Durban, and Portia Mashigo from Johannesburg. The latter has just won the Standard Bank Young Artist Award for Dance (see previous story on these pages).

Other highlights in the programme are new works by commissioned choreographers Vincent Mantsoe, Robyn Orlin, Boyzie Cekwana, Gladys Agulhas, Reginald Danster and Nelisiwe Xaba. Also feature is the popular Zimbabwean-based Tumbuka Dance Company.

Overseas companies who will feature in the FNB Dance Umbrella 2004 are the Gilles Jobin Dance Company from Switzerland assisted by Pro Helvetia and the Kibbutz Dance Company from Israel.

The FNB Dance Umbrella runs from February 21 to March 20, 2004. More information on 011 482 4140 or 082 570 3083 or e-mail: danceumbrella@artslink.co.za




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