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IMBUMBA 2004 (article first published : 2004-01-26)

KZN Dance Link, supported by The Playhouse Company, presents their annual showcase production: Imbumba 2004 at the Playhouse on February 21 and 22.

The annual dance showcase – which is now in its fifth year – highlights the wealth of dance talent that KZN has to offer. The impressive line up of performers in Imbumba 2004 includes Durban's best-known and loved dance companies and covers the complete range of dance styles represented in this province. Imbumba 2004 is a forum to demonstrate the skills, innovation and talent to be found among the ranks of KZN Dance Link: the region’s dance body. The membership of KZN Dance Link has grown so much that there will be two different programmes over the two days to accommodate the vast amount of talent from this region.

The production will feature special guests: Fantastic Flying Fish Dance Company and Siwela Sonke Dance Theatre (February 21) and Phenduka Dance Company and Flatfoot Dance Company (February 22).

Interspersed with exciting new works from the region’s major studios, over both days the programme will feature older dancers from the studios of Minette de Klerk, Mary Ann Salvage, and Vasugi Singh, and younger dancers from the same three studios. Both pieces to be showcased have been choreographed by Gerard Samuel. There are also studios from Pietermaritzburg and Howick who will be participating – two fusion pieces one between Indian Classical and Irish tap choreographed by Kantharuby Munsamy and Domaine Keyser and the second between Indan and contemporary choreographed by Natya Sudhamayi Kumari Yshrene, Kumari Evashnee, Kantharuby Munsamy and Debbie le Roux.

The second half of the programme will be the impressive full performance of Dance for Youth, choreographed by Phenduka Dance Theatre, with music by Hlanganani Traditional Orchestra, featuring 100 young people from Phenduka Training Programme, Shwibeka, Uyaba, Hlanganani, Cato Manor Vibe!!, Nateshwar Dance Academy, Lecia Hale, LeftFeet First, and the children from Durban Children's Home and God's Golden Acre in Cato Ridge (a home for orphaned and abandoned children in Cato Ridge). The piece was first performed at God's Golden Acre for Youth Day 2003.

Imbumba 2004 will take place in The Playhouse Drama Theatre on February 21 and 22 at 15h00. The support of The Playhouse Company is acknowledged with much gratitude. Tickets are R35 (R25 for under 16’s) booked through Computicket on 011 340 8000 or Dial A Seat on 031 4699444 or available at the door from 14h00 prior to both performances.




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