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FNB DANCE UMBRELLA 2004 (article first published : 2004-02-16)

Durban dance personalities Boyzie Cekwana, Lliane Loots and Sbonakaliso Ndaba will appear in the 16th FNB Dance Umbrella, runs from February 21 to March 20, 2004. The event will be presented at The Wits Theatre; The Dance Factory; the Johannesburg Art Gallery and Gallery MOMO. This annual festival of contemporary choreography and dance will feature 20 programmes offering traditional African dance to international dance companies. Also featured are new works by ten commissioned South African choreographers and five international companies.

The festival opens at Sandton Square (February 21 at 20h00 and 21h00) with a site-specific work entitled Screen Factor 8 choreographed by Sue-Pam Grant and featuring dancers from Moving Into Dance Mophatong Company.

A new collaborative work Portraits by Johannesburg-based Gladys Agulhas and London-based Jane Sekonya will be presented in The Wits Theatre (February 25 and 26 at 20h00). This is the main commissioned work for the FNB Dance Umbrella 2004. Also featuring on the programme is Cut choreographed by internationally-renowned choreographer, Boyzie Cekwana.

Programme 4 (February 27 and 28 at 19h00) takes place at Gallery Momo. Infections of the Void: City Without Walls/Shopping Baroque is a new collaborative work by artist Rodney Place and choreographer Boyzie Cekwana. Originally created through a residency in Graz, Austria, Rodney Place will further develop this work which will incorporate installation work and dance.

Programme 6 (March 2 and 3 at 20h00) is The Moebius Strip a work by Swiss choreographer Gilles Jobin. Presented at The Dance Factory, this work is presented at FNB Dance Umbrella with assistance from Pro-Helvetia. The work is a metaphor for the movement of life, expressing a transition. Programme 7 at The Wits Theatre (March 4 and 5) presents Spectacularly Empty by Faustin Linyekula, who is based in Kinshasa. This work is presented with assistance from the French Institute of South Africa.

Programme 8 (March 5 and 6 at 18h00) at the Johannesburg Art Gallery features Robyn Orlin’s the babysitting series (part 2), a work that originally premiered in Berlin, Germany. This work has been commissioned by the FNB Dance Umbrella 2004 and is presented in collaboration with the Johannesburg Art Gallery and the Inner City Development Project.

Programme 9 (March 6 at 19h30 and March 7 at 14h30) at The Wits Theatre is New Moves which features young up and coming choreographers which includes Zwelethu Sebolai, Thabo Rapoo and Durban-based Hlengiwe Lushaba who attended the first Dance Forum Residency late last year. Programme 10 (March 16 at 14h30 and March 7 at 18h00) offers Fresh Moves at the Dance Factory.

Programme 11 (March 8 and 9 at 19h30) at The Dance Factory is jam-packed with some of South Africa’s hottest choreographers. Bailey Snyman from Grahamstown shares the space with Moya Michael, who is currently based in London with the Akram Khan Company. Commissioned choreographer Nelisiwe Xaba will present No Strings Attached 2. Others on the programme are Natalie Fisher and Carly Dibikoane.

Programme 12 (March 10 and 11 at 19h30) at The Wits Theatre highlights a new commissioned work by Reginald Dunster and three works from Harare-based Tumbuka Dance Company. Other choreographers include Durban-based Sibonakaliso Ndaba, Moeketsi Koena and Jayesperi Moopen.

Programme 13 (March 12 and 13 at 19h30) takes place in The Wits Theatre. Athena Mazarakis presents Beyond Words; Gerard Bester will show a three-part work called Attachments 1, 2 & 3 and commissioned Ballet Theatre Afrikan dancer Thoriso Mangongwa presents Je suis. Other choreographers in this programme include Pule Molebatsi and Mandla Bebeza.

To celebrate South Africa’s 10 years of Democracy, the FNB Dance Umbrella will host works by The Kibbutz Dance Company and Moving Into Dance at Uncle Tom’s Hall in Soweto on March 14 from 14h30.

The final week of FNB Dance Umbrella 2004 starts with Programme 15 (March 15 and 16 at 19h30). The Kibbutz Dance Company from Israel will present Screen Saver at The Dance Factory. On March 17 and 18, a double bill programme can be seen at The Wits Theatre: Le Compagnie 1er Temps from Senegal present Pression at 18h00 and Phillip Stein Choreographers Grant recipient Lliane Loots will present The Orion Project at 20h15.

Programme 19 (March 19 and 20) features three commissioned choreographers: Mandla Mcunu with a work entitled Waiting; 2nd Phillip Stein Choreographers Grant recipient Portia Mashigo, presents an untitled piece and Vincent Mantsoe will perform NDAA which premiered at the London Dance Umbrella 2003 to great acclaim.

Tickets for the FNB Dance Umbrella range from R20 to R50 and are available at the door or can be booked at Computicket. Concessions/block bookings and subscription tickets are available. The programme is subject to change. For updates, contact FNB Dance Umbrella at 011 482 4140, fax 011 482 6212 or e-mail danceumbrella@artslink.co.za or visit www.artslink.co.za/arts

The FNB Dance Umbrella 2004, has received additional funding from Business Arts South Africa, the French Institute of South Africa, AFAA, the British Council, Pro-Helvetia Swiss Arts Council, The National Arts Council, The Gauteng Department of Sport, Recreation Arts & Culture and the Johannesburg Development Agency.




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