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DANCE QUICKIES 2004 (article first published : 2004-04-22)

Opening tonight for a short season of three performances in the Square Space Theatre is Dance Quickies 2004 which comprises five new works created by Flatfoot Dance members. These works have been created for members of Flatfoot’s student and training company. The season allows the main company members to explore choreographic ideas and skills while providing an opportunity for the training dancers to perform in a full-on presentation for the public.

The works are wide-ranging and have been created by Marise Kyd; S'fiso Ngcobo; Clare Craighead; Caroline van Wyk and Suhana Gordhan.

In Marise Kyd’s A Photograph: Lovers in Motion from a play by Ntozake Shange adapted by Quincy Fynn, I was considerably impressed by Josette Eales. A focused and eloquent mover, we will no doubt be seeing much more of her. The rest of the cast included Nqobile Khoza; Phumelele Madlala, Mike Parry and S’thembiso Shedile.

S'fiso Ngcobo made an interesting choice of music by Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan for his And then he walked in …. This required a strong sustainability from his dancers, Ayanda Mpama, Zakhele Mhlongo and Caroline Burne, the latter showing a notable maturity of emotion.

The title of Clare Craighead’s piece is simply an empty box which the audience is invited to complete with their choice of name. This was a dramatic work involving relationships, the tearing up of papers, a squeaky movable mirror and lipstick smeared across a face. Dancers were Hannah Bromberger and Leona Gwamanda (who both wrote the text) alongside Hannah Deall; Sean De Klerk; Shayna Dekock and Dylan Edy. A note of fun was introduced with Tiny Tim’s rendition of Tiptoe through the Tulips!

Caroline Van Wyk made use of video imagery for her fascinating Paradise is Cheap which incorporated much humour as she explored whacky relationships – first of all between Thulile Mahlaba, Neville Williams and Gareth Pretorius and later with Janna Ramos-Violante and Mduduzi Ntuli. This latter partnership provided the highlight of the evening.

Rounding off the programme, Suhana Gordhan allowed herself full comic rein with her Bollygood Love, a send-up of Bollywood movies well-presented by Nasreen Rasool, Lenin Shabalala and Lindsay McDonald with Rowin Munsamy appearing as Narrator and a hilarious granny. This piece also allowed the members of the full company the opportunity to showcase their skills in Indian dance as they joined the Bollygood Love cast for the finale!

In her programme notes, Lliane Loots, artistic director of Flatfoot Dance Company, states that she is “particularly proud of the student company this year as, for many of them, this is a first encounter with contemporary dance.”

Her sense of pride is justified. Dance Quickies is well worth a visit. It runs in the Square Space Theatre from April 21 to 23 at 18h30. Running time 80 minutes with interval - coffee bar and bar facilties are available. Tickets R5. Contact Claudette Wagner on 031 260 3134 between 09h00 and 13h00. – Caroline Smart




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