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MIDM DANCES ROUND THE WORLD (article first published : 2004-06-12)

The Moving into Dance Mophatong (MIDM) Company recently returned from a highly successful performance at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, USA. MIDM and Hugh Masekela and Friends (Jabu Khanyile, Vusi Mahlasela and Busi Mhlongo) performed, in celebration of Ten Years of Democracy in South Africa, by special invitation from SA Ambassador, Barbara Masekela.

In the first part of the evening MIDM presented Gregory Maqoma’s Mzansi-Africa Delight, a compilation of critically acclaimed works from the repertoire. The work traces South Africa’s rich historical past, honours the journeys taken to affirm the country’s various cultural identities, and embraces a future where new voices will be acknowledged.

The Company then performed in a collaborative reworking of Themba Nkabinde's Stimela (1995) to the live music of Stimela by Hugh Masekela for the grand finale. They also performed and conducted Afrofusion workshops at various schools and dance centres, as well as the Africa Resource Center in Washington DC.

On June 14, the Company leaves for Europe to perform at the International Dance Festival in Kuopio, Finland, where they will perform various acclaimed works from their repertoire, which includes Sylvia Glasser's seminal work, Tranceformations. The Company then returns to start work on Sylver Synergy which is to be performed at the 2004 National Arts Festival in Grahamstown.




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