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FNB DANCE UMBRELLA 2005 (article first published : 2004-08-1)

The FNB Dance Umbrella 2005, will run at the Wits Theatre Complex and Dance Factory in Johannesburg, from February 23 to March 19, 2005.

The focus is on original new contemporary choreography, to encourage and promote the development of creative talent at every level.

However the FNB Dance Umbrella has grown to unprecedented levels, expanding internationally over the past few years; the result is that there is not enough space and time to programme all entries without the festival ultimately losing its main focus: development of South African choreography.

Open Platform; Fresh Moves; New Moves and Stepping Stones.

The Main Programme will feature only commissioned works by South African choreographers and international choreographers and/or collaborations, which are assisted by foreign consuls.

The Open Platform Programme will be mainly for un-commissioned established choreographers.

The Fresh Moves Programme will feature young choreographers in educational institutions and/or community-based projects, who focus on the development of contemporary choreography.

The New Moves Programme is for upcoming and young contemporary choreographers who have produced work professionally.

For all of the above programmes, selection will be on the basis that the artist's work is seen during the year at other projects and/or festivals besides the annual Dance Umbrella.

The Stepping Stones programme will include work by youth groups and dance schools as well as choreographers who request that their work runs on this programme for practical or other reasons.

As in the past, the venues for the FNB Dance Umbrella, and all technical facilities within the theatre, publicity, posters and programmes are provided, at no cost to participating choreographers, dance companies or groups.

Apart from the annual Phillip Stein Grants, awarded to Athena Mazarakis and Hlengiwe Lushaba for 2005, the organisers, in collaboration with The Dance Forum Board, will commission up to ten South African choreographers.

The Dance Forum also invites applications for the main grant of R40,000, which will be a co-production with the FNB Dance Umbrella and another amount of R10,000, which can be applied for a new work.

Those wishing to to apply for either of the above-mentioned grants, or wish to enter a work for the FNB Dance Umbrella 2005, call 011 482 4140 or 011 482 5179.




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