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DANCE UBUNTU (article first published : 2004-09-3)

For the first time in history, the Durban events calendar featured Dance Ubuntu in 2003. This “Rainbow of Dances” was presented in the Playhouse Opera and was extremely well received by a large audience.

The project was undertaken by the Indian Academy of South Africa. In their numbers, dance students gave their teachers and schools a sense of fulfillment when they presented their items in the context of the different linguistic groups and communities.

The Indian Academy will again host Dance Ubuntu in the same venue on September 18. This year’s production will include several entries from across South Africa. The event will feature such dance styles as Gumboot, Traditional Zulu, Indian Folk, Irish Hard Shoe, Latin American, Greek, Portuguese, etc. Well over 16 different dance groups are expected to participate in this year’s dance festival.

The Indian Academy has been forced to curtail larger participation because of budget limitations. It is hoped that in 2005 the Celebrate Durban festival committee will provide a larger allocation of funds to enable the Academy to bring more groups from across South Africa.

Dance Ubuntu is a viable and practical demonstration of creating harmony and understanding between various race groups through the arts.

The Indian Academy offers special discount tickets for groups from dance schools and organisations as well as financially-disadvantaged organisations.

The performance, which forms part of the Celebrate Durban Festival, will be presented in the Playhouse Opera on September 18 at 19h00. Tickets have been reasonably priced at R30, R20 and R15 and are obtainable from Atlas Printers on 031 332 7628, The Indian Academy on 031 400 2725 or The Little Indian Restaurant in Musgrave Road on 031 201 1121 as well as at Computicket outlets or on 083 915 8000. Further information from Dineshren Naidoo, Event Co-Ordinator on 031 307 3603.




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