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GRASS GARDENS (article first published : 2004-09-14)

Fantastic Flying Fish Dance Company and Nibs van der Spuy, together with former members of Landscape Prayers eventually managed to collaborate together on a project which they had been speaking about for ages - a combined season of dance and music which is completely integrated. Not just musicians on stage playing music as a backing to which the dancers perform, but to engage the musicians into the performance with the dancers.

Grass Gardens incorporates music from Landscape Prayers’ past three albums as well as new material and compositions that were prepared last year. Choreographer David Gouldie worked closely with the band members to come up with a variety of new rhythms and sounds which enhance the performance and give it its unique edge.

Grass Gardens is an electrifying and visually spectacular feast of dance and music, with the designers, Michael Broderick (lighting), Jackie Cunniffe (sound) and Ebrahim Medell (costumes), weaving their own special magic into the event. The performance will feature former Landscape Prayers musicians Bruce Baker (drums), Logan Byrne (bass) and Anton Cawthorn-Blazeby (violin) who will be joined on stage by Rowan Stuart (guitar) from Cynosure.

Fantastic Flying Fish Dance Company has earned a reputation of being an innovative and versatile company in the six years of its existence. It has toured South Africa extensively and has toured internationally.

This collaborative season has been conceptualized and choreographed by award-winning FFFDC Resident Choreographer, David Gouldie, whose work has been recognized nationally and internationally. He was also a finalist in the prestigious DaimlerChrysler Contemporary Choreography Award last year. His work is steeped in the classical technique but incorporates physical theatre and contemporary dance techniques which makes his work most exciting to watch.

Grass Gardens will be performed at the Nelson Mandela Theatre, at The Johannesburg Civic Theatre from September 28 to October 3. Tickets R55 to R115.

Bookings now open at Computicket. For discounted tickets for groups of ten or more call VIP Ticketing: 011 877-6854




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