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DANCE IN ACTION 2004 (article first published : 2004-10-27)

Close on 300 students will dance, leap and twirl in Dance In Action 2004, a celebration of the dance and movement work done by the Drama and Performance Studies Programme of the Univerity of KwaZulu-Natal.

It features a First Year Ritual that heralds the passing of time and the Four Seasons. Second Year students will walk, jive and pansula to the rhythms of Ethekwini in a celebration of the sites, sounds and colours of Durban. Third Year Dance majors, offer an intense dance investigation into (dis)connecting and the physical and spiritual journeys people walk each day.

The second half of the evening features Flatfoot Dance Company in a work by Marise Kyd who has just won the Breakthrough/Newcomer KZN DanceLink award. Titled Changing Times, it is an exploration of gender identity that fuses hip-hop and contemporary dance. This work was originally commisioned by the Playhouse Company for the 2004 Women's Arts Festival.

The final work on show is a mass celbaration made for Flatfoot Student Company by Lliane Loots. Using the grand music of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Requiem, Loots has put the student company through their paces to make a serious and heartfelt work that addresses the HIV/AIDS crisis. “WIth so much death around us,” she says, “this work asks us to celebrate life.” With video footage and some extra-ordinary performances, this work showcases some of Durban's finest up and coming Flatfoot training dancers.

Performances take place on November 5 and 6 at 18h30 in the Pieter Scholtz Open Air Theatre at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

More information from Claudette Wagner (between 09h00 and 12h30 weekdays only) on 031 260 3134 or e-mail: wagnerc1@ukzn.ac.za




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