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LOVE BYTES (article first published : 2005-05-22)

Jay Pather and his ever-innovative and boundary-breaking Siwela Sonke Dance Theatre have created Love Bytes, a season of beautiful original contemporary dance all embracing the theme of love. Performances will be held in the Playhouse Loft from June1 to 5.

Love Bytes is a series of four exciting new works of South African choreography all linked by the theme of love by Simpiwe Magazi, Ntombi Gasa, Neliswa Rushualang and Eric Shabalala. The production, which looks at different situations, possibilities and approaches to love, is directed by Jay Pather and features dancers from the Siwela Sonke Dance Theatre and guest artists.

In his programme notes, Simpiwe Magazi says: "You walk around along the dusted streets of a place, finding that there is nothing that is compared and nothing that an individual can compare to. Giving and receiving love. You find yourself surrounded by an open space from one point to another."

Ntombi Gasa features a young woman who is caught in her own web with a group of four young men. Nothing really matters to her - not the flirtation, the teasing, the laughter or her dark side.

Neliswa Rushualang considers that when falling in love, a person practically hands over their heart to a complete stranger. Her piece examines the issue of trust and being trusted; commitment and risk; opportunity and taking chances. She asks: “How complicated it is to completely rely on another person to protect your heart? This is about crushes, infatuation, lust and love. People say nothing lasts forever, but then again they say love is eternal.”

Eric Shabalala celebrates love and togetherness amongst people of different races, colour, religion, and culture. "My piece looks to build strength and trust that has been lost from the past apartheid period. It's about building a new nation," he says.

Love Bytes runs in the Playhouse Loft theatre from June 1 to 5. Performances Wednesday to Saturday at 19h00 (Sunday at 18h00). There are special schools performances at 11h00 on Thursday and Friday. Booking through Computicket or Dial a Seat on 031 369 9444.




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