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BOUNCE (article first published : 2005-07-6)

Presented by BIG Concerts, Vodacom, Metro FM, GHFM and eTV, Bounce! pushes the boundaries of modern theatre and dance by celebrating the powerful vitality and influence of the street in a thrilling stage spectacle. The South African tour kicks off on July 12 in Johannesburg, before moving to Cape Town on July 10 and then to Durban on August 16.

A synthesis between modern-academic dance and hip-hop creates an inventive new way of dealing with hip-hop dance. Bounce is a smashing, entertaining and amazingly brilliant show, that incorporates an exciting array of dance styles, combining Breaking and Popping with Swing, Tap and Boogaloo, in a unique production set to a pulsating soundtrack of music including Hip Hop, Jazz and Rap.

The stage of Bounce looks like an urban adaptation to the successful set of West Side Story, with ghetto architecture. The dance is mixed with rap from a DJ and a human beat-box, and shows the history and culture of hip-hop in a nutshell. Funk, jazz, nightclub dance, John Travolta disco soul from the 70ís, the first raps of Grandmaster Flash, and the MC Hammer dance: the black street culture in a free associative form.

The 15 dancers can perform all styles like popping, locking, b-boying or the boogaloo in a breathtaking way. Limbs go every way and in unexpected directions, the un-logic of the human body is visualized.

Bounce is a spectacular show, which takes an art and turns it into a slick and polished hi octane show, with dazzling bodywork, awesome break-dancing and acrobatics. Production will also be supporting Unite Against Hunger with the upcoming tour, Unite Against Hunger is a crisis food relief programme, spearheaded by food and healthcare giant Tiger Brands. This worthy project feeds over 108,000 children every month.

The performances in Durban take place at the Izulu Theatre, Sibaya Casino & Entertainment Kingdom, Durban from August 16 to 21.

Booking is at Computicket. Tickets R170 in Durban.




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