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RED CRUSHED VELVET (article first published : 2005-09-21)

Red Crushed Velvet presented by the First Physical Theatre Company from Rhodes University in Grahamstown, celebrates three generations of choreography in two short KZN seasons: at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre from October 6 to 9 and the St Anne’s Theatre in Hilton on October 14 and 15.

One of the country’s foremost innovators of physical theatre, First Physical makes a rare appearance to KZN with a programme which was highly acclaimed at this year’s Grahamstown Festival in July, featuring work by Jeannette Ginslov, Gary Gordon and Bailey Snyman.

After a call for proposals, Jeannette Ginslov was commissioned to create a new work for First Physical. She conceived Part One: Fear and Laughter with the company's six resident performers who reveal personal stories that amuse, engage and entertain - stories that they would rather have slip quietly away from public scrutiny.

Meantime, Artistic Director Gary Gordon has been working with seven stunning male performers (and an "Anthropologist") in the creation of Tread. Subtitled "some misgivings on the inability of man to step quietly on the ground", Gordon's evocative and haunting new danceplay incorporates specially commissioned music from Francois le Roux (aka the Ha!Man).

Bailey Snyman has re-worked his Straits which premiered at the FNB Dance Umbrella. This time, Snyman welcomes guest artist Lisia Moala who has been principal dancer with Independent Ballet Wales for the last ten years. Straits is described as “an exquisitely danced journey into personal memories, the need to remember, and the choice to forget”.

Red Crushed Velvet offers schools and public performances.

Performances at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre take place at 10h30 & 20h00 on October 6 and 7, with one performance on October 8 at 20h00 and an early show on October 9 at 14h30. Tickets R50 (R30 concessions). A comprehensive range of merchandise is available from the theatre. Public booking is at Computicket and the ticket price includes a glass of wine.

Bookings for schools at the Elizabeth Sneddon through Margie Coppen on 083 251 9412 and for St Anne’s on 033 343 3300.

Further information from Calum Stevenson on 083-410 7747.




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