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DOGTROEP LABORATORY (article first published : 2001-02-28)

Dogtroep Theatre Company from Holland has initiated a four-week laboratory in Durban during February and March in association with the NSA Gallery. Eight Dogtroep members will work and share ideas on a one-to-one basis with eight Durban based artists, actors and musicians. The workshop will culminate in a series of presentations on March 2 (19h00), March 3 (15h30 and 19h00), March 9 (19h00) and March 10 (15h30 and 19h00) at Gunners Arms (Moth Hall), Corner Wyatt and Old Fort Road.

Dogtroep started 25 years ago as a raw street-theatre-event collective and is now known for big-scale performances at events such as the World Expo in Seville, the Winter Olympics in the French Alpos and the Royal Carré Theatre in Amsterdam. Dogtroep now travels, engaging and interacting with other artists from around the world.

In their performances Dogtroep hardly use words. Relying on the impact of image, music, inventive costuming, video and ingenious props, they creative innovative theatrical events.

In co-operation with South African artist Cathy Henegan, Dogtroep has initiated this project in Durban, co-ordinated by Storm Janse van Rensburg and Jay Pather. Local artists participating are Masha du Toit, Zama Dunywa, Thando Mama, Brendon Bussy, Dean Henning, Welile Thembe, Thami Sikhosana and Jodi Georgiades.

Bookings for the presentations at NSA Gallery on (031) 202-2293. The project is supported by the Royal Dutch Embassy in South Africa, Fonds voor de Podiumkunsten. Further thanks to the BAT Centre, Fantastic Flying Fish and Technikon Natal.

To keep track of the working process in Durban, the Dogtroep website will carry new images and a working diary by participants in English and Dutch, three times a week at www.dogtroep.nl




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