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WOMEN'S FESTIVAL - DANCE (article first published : 1999-07-22)

The Playhouse Company and Transnet present The 1999 South African Women’s Arts Festival from August 5 to 8 in the Playhouse complex. After inviting applications nationally, the dance sector of the festival is a pot-pouri of South Africa's top female choreographers which should attract all dance-fans.

Currently on an exchange visit to Berlin's Goethe Instituut, Robyn Orlin is one of South Africa's most controversial contemporary choreographers. Her. "in a corner the sky surrenders ... another version" is danced by Nelsiwe Xaba. Lliane Loots’s the earth has not forgotten us features Siwela Sonke Dance Theatre members Ntombi Gasa, Nelly Rushualang (both FNBVita Award-winners), Pravika Nandkishore and Angela Lardant.

Other artists include Linda Vargas and guitarist Demi Fernandez in the classical Spanish piece, Alegrias while the Suria Langa Dance Company explores the Bharata Natyam dance style. Ntombi Gasa performs a solo work, Life and Soul and Susan Abraham choreographs Lorcia & Exposed. for dancers Lorcia Cooper and Gavin Taele. Esther Nasser presents the contemporary dance work, Against the Gate featuring dancers Charlene Griggs, Sean Bovim and Belinda Nasser and there is a new wok titled Free presented by Portia Mashigo of the Johannesburg based Moving into Dance Company.

Juanita Finestone, long-standing choreographer and co-founder for First Physical Theatre Company, will perform Knowing it was a mirage made no difference and Gladys Agullus appears with Wendy Davids in Friendship, a work Gladys was commissioned to do for FNB Vita in January 1999


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