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NEW VOICES AT NAF (article first published : 2004-06-28)

Quirky, touching and grotesque emotional landscapes are featured in the First Physical Theatre Company's New Voices 2004 at the National Arts Festival.

Some 20 dance-makers from across the Eastern Cape have been working intensely with First Physical since April in a skills programme presented in association with CreateSA. Three works choreographed by the dancers under the direction of Gary Gordon and his company draw together a multitude of skills in dance and choreography.

Wriggling around in someone else's head choreographed by Zoey Lapinsky and her cast is a strange and quirky dance piece inspired by the dancers themselves. Lapinsky has evoked the individuality of the dancers through an unusual movement vocabulary and eccentric characterisation.

Nicola Haskins and her cast have created Dis-play her body, a satirical theatrical response to the story of Sarah Bartman - a slave on foreign shores displayed to anyone who would pay the entrance fee. The episodic structure of this work utilises elements of physical theatre, mime, song and dance and evokes the grotesque and macarbe fascination held by a society fascinated with Bartman's physiology.

At once moving and haunting, The Desert Station by Bailey Snyman and his cast features six travellers navigating historical and personal landscapes unaware of the destination. Personal loss and moments from the past are packed in a touching theatrical dance work set on a station platform.

New Voices 2004 is on at the National Arts Festival for four performances only at the City Hall on July 1 (14h00), July 2 (14h00), July 3 (12h00) and July 10 (17h30).




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