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EVERYDAY (article first published : 2001-08-21)

Everyday is a duet described as an “extract from everyday life, to be performed outside” by Valérie Berger of La Reunion and South Africa’s Sello Pesa.

A co-production by Le Séchoir, theatre of Saint Leu (La Reunion), the French Institute of South Africa and FNB Vita, Everyday is presented by the NSA Gallery in collaboration with JOMBA! Contemporary Dance Experience which opens tomorrow night (August 22) at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre.

Valérie Berger of La Reunion and South Africa’s Sello Pesa met in Tananarive in 1999, during the Meetings of the Choreographic Creations of Africa and the Indian Ocean. Since September 2000, Tetradanse company choreographer Valérie Berger, who is in residence at the Séchoir, has made several flights to Johannesburg. In turn, Inzalo company dancer and choreographer Sello Pesa makes several flights to La Reunion. Each flight takes them over the large island of Madagascar - just long enough to wink at it through the window:

The creation of Everyday started in September 2000. “This piece explores our daily life and the boundary that separates our social, conditioned space from a more primary space in which we trust our instincts and our senses,” say Valérie Berger and Sello Peso who “draw the square field of our bondages, the limits of our conditioned lives. Inside, the repetition of actions in daily life, humour, irony and light cruelty. Outside, the body language is that of instinct, and structures itself in an organic movement.”

“Go from one space to the other,” urge the performers. “Forget the time, laugh at superfluity, get rid of it, go back to it. Expose oneself, protect oneself.” They are vastly difference: she is “nervous, fast, and rebellious”. He is “serious, serene and amazed”. They speak of their project as soft evidence that becomes more and more solid during the rehearsal period. Flights between Reunion and Johannesburg are scarce. They would of course otherwise be travelling “Everyday”.

There will be a performance of Everyday on August 27 at 18h00 at the NSA Galleries. Tickets R15 at the door.

More details from the NSA, 166 Bulwer Road, Glenwood, Durban. Or phone (031) 202-3686 or fax (031) 202-3744 or e-mail: iartnsa@mweb.co.za




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