South Africa’s Dance Umbrella Festival will this year celebrate its 25 years of existence in style, with many dance events set to take place all over Johannesburg from 31 August to 15 September, and graced by the participation of both local and international companies.
The programme, which forms part of the Johannesburg Arts Alive International Festival, will reflect the remarkable history and ongoing growth of contemporary dance in South Africa, the organisers said last week.
The programme for the anniversary celebrations include:
• Cover Up, by Mandafounis-Mazliah-Zahry, a show from the William Forsythe Company in Germany. Dance Factory in Newtown on August 31 and September 1 at 6pm.
• Stepping Stones, a youth dance programme on September 1 at Wits Theatre. Entrance to this day-long programme is free.
• Indumba, a commissioned work by Fana Tshabalala, the Standard Bank Young Arts Award recipient for Dance 2013, will be presented at the Dance Factory on September 3 and 4 at 7pm.
• Blank Page, at the Market Theatre on September 3, 4 and 5, presented by the doyenne of contemporary dance Adele Blank.
• A Mixed Bill programme featuring six young choreographers – Reginald Danster, Sunnyboy Motau, Thamsanqa Majela, Liyabuya Gongo, Nthabiseng Segoe and Joni Barnard with Kieron Jina, will be at the Wits Downstairs Theatre on September 5 and 6 at 7.30pm.
• Another Chopstick Story/Swan by Pro-Helvetia, the Swiss Arts Council, will be presented by T42 Dance Projects at Wits Theatre on September 6 at 6pm. The work is choreographed by Misato Inoue and Felix Dumeril at 6 at 18:00.
• I Feel Ya, the collaboration between Moving into Dance Mophatong, Zuluboy and the Cross Over Dance Company from the Netherlands, will be presented at the Market Theatre on September 7 and 8 at 6.30pm and 3pm. Made possible by the Fonds Podium Kunsten Netherlands.
• Okuya Phantisi Kwempumlo/The Meal by Mamela Nyamza will be at the Barney Simon Theatre on September 7 at 7.30pm and September 8 at 2pm.
• Our Lady of the Flowers is presented by Francisco Camacho/EIRA on Sunday September 8 in the Wits Theatre at 6pm. Presented in partnership with the Government of Portugal and the Secretary for Culture.
• Platitudes by Kristin Wilson from Tshwane Dance Theatre will be presents on Tuesday and Wednesday September 10 and 11 at 6pm at the Barney Simon Theatre.
• C/lose/r by US-based choreographer Helanius J. Wilkins on September 10 and 11 and at The Dance Factory at 8pm. Presented in partnership with the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities and supported by the National Endowment of the Arts USA.
• Senegalese choreographer Germaine Acogny brings her new solo work called Songook Yaakaar (facing up to hope) at the the Market Theatre on September 11 and 12 at 7.30pm. Acogny makes you meet her Africa: its leaders, its people and life today, showing that there is hope in spite of everything. It is presented in partnership with the French Institute of South Africa.
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