“BLOODLINES”: An evocative dance theatre work that conjures images around history, remembering travels from rural KwaZulu-Natal, to colonial memories of Boer Wars and the South Durban concentration camps that held Boer women and Children between 1899 and 1902, to modern day acts of xenophobia and the invocation “who started what?”. Choreography by Lliane Loots, with the original spoken word by Iain ewok Robinson. Bloodlines features Pamela Van Deutekom from INTRODANS, the Netherlands.

The presentation of this work was made possible by the Kingdom of the Netherlands

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“circle”: This work began as an exploration of traditional values around story-telling and its place in both ancient and contemporary African society. It involved the dancers using this platform to negotiate their own ‘stories’ and so the work has a very private and intimate sensibility. Choreography by Sifiso E. Kweyama.

The presentation of this work was made possible by the Kingdom of the Netherlands

 

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Focuses  on a journey of search for the truth  “coming clean”, purity, healing, growth, newness which can be symbolic of death and new beginnings, individuality and space that define our inner being. The work represents freedom from the physical body, as we experience in sleep and while dreaming where we don’t use our physical bodies, but instead use our mental and spiritual bodies to experience our dreams.

“The choreographer is inspired by the saying ‘Don’t judge the book by its cover’ the choreographer believes that the reality or truth of everyone and everything lies inside, in the place where one would usually never think of looking. Hence the piece explores movements and places that make everything to be what it is”.

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Other Highlights

  • Fringe Programme: Saturday, February 26 from 14:00 @ The Wits Theatre: A programme of new works from young up and coming professional choreographers that will give you a view into the future!!
  • Stepping Stones a wonderful celebration of the wide diversity of South African dance!! Sunday, February 27 from 10:00 at the Wits Theatre.
  • Site Specific work by Alan Parker called Retrospective: Altered Daily: you will feel his presence all over the Dance Umbrella!!
  • Dance Writers Workshop: In partnership with the Goethe-Institut South Africa, a workshop for dance writers will be facilitated by Zingi Mkefa. Dance articles by the participants and other selected journalists will be written for The Citizen CitiVibe for the special Dance Umbrella 2011 editions!
  • Master Classes: a series of master classes facilitated by internationally renowned teacher/dancers, will take place during the Dance Umbrella: watch the press for more information!
  • DO WE NEED COCA COLA TO DANCE: A documentary about contemporary dance in Africa!! The Dance Factory: Sunday, February 27 @ 15:00. Created and produced by Qudus Onikeku from Nigeria.
  • Celebrating the life of Pina Bausch: A series of films about the legendary German choreographer Pina Bausch will be shown in partnership with the Goethe- Institut South Africa. Watch press for details!

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