To Whom Shall I Leave My Voice?

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In a time when, in the name of “progress”, we put old people -wise people- behind closed doors, shut away, voiceless – woman, two phases of a lifetime – the younger, fearing what she might become...the older, celebrating who she has become

“Western” society has a tendency to hide the aging/aged, to put them out to pasture, into retirement, out of active society. The “sage” or wise person was heralded in so-called “primitive” societies as the Oracle – the font of wisdom and cultural history. In the flamenco world, this is no different – the form is dynamic- ever changing. The young re-invent it – and the old mourn the end of what flamenco once was. In the process of creating this piece, I have investigated the impact of aging on a dancing body using traditional flamenco form and language, juxtaposing it against modern influences. I have also interrogated the power that aging may or may not hold, the freedom it may offer and on the other hand, the fears (or otherwise) that come with mortality.

One woman is portrayed in two phases of her life – her early twenties and her late sixties. Each “part” of her experiences the “other” , either looking forward, or recalling and reminiscing, experiencing the fears that accompany both phases of life and letting go of making peace with/overcoming these.

Below is a video compilation of excerpts from the Dance Umbrella Performance

Additional Info

  • Choreographer: Carolyn Holden
  • Venue/Time: Dance Factory
  • Title of Work: To Whom Shall I Leave My Voice
  • Music: Voice Over: Nicole Holm, Sound Recording & Editing: David Maclean at SAE Institute
  • Costume Design: Jenny Stretch
  • Set Design: none
  • Lighting Design: none
  • Director/Artistic Director: none
  • Dancers/Performers/Cast: Veronica Williams, Nicole Kleinhans
  • Video: Sanjin Muftic
  • Other: Stage Manager: Lexi Parolis
  • Company: La Rosa Spanish Dance Theatre

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!