‘off key’ is an integrated dance piece with four dancers and three live musicians. There are two able-bodied dancers, a dancer in a wheelchair, a dancer who is deaf, a drummer, a bass guitarist and a saxophonist. It is a simple love story: a desperate man is helped by unseen, unforeseen forces (cupids from the world beyond, if you like) to find meaning.
This is Malcolm Black, the artistic directors’, debut choreographic piece for stage; stepping away from the roll as performer where he has been a iconic performer for the last 10 years. Black was nominated for Best Newcomer in Contemporary Dance in 2002 by the FNB Dance Indaba.
Dance Umbrella 2011 is scheduled to run from February 24 to March 6, 2011. The venues will include Wits Theatre, The Dance Factory, the Goethe on Main and UJ Arts Centre. For ten days Johannesburg will be engulfed by contemporary dance.