Wednesday, 18 January 2012 14:39

Death and the Maidens

Dada Masilo is currently fascinated by tragic heroines in dance and literature – the lack of motivation (as authored by men) for their madness and/or suicides; and historically, the misogyny of formal religion.
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Wednesday, 18 January 2012 14:16

Out of This Body

Moya Michael, international dancer/choreographer of note, has lent her personality and skill to renowned choreographers Anna Teresa de Keersmaecker and Akram Khan. Now she is to offer the public a uniquely, innovative solo work - a raw, intimate study and deconstruction of her identity used as a mirror to humanity’s struggle to define itself in a shapeless, fragile and always boundless reality.
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Tuesday, 17 January 2012 12:45

Mixed Bill

Gates of Hell by Fana Tshabalala, uncle stans jane and john doe by Mari-Louise Basson, Imbokodo by Mdu Mtshali & Unknown Equation by Ivan Teme.
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Monday, 19 December 2011 11:28

Who is this beneath my skin

I am of mixed race. Black and White. I do not know how much of each. All I know is that I am me and that is what I would like you to see. Not your version of what you think I should be or an image of me that is comfortable for you to accept.

Desiré Davids


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Wednesday, 14 December 2011 15:12

Triple Bill

Inter.Fear by Athena Mazarakis and Hansel Nezza, Cellardoor by Alan Parker and Canvas by Louise Coetzer: Company: Darkroom Contemporary
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Thursday, 17 March 2011 10:47

To Whom Shall I Leave My Voice?

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

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Tuesday, 15 March 2011 19:52

How Can I Show You

The relationship between hearing and seeing is when two brothers are torn between their abilities. A young dancer is challenged to find a way to show why he is called the best dancer in town. What is consumed through the eye has now to go through the ear.
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Tuesday, 15 March 2011 18:32

Colours of Dreams

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.
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Wednesday, 09 February 2011 16:49

Off Key

‘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.

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Wednesday, 09 February 2011 14:11

My Exile Is In My Head

Through this piece the choreographer deals with personal questions of home,belonging, non-belonging and forms of exile. To give the word to the embodied body, that had passed through such tunnel of experience. In his own rationality, there is no exile without a prior movement or emigration, he who says exile, says home in reverse, but the concept of exile is not about relocation or departure, the only thing that is real is the tragedy that such loss of home constantly brings to one’s existence.

This work is presented with assistance from the French Institute of South Africa and the French Embassy South Africa


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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!