Face to Face with the choreographers

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Dance Umbrella 2012, principally funded by the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund, is scheduled to run from February 17 to March 4, 2012. For fifteen days Johannesburg will be engulfed by contemporary dance which can be seen at the Market Theatre complex, Wits Theatre, The Dance Factory, the Goodman Gallery at Goethe on Main and Johannesburg Stock Exchange.
One of the highlights of the 24th edition will be the Face to Face discussions to be hosted after certain performances by dance writer Adrienne Sichel. She will discuss with the dance makers the various aspects and creative processes regarding their staged works. Audiences will be invited to join in the conversations.

To set the pace for Dance Umbrella 2012 Sichel will talk to collaborators Nelisiwe Xaba and Mocke J van Veuren at Goodman on Arts on Main on February 16. Their Uncles & Angels is an interactive dance/video work which interrogates the annual Reed Dance celebration in Kwa-Zulu Natal. This preview performance is at 18:30 followed by the Face to Face at 19:30.

On February18 at about 21:30 Gregory Vuyani Maqoma will discuss his new work Exit/Exist together with director James Ngcobo and others of the creative team. Exit/Exist is a reflection on the role the renowned Chief Maqoma played in the history of the Xhosa people.

February 19 features Jay Pather speaking about Qaphela Caesar! after the 18:00 performance in the Johannesburg Old Stock Exchange. Selected performers will join him. This site specific, mixed-media work is based on Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar.

Another dance pioneer, Alfred Hinkel, now based in Namaqualand, will premiere Dansmetdieduiwels (age restriction: no under 16) which explores Church doctrines and how they can affect daily life. The performance, followed by the discussion, is on February 22 at 19:30 in the Market Theatre.

Internationally renowned South African choreographer Robyn Orlin brings back her prestigious Daddy, I’ve seen this piece six times before, and I still don’t know why they’re hurting each other…six performers fight over the same space, while they wait for their director to arrive! You can join Robyn and her cast after the performance on February 23, at 22:00.

On February 27 at 20:00 Desiré Davids presents her very personal multi-media piece WHO IS THIS?…Beneath my Skin at the Dance Factory at 20:00. She will elaborate on how her persona is imposed upon by culture, racial prejudice and apartheid history.

Sifiso Kweyama and Moeketsi Koena share the Laager Theatre with two works which investigate how changes can, or don’t, affect one’s life and Kieron Jina performs a solo work called Homodryer in the Laager Theatre at 21:00. On February 29, at 21:30, after both programmes, Sichel will speak to the three choreographers about their respective histories and artistic approaches.

Vincent Mantsoe presents a new creation called Opera for Fools which reflects on when Soweto, Alexandra and other townships in South Africa were the centre stage for what happened in this country in the 1970s and 1980s. His interview is on March 3 after the 20:30 performance.

The final Face to Face conversation is with Dada Masilo at the Dance Factory, following the final performance of her new work Death and the Maidens on Sunday 4 March at 14:00. Indeed a fitting finale to an exciting Dance Umbrella 2012.

Tickets for Dance Umbrella 2012 can be booked at Computicket. Prices range from R30 to R100. Concessions/block bookings and subscription tickets are available.

Please contact 011 492 0709 / 2033 for further information or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Visit www.artslink.co.za/artswww.danceumbrella.co.za
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