Commissioned work and collaborations

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Dance Umbrella 2012, presented by Dance Forum in association with the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund (Principal funder), The National Arts Council, Goethe-Institut South Africa, Embassy of Belgium Delegation of the Flemish Government and the Spanish Embassy Mzansi Cultura, runs from February 17 to March 4, 2012. Venues this year include the Market Theatre, Wits Theatre, Goodman on Main at Arts on Main, Old Stock Exchange inner city Joburg and the Dance Factory in Newtown.
Sixteen works on the Dance Umbrella 2012 have either been commissioned or invited. They are:

> Nelisiwe Xaba and Mocke J Van Veuren’s Uncles  & Angels, an interactive dance/video performance piece which looks at the annual Reed Festival that takes place in rural Kwa-Zulu Natal and the role it plays in the lives of young girls. It has performances on Friday 17, 18 and 19 February at 18:00 at The Goodman Space at Arts on Main. It is presented in partnership with the Goodman Gallery.

> Exit/Exist by Gregory Vuyani Maqoma - a work that looks at the process of existing today, while reflecting on the significance of the role the renowned chief of the Xhosa nation, Maqoma, played in the transformation of the history of this country. Performances will start at 20:30 on the 17 and 18 February and at 15:00 on February 19.

> Cape Town-based choreographer Jay Pather’s Qaphela Caesar! - a mixed-media work based on Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar that looks at personal and political betrayal within the momentum of change. Dance enthusiasts can re-discover the old down-town Johannesburg Stock Exchange where   performances take place on February 18 and 19 at 18:00.

> a programme of four works which includes:  Gates of Hell by Fana Tshabalala, who has just returned from a two month residency in France; uncle stans jane and john doe by Mari-Louise Basson which looks at the effects of child sexual abuse; Imbokodo by Mdu Mtshali from Durban looks at how the ravages of AIDS has affected the lives of many and Ivan Teme’s Unknown, a curious and amusing look at communication and just how easily people can misunderstand each other. At the Dance Factory on Tuesday 21 and Wednesday 22 February at 19:00.

>Alfred Hinkel’s new work Dansmetdieduiwels, created with assistant choreographer John Linden - the story of a young man from the Northern Cape who had an affinity for working with young people and how his intentions were misunderstood and ultimately caused tragedy! The performances are on February 21, 22 and 23 at the Market Theatre at 19:30. This programme is not for persons under the age of 16.

> Robyn Orlin’s internationally renowned work, daddy, I’ve seen this piece six times before, and I still don’t know why they’re hurting each other. This work premiered at the FNB Dance Umbrella 1998 and subsequently toured internationally to great acclaim. Its return to South Africa has been long awaited. At the Laager at the Market Theatre on February 22, 23 and 24 at 21:00.

> PJ Sabbagha’s multimedia dance piece One Night Stand - a provocative exploration of the many ways people are “infected”; the pervasive invasion of things, thoughts and actions that infect us physically, emotionally and mentally. This will be presented at the Wits Theatre on February 23 and 24 at 19:00. An age restriction of no under 16s applies.

> a Mixed Bill featuring works by:

Athena Mazarakis (Johannesburg) and Hansel Nezza (Barcelona/Berlin) with a work called Inter.Fear. Mazarakis and Nezza collaborated to create an innovative theatrical experience that explores fear as            ‘interference’ which mediates human encounters and relationships. The material for the work was sourced         and researched across three cities, Barcelona, Berlin and Johannesburg. The work is presented in     collaboration with the Goethe Institut and the Spanish Embassy Mzansi Cultura;

Alan Parker with Cellardoor which discovers and uncovers the sensation caused by beauty;

Louise Coetzer with Canvas, a collaboration with graffiti artist Imraan from Cape Town and Boyzie Cekwana         with a quick, sneak preview of his new work, a thinking out loud experiment.  This programme can be seen   at the Dance Factory on February 24 and 25 at 20:00.

> Mark Hawkins’ new work Dirty Laundry - he works with the Moving into Dance Mophatong Company and takes a humorous look at how “dirty laundry” can affect people’s lives via gossip columns: the dirtier your past secrets are, the more famous you become! This can be seen at the Market Theatre on February 25 at 15:00 and 20:00 and on February 26 at 15:00.

> WHO IS THIS?…Beneath my Skin by Desiré Davids is a multi-media work that searches for self and fights against confinement. It interrogates the unpacking of oneself and looking at who you really are. This programme is at the Dance Factory on February 27 and 28 at 20:00. This work originally premiered at JOMBA Dance Experience in Durban 2011.

> Moya Michael, a dancer/choreographer who left to study at PARTS in Brussels in the early 1990s, returns to South Africa with a new commissioned work called Out of this Body…for a Little While. With this work she reflects on belonging and how living and moving affects one’s life and circumstances. This work will be presented at the Dance Factory on March 1 and 2 at 19:00 and is presented in partnership with the Embassy of Belgium, Delegation of the Flemish Government.

> Dada Masilo returns to Dance Umbrella with Death and the Maidens at the Dance Factory on March 3 at 19:00 and March 4 at 14:00.  Masilo looks at tragic heroines with this work, where she again fuses existing dance techniques and will be working with a company of woman including members of Tshwane Dance Theatre.

> On March 3 at 15:00 and 20:30 and March 4 at 15:00, Vincent Sekwati Mantsoe premieres his new work Opera for Fools. This work depicts the shebeen life-style that was lived in the Johannesburg townships in the 1970s and 1980s. It takes place in the so-called “informal settlements” of Soweto, Sophiatown and Alexandra showing how the community coped with life in those days.

Dance Umbrella 2012 extends a thank you to its many partners, without whom the festival would not have been presented: The National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund (Principal funder); The National Arts Council; Goethe-Institut Johannesburg; Rand Merchant Bank; Embassy of Belgium Delegation of the Flemish Government, French Institute of South Africa; French Consul; Culture Dutch Flemish Diary in South Africa and Joburg. The Dance Forum also thanks Splitbeam the Theatre and Professional Rental Specialists for the technical back-up at the Dance Factory. Other technical partners include Matrix Sound, Avstage and Innovation.

Bookings for Dance Umbrella 2012 performances at the Wits Theatre, Market Theatre and the Dance Factory can be made by calling Computicket - 083 915 8000 / www.computicket.com .Bookings for performances at the Goodman on Main at Arts on Main and the Old Johannesburg Stock Exchange can be made by calling 011 492 2033.Ticket prices range from R30 to R100. For Block booking discounts and Dance Umbrella 2012 hot-line for programme updates call 083 570 3083.

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

Other Highlights

Stepping Stones:A wonderful celebration of the wide diversity of South African dance. Saturday and Sunday, February 18 & 19 @ 10:00:The Wits Theatre.

The Young Choreographers Workshop Programme: Facilitated by Alfred Hinkel, this ten day workshop will assist young choreographers in finding new tools to creating dance works.

Dance Writers Workshop: Funded by the Goethe Institute: Johannesburg a workshop for dance writers will be facilitated by Mary Corrigall. The participants will go through a process of learning more about reviewing and writing about dance and dance articles by the participants and other selected journalists will be written for a special edition of Dance Umbrella 2012.

Face to Face Discussions: Selected choreographers will discuss their work with Adrienne Sichel and audience members are welcome to attend and take part in the conversation. These face to face meetings will take place at selected times after performances or during the day. Watch press for details.

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